The Whitworth reopens its doors on 25 October 2014 as an extended gallery in a park, with new exhibition spaces and greatly enhanced visitor facilities that redefine its role for the 21st century. The new Whitworth physically and visually reconnects the gallery with its surrounding park. The extended display areas reach into the landscape, with new and recently acquired sculpture on display in the gallery grounds and in a new art garden and orchard designed by painterly garden designer Sarah Price.

The programme opens with a major solo exhibition from one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Cornelia Parker, and a spectacular installation by leading Chinese-born artist, Cai Guo-Qiang. It also brings together highlights from the Whitworth’s eclectic collection of historical and contemporary fine art, textiles and wallpaper that reflect the gallery’s personality today and illuminate key moments in its history.

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