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City Art Galleries (Manchester)
Member Name: limbo7
City Art Galleries (Manchester)
Advantages: So much to see,
Disadvantages: Not enough time.
Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL Tel: 0161 235 8888
Open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm (some special events outside these times)
Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)
The good thing about Manchester in general is that most places of interest are within easy walking distance and there are 4 free bus services around the city centre (1, 2, 3 and 4). The no2 from Victoria station stops at the gallery or the tram system stops at Mosley street or St Peters Square.
If your knowledge of art stops at Rolf Harris and impressionist bring to mind John Culshaw or Rory Bremner then do not let this put you off visiting your nearest art gallery. You may be pleasantly surprised.
I do not pretend to know much about art and I suppose this is why I have only recently rediscovered the joys of looking around Manchesters art galleries. For this reason I will not go into too much detail about individual pieces or artists as everyone has different tastes.
There really is more to this award winning gallery than you may realise and if you live or work in the city or even spending a day in Manchester you could do worse than spending an hour or two in here. A ramp is provided for wheelchairs and buggys (wheelchairs can be borrowed) and toilet and baby changing facilities are provided with lift access to all 3 floors.
Here are just a few of the highlights.
As you enter this impressive building you are immediately greeted by staff who will happily point you in the right direction if you are looking for a particular gallery. From paintings to sculpture, decorative art, pottery, furniture and much more, its all here. Three floors spanning six centuries of art and design.
On the ground floor you will find works featuring Manchesters 200 year textile history to contemporary works featuring LS Lowry and Adolphe Vallete. This floor also houses the shop cafe and toilets.
The first floor includes 18th and 19th century landscapes and portraits, Pre-Raphaelites, Victorian art and design to 20th century contemporary art. On this floor you will find William Etty's huge "Sirens and Ulysses" which is currently being restored. You can find out all about the restoration in great detail and even watch and ask questions as the conservators carry out their work.There is also an interactive gallery for children.
On the second floor you will find the Craft and Design gallery and the most impressive space the building, the special exhibitions gallery. You can usual expect a well presented mix of audio and visual installations in this gallery. Until 2 September 2007 this houses the excellent Kylie Minogue exhibition with hundreds of items of memorabillia, awards and many of her costumes on display (see earlier review). Another recent exhibition was a retrospective of sixties designer Joe Columbo with items of furniture including chairs sofas and complete rooms as well as other works of this iconic designer. If you only have a limited time make sure you at least visit the 2nd floor.
To really get the most out of your visit particularly the special exhibitions, it is worth looking out for the curators tours where you can find out more information and ask questions and these are of course free but booking may be necessary.
There are always many special events such as artist talks and lectures and even tours of Manchester throughout the year and currently there are many events based on the Kylie exhibition for both adults and children most of which are free. Check the website for more details.
Summary: A good way to spend a few hours of even a day.
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