Falling in love again
Falling in love again
Last weekend, Manchester’s Whitworth art gallery again opened its doors to the public after a grand £15 million transformation. Sprayway were delighted to kit out the newly formed “Garden Volunteers” in jackets and trousers to keep them warm, dry and comfortable in the normal (rainy) Manchester climate surrounding them.
The gallery, which is part of the University of Manchester, has always been high profile; being the first public gallery to acquire a Picasso in 1922 and hailed as the ‘Tate of the north’ in the 1960s.
Founded as an institution for Manchester’s public to enjoy, the £15 million redevelopment has been supported by funders including the university, Arts Council England and a major Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The 125-year-old gallery’s big refurbishment sees the building opened up into the surrounding Whitworth Park, with two new glass and brick extensions, which frame a new sculpture garden in the parkland. The extension works serve as much to open the gallery up into its leafy grounds as the self-proclaimed ‘Gallery in the Park’
Manchester, and the rest of the art world, has eagerly anticipated the Whitworth art gallery’s big reopening. We were lucky enough to be invited to the VIP opening night and asked to “Fall in Love again” just a day before Valentine’s day. And fall in love we did. We were completely blown away by the gallery’s transformation and the positive energy buzzing within the Whitworth’s walls.
Perhaps the highlight of the night was the collaboration between Cornelia Parker and Nobel Prize winning physicist, Sir Konstantin Novoselov. The pair’s ‘meteor shower’, incorporated the world’s first cultural use of graphene. He had collected tiny graphene particles from some of the Whitworth’s most prized works and his very breath ignited the switch that set the Manchester sky alight.
Sprayway are proud to have kitted out the Whitworth Gallery Visitor Team and Garden Volunteers. Visiting the art gallery is free to the public and we all highly recommend a visit – if not just to see our fantastic outfits worn by the Whitworth’s friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Photo Credit: Alan Seabright