We are building a new two-storey extension, creating new galleries, a new entrance and shop.
Whilst the collections are unaffected some of our galleries will be closed, for more information please visit our hello future page
Health and Wellbeing
Cultural experiences can help improve health and wellbeing, and can result in benefits that range from the physiological to the emotional.
Find out more about our Health and Culture programme, including our ArtMED training and workshops, which are delivered in partnership with Manchester hospitals.
We have been working with stroke survivors, carers and clinicians, for example, to explore the role of art in stroke recovery. In May 2015, in partnership with Stroke Association we launched the first ever Stroke Café in a gallery.
We also run Culture Shots – A week-long series of free events, planned to fit around a busy working day, offering health and social care professionals an opportunity to be enthused by culture in the hospital environment.
Not So Grim Up North – A three year research project funded by Arts Council England. Researchers at University College London are working with the Whitworth, Manchester Museum and Tyne and Wear Archives & Museums to investigate how museum and gallery activities can make a difference in terms of health, and in terms of wellbeing.
You can also download our Cultural First Aid Kit with over 30 creative and fun activities and workshops that can be completed in the comfort of your own home, in hospital or care centres and homes. The activities have been created by artists, musicians and therapists for people to carry out themselves or with family and friends.