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Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery dates to 1835. Originally established to showcase the best art and ideas from across the world, today the gallery’s 45,000-strong collection spans six centuries of fine art, design,  craft, photography and fashion. It is particularly rich  in 19th-century art, including an outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Yet while Manchester Art Gallery is renowned for its historic collection, it also has a reputation for staging new work by some of the most compelling artists working today, among them Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller, Joana Vasconcelos, Matthew Darbyshire and Raqib Shaw. Alongside its exhibitions run events that range from feminist ‘takeovers’ to wellbeing sessions, political debate and creative workshops, via award-winning family, community and schools programmes. Part of Manchester City Council, Manchester Art Gallery is one of the country’s most popular galleries, with over half a million visitors every year and, housed in an iconic, Grade I-listed building at the heart of Manchester, it has long been part of the creative and political life of one of the UK’s most dynamic cities.

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