31 October 2017 – March 2019
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Current Director of the Whitworth, Manchester and Manchester City Galleries will succeed Sir Nicholas Serota who is stepping down after almost 30 years in the role.
The current director of Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Art Galleries is expected to take the top job at Tate.
Over 180,000 people have visited the newly expanded Manchester gallery since it reopened in February following the completion of £15m refurbishment, smashing its previous highest annual visitor figure in just three months.
After a £15m redevelopment, Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery reopens with a stunning redesign that has doubled its size and opened it up to the public park it backs on to. All the better for displaying new shows by artists including Cornelia Parker, Sarah Lucas and Thomas Schütte, reports Bob Dickinson.
Bob Dickinson meets Maria Balshaw of Manchester and Whitworth galleries and Sarah Perks of Cornerhouse to discuss the impact of Manchester International Festival’s visual arts programme on the city’s artist community, and the reemergence of performance at the festival.