Art in the Park – 1

24 02 2014

Art in the Park - 1a


Several artworks, including ‘Phalanx” by Mike Lyons (photo above) have permanently graced the grounds at the front of the Whitworth for many years. Periodically other works have also appeared as part of temporary exhibitions, such as Subodh Gupta’s awe-inspiring and monumental sculpture that evoked the sights and sounds of India and reflected Rusholme’s famous Curry Mile – ‘Spaceship’ was a commission for the Manchester International Festival in 2007 (see photo left).

Lawrence, a member of our VSA team has been looking at Art in the Park and making connexions between the inside and the outside:

‘Upon its construction in 1889 The Whitworth became amongst the first English galleries to be situated in a park, and our redevelopment truly reconnects the Gallery with its surroundings. Expect to see much more of the park from the inside looking out, from our new Landscape Gallery, Promenade and Cafe in the Trees. We will also be displaying large-scale artwork in our new outdoor spaces, such as the Art Garden and Orchard Garden.

In anticipation we will be posing a question each month which relates to a memorable artwork the Gallery has shown in Whitworth Park – check out the extraordinary action photograph below.

Q. Which Whitworth Park artwork is made from recycled brick and concrete from Hulme and Moss Side?’


Image credit: Martin Stalker

Keep reading the blog for the answer in a few weeks time and the next ‘Art in the Park’ question. And don’t forget you can stay tuned in to the Whitworth’s collections by reading the Whitworth ‘Work of the Week’ blog at:




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