Whitworth Art Gallery

City Centre

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The Whitworth has been part of the cultural landscape of Manchester since 1889, when it was created as the first English gallery in a park as the Whitworth Institute. The Gallery would, as its founding mission set out:

'Secure a source of perpetual gratification to the people of Manchester & and cultivate taste and knowledge of the Fine Arts of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.'

Early reports of the Gallery committee make much of the fact that the pleasure gardens were 'used by visitors and children of all social classes' to counteract the imagined and actual malaises of inner city industrial life. We still think this is a crucial part of our mission, and providing perpetual gratification for the people of Manchester seems no bad aim today.

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