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Whitworth Weekending – bye for now!

Whitworth Art Gallery has said ‘good-bye’ for now as we close our doors to transform into the Gallery in the Park come September 2014. From last August 29th to September 1st, and working alongside our cultural partners, we ran a three day art and music festival with the projected warmth of welcome and message of ‘thank you’ to everyone that helps make the Whitworth what it is. Music stages, temporary art allotments (complete with our newly acquired Whitworth Shed), craft stalls, tasty food outlets, umbrellas in the tress and textile inspired patterns stencilled onto the benches! From kite making to Brazilian samba beats, created sensory early years environments to fireworks being launched into the stratosphere from our green roof garden – there was much to participate and see for visitors of all ages. Forever keen to celebrate our green spaces and fabulous park, the activities and performances gave families and their friends an indicator of things to come for our grand re-opening next year. We would like to thank our brilliant team of practitioners who delivered quite remarkable events throughout the weekend, the amazingly dedicated team of volunteers and of course to our partners who helped seal this special moment in time by helping us bring the park to life in unique and very thoughtful ways. Huge thanks to; Arts Council England, Band on the Wall, University Hospitals NHS, Circuit, Clore Leadership Programme, Creative Hands, Creative Rusholme, Friends of the Whitworth, Friends of the Park, Hulme Community Garden Centre, ISG, LIME, Manchester Academy, Manchester Camerata, Manchester Craft Mafia, Manchester Museum, Manchester School of Art, Open Voice Community Choir, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Paupers Wood Forest School, The Modern Caterer, Vimto, Widening Participation (University of Manchester) and Z-Arts! Please keep up to date with our Capital Development Project on the Whitworth’s Gallery in the Park blog – http://capitaldevelopmentwhitworth.wordpress.com

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