Refurbished Whitworth Gallery attracts 18,000 visitors on opening weekend

The Whitworth Art Gallery reopened on 14 February after a £15 million refurbishment that has transformed the 125 year old gallery and fully integrated it with the park. Nearly 18,000 visitors joined in the celebrations over the weekend – 2,000 more visitors than the gallery would record in an average month prior to closing.

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Resilient museums: Panel discussion & workshops

Over the next three years, the Arts Council’s focus will be on supporting museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses and to maximise the benefits they have in their communities.

With challenging times ahead, Arts Council England’s Director of Museums, John Orna-Ornstein, will be hosting a series of panel discussions and workshops about building a resilient museum sector for the future.   

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New Manchester Embroidery group

I’d like to set up an informal meeting place/gathering in Manchester city centre where sewers/crafters/makers and embroiderers can get together and work on their projects. Although there are existing stitch ‘n’ bitch and knitting groups, there appears to be nothing central for embroiderers that is free and accessible.

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Museums at Night returns for three nights of ‘after dark’ events

Across three exciting nights in May (15-17), everyone will all have the chance to venture into museums, galleries and heritage venues ‘after dark’ as they open their doors for Museums at Night – a nationwide festival of inspiring after-hours arts and cultural events.

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Call for Entries! Northern Artist Film Programme

We are looking for artists and filmmakers in the North of England who are pushing the boundaries in artist film. We want to showcase a range of new, inspirational and challenging film art from emerging northern talent. We want excellent work that captures the imagination of the public, many of whom would be new to artist film.

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