Press and Publicity – 2 weeks to go!

31 01 2015
Poster at Euston Station, London

Poster at Euston Station, London

Things are really hotting up and this last week has seen the architectural press descend on the Gallery, as well as our reopening publicity campaign hit both the streets of Manchester and the capital. The poster above was spotted by eagle eyed Florence, 11 year old daughter of MUMA architect Simon Usher – she was chuffed!

Architectural Press launch

Architectural Press launch

Gallery Director, Maria Balshaw together with Stuart McKnight of our architects, MUMA, hosted a press launch at the Gallery on Wednesday including presentations, in-depth interviews and tours of the new building. Although the final hanging of the Gallery’s collections and exhibitions is still on-going, staff and contractors at the Whitworth had gone to great lengths to make existing spaces and the new building look its best, and there was a highly positive vibe to the day.

We are truly counting down now to our reopening on 14 February – be prepared to ‘Fall in Love Again’.





Whitworth reopening announced – Autumn 2014

10 03 2014

Whitworth reopening date announced - 25 October 2014

Friday of last week saw Press events in London and Manchester to announce the reopening of the Whitworth, closed to the public since 1 September 2013, revealing the wonderful new Gallery spaces and facilities, and with a spectacular programme of exhibitions, combining ambitious contemporary art installations alongside the Gallery’s own permanent collections.

The day started with a breakfast launch in London, with presentations from architect Stuart McKnight of MUMA, and artist Cornelia Parker, whose work will feature in the Whitworth’s suite of three newly refurbished main galleries. For the full opening exhibition programme see: http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/openingprogramme/

Artist Cornelia Parker at the Press launch in London with an image of her work, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991, on the screen

Artist Cornelia Parker at the Press launch in London with an image of her work, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View, 1991, on the screen

The train whisking Gallery staff back up north was on time, and the sun shone for the second event in Manchester, where visiting press listened to an account of the project development and opening programme from Whitworth Director, Maria Balshaw and got a sneak preview of our new building. The Manchester press were also treated to cakes supplied by the Modern Caterer, artfully displayed on slates, breeze blocks and planks of wood, and judging by the enthusiastic tweeting, all those involved were delighted by the positive vibe of both events.

Delicious cakes supplied by Peter Booth and team of the Modern Caterer

Delicious cakes supplied by Peter Booth and team of The Modern Caterer

There is still lots to do between now and the autumn – so watch this space for more news of the final stages of our building project.