Thanks for visiting.
I, too, have been visiting. I was determined to pop into the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester this time as previously there hadn't been any! It won the 2015 Art Fund Museum of the Year after its £15 million redevelopment. So here's five things I spotted whilst pottering through.
One - Tibor Reich
Born in Hungary to family of Jewish textile industrialists, Tibor Reich developed a love of colour and studied architecture, textile design and technology in Vienna but with the rise of Nazism had to leave and enrolled at Leeds University, a leading centre for textile research. He set up Tibor Ltd in Stratford on Avon creating his distinctive range of colourful woven and printed textiles. The exhibition of his work celebrating his centenary, included many familiar fabrics and ceramics from post war years also a video showing how he made his designs by taking photos of nature, cutting them up and rearranging the pieces to develop the patterns for screen printing.
Two - Building
The new part of the gallery was added to the 127 year old building, creating interesting exhibition spaces. Some displays can even be viewed from outside the building through the glass. The parkland outside very much feels as if it is part of the gallery seen through small windows displaying it like a painting.
|I'll tell you about the tree here in a separate blogpost|
Three - Hampers
I rather like the idea of their Art Hampers. You can pick up a hamper and fill it with any of the art supplies provided - paper, pencils, art ideas etc. - take it off and get creative. Free when the gallery is open - just return the hamper when you have finished.
Four - A Walk in the Park
Whitworth Park, full of wild flowers and wildlife, also contains a number of sculptures, including one of Emily Young's Maremma Warrior Heads. There's an art garden designed by Sarah Price a Chelsea gold medallist within the building.
|By Emily Young|
|The Outsider/The Insider by Simon Periton|
Five - Café
Look at my chicken sandwich! How fantastic is that! Full of herbs and flavour, the salad with it was spectacular and delicious all in one go. The Modern Caterer delivers a seasonal menu and homemade cakes in a café within the trees as there are floor to ceiling windows.
We're linking with Amy for the last Five on Friday before the summer. Enjoy your holidays everyone!