A new destination Gallery

14 04 2014

A new destination Gallery

For many years the South Gallery with its huge picture windows overlooking Whitworth Park was regarded as a destination gallery – a space for quiet contemplation – where one could sit and relax, enjoy the art as well as the views, and get away from the flow of visitors through the rest of the building. Over time, however, as demands for spaces increased and the types of activities and events offered by the Gallery grew in both number and ambition – anything from Toddlertastic dancing to Iranian wrestling – the likelihood of finding quiet in the South Gallery diminished.

This change in usage is also set to alter further, as a new opening and doorway will be created at the far western end of the South Gallery, leading visitors along the promenade towards the Cafe.

So where will the future destination gallery be?

Potential for greater load bearing capacity in the new Landscape Gallery

Potential for greater load bearing capacity in the new Landscape Gallery

The answer is the Landscape Gallery – a new peaceful space, designed to be an end point on a visitor’s journey through the building. The Landscape Gallery is large; similar is scale to the South Gallery, and again with a wonderful view out to the park. As this gallery is newly built, it was also possible to design it to cope with greater floor loadings, and therefore allow the Gallery greater flexibility with art installations and exhibitions in the future.

Installing the glazing in the Landscape Gallery high level window

Installing the glazing in the Landscape Gallery high level window

At high level, a vast window, invisible from the inside, will bring diffused north light down into the room. It is this window that passers by on Denmark Road cannot fail to have noticed over recent weeks, as the glazing was finally installed – with the help of enormous water bags!

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