Last Thursday night the Whitworth Art Gallery launched their new Adult Programme with an evening that brought together their in-house engagement team, Manchester Craft Mafia and indiepop promoters Pull Yourself Together and For Folks Sake.
Under the watchful eye of Ed Watts the new programme promises to move away from traditional gallery outreach work to provide an experimental creative space with a more social agenda than simply individual contemplation of the gallery's collection.
The programme makes for exciting reading for anyone interested in the cultural scene in Manchester, not least because instead of trying to deliver the whole thing from in-house the Whitworth is embracing partnerships left, right and centre. By bringing on board people like the Craft Mafia and the fabulously sharp Mark Page (of ManchesterPhotography.com) they're ensuring that the right people are in the driving seat to make sure the events don't disappoint while simultaneously providing a space and platform for those groups to develop.
Earlier in the week I got to speak to Ed about the programme, what events they already have lined up and his philosophy about art galleries being creative places, not simply showcases for collections of work. You can listen here.
To book onto any of the courses get in touch with Ed at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0161 275 7450
...just don't call it a learning programme.
Selected highlights below, there's a lot more though - keep up to date by checking the Whitworth site.
1st Saturday of the month:
Serious About Art, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, £5
3rd Saturday of the month:
Alternative Camera Club, 10.30am-1pm, £3 Crafternoon Tea, 2pm-4pm, £3
3rd Thursday of the Month
After Hours, 6.30pm onwards, Free