A View From the Friends of the Whitworth

17 10 2011

The Friends of the Whitworth are supporting the capital development through a fundraising campaign and lots of fantastic events. Here, their Chair, Stuart Halsall talks about what they’ve been doing so far and their plans for the future…

The excitement is building (and that’s not just a pun). The Gala Evening which we held at Capesthorne Hall in April was a great success, raising the profile of the Friends (we even madeCheshire Life!) and a substantial amount for our capital appeal. This has been followed by a series of varied and popular events over the summer including Art Gardens, a most successful sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay, a visit to the new Hepworth and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a fascinating tour of stained glass in Churches in the South West, a week’s assimilation of Swedish culture in Stockholm and Gotland, a walk around Coventry and ‘Croeso I Gymry’.

Our events for the Autumn include two Studio visits, a Study Day on Art, Design and the Festival of Britain, Grayson Perry giving our annual flagship Pilkington lecture and a series of ‘Film Noir’ to complement the Gallery’s ‘Dark Matters’ exhibition.

You can find out more about all our events on our website which you’ll find at: www.friendsofthewhitworth.org.uk

All these events and Friends’ donations continue to support our Capital Appeal to help increase access to the Whitworth collection – the Friends particular contribution is to the fitting out of the Study Rooms which will allow groups and individuals to more easily access the collection. Our appeal for donations continues – £100 will buy five collection storage boxes to house tresures from the Collection, £500 will buy a bookcase to fit out the new library area and £1,000 will buy a table for the study rooms. All donations, large or small, are welcome – please send your donation to: Chairman, Friends of the Whitworth, The Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER

We are looking forward to seeing work start in the New Year and building work on the extension next Summer. Stuart McKnight of MUMA – the architects chosen through a RIBA competition (funded by the Friends) – will be giving a talk at the Friends’ AGM in March when Dr Maria Balshaw will outline how the Gallery will continue to perform, including a programme of events and exhibitions based on the collection during the construction period.

It’s all happening at the Whitworth!

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