Whitworth Friends support our building project

6 03 2014

Whitworth Friends support our building project 2

Last weekend, one of the Friends of the Whitworth generously opened their home as a Pop-up Gallery selling works by local artists, as well as famous names such as Terry Frost and Eric Gill, all in support of the Gallery in the Park building project. This is the latest venture amongst many creative events the Friends have organised towards the funding of the Gallery development, including £100,000 towards preparatory costs including the architectural competition in 2009, and a further £155,000 to date. The FoW are particularly interested in funding the fit out of the Collections Access Area, and a number of Friends have volunteered and are currently undergoing extensive training to become Volunteer Collection Access Assistants to help increase public access to the Whitworth’s Collections (see previous blog post: https://capitaldevelopmentwhitworth.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/art-auction-raises-money-for-our-new-collections-access-facilities/).

Artist Mim with a purchase at Susan Brown's Pop-Up Gallery, Wilmslow

Artist Mim with a purchase at Susan Brown’s Pop-Up Gallery, Wilmslow

FoW Susan Brown (centre) with artist Alison Murdoch, and Whitworth Director Maria Balshaw

FoW Susan Brown (centre) with artist Alison Murdoch, and Whitworth Director Maria Balshaw

The Friends organisation has been flourishing for 80 years – set up originally to support a purchasing fund for the Gallery so that the collection could be enlarged and refreshed, and since then has contributed to the purchase of over 1,000 works of art. Friends enjoy a varied and exciting programme of activities including exhibition openings, lectures (including the annual Pilkington Lecture), concerts and exhibition-related films in the Gallery, plus tours to other collections, galleries and private houses both in the UK and abroad. This week saw the third in a series of ‘Gallery in the Park’ talks alongside a site tour and walk in our adjacent green space, lead by Ken Shone, Chair of the Friends of Whitworth Park.

The Friends of the Whitworth’s vision is to be recognised as one of the best Friends’ organisations in the UK, friendly and open to all who want to share their curiosity about, and enthusiasm for, art at the Whitworth – with, as they say ‘something for everyone’. Members receive a regular glossy newsletter keeping them in touch with the Gallery and the Friends….so if you are looking to actively support the Gallery’s re-opening and be part of all the opportunities the Friends and the new Whitworth has to offer, join them at http://www.friendsofthewhitworth.org.uk

Use this contact above if you would like to purchase a work and find out more about the Pop-up Gallery or alternatively join in with the Friends Fundraising Auction where there are more amazing works of art to buy at: http://artauction.manchesterdda.net

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