Heritage Lottery Fund award set to transform Whitworth Art Gallery

17 02 2011

Just a quick post to pass on some fantastic news, we’ve been awarded the awarded £8million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards our long-awaited extension.
I’m sure many of you will have seen the  designs by leading architects MUMA and I’m also sure that if you have you’ll be as excited as we are.

You can find  more details on our Capital Development page

This is excellent news indeed and as I’m sure you can imagine a great deal of hard work from many people has paid off.
I’d like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work that’s made this all possible.

As this development is about to become a reality I’d just like to share a quote with you that helps to show just how long it has been a dream;

‘I have come to the conclusion that a good museum or gallery should be a place where people feel comfortable.If it stands in a garden or park, the visitors should be able to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors as a counterpoint to what is within.’
Margaret Pilkington, Whitworth Art Gallery Director following a visit to Oslo, 1932

The world has changed a good deal since 1932 and a great many events and have led us to where we are now and have shaped our direction for the future.Margaret Pilkington’s words are as true now as then she wrote them. Much work has been done at the Whitworth since then but always with the same aim.
It can be difficult to encapsulate an aim but something that literally shows the shape the Whitworth will be taking are some carefully planted crocus bulbs!

During one of our family events last year these were planted in the shape of the ‘footprint’ of the new perimeter and are now shooting through right on cue – hopefully an encouraging portent for our future!

Crocus shoots marking new Whitworth perimeter

Crocus shoots marking out the future footprint of the Whitworth

Our capacity and facilities will change a great deal in the coming years and while we may look different and be able to offer more one thing will remain the same.

We are the Whitworth. The same gallery we have always been and will continue to be.

Only thanks to our redevelopment, even more so.




One response

18 02 2011

That’s brilliant news, well done to all the team involved in pulling it together. Can’t wait to see the changes to come in the short term, and the long term effects on the local communities. Let the work commence and the outside in!

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