Cultural highs

Cultural highs

Manchester, the home of Oasis, Coronation Street, and the 80s-90s acid-house movement, has always had its own distinct culture. With the ?15million revamp of its iconic Whitworth Art Gallery, the city is set to strengthen its position on the UK’s arts map.

Located in leafy Whitworth Park, in the buzzy student area off Oxford Road, the 125-year-old gallery is already famous for its watercolours, painted by the likes of Gainsborough and Constable, its collections of textiles and wallpapers, and, locally, for its excellent cafe.

The development will include two new wings, state-of-the-art equipment, and the Art Garden, an area designed to display outdoor works of art.

An exhibition by British contemporary artist Cornelia Parker will celebrate the Whitworth’s reopening on 25 October 2014, including her signature piece Cold Dark Matter; An Exploded View. And look out for the gallery papered with Sarah Lucas’s trippy Tits in Space wallpaper, strewn with fag-encrusted orbs. Bez would be proud.

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester (0161 275 7450;

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