There was a sense of joy in Manchester as the Whitworth art gallery reopened at the weekend. On Friday, the art worlds of Manchester, Glasgow and London converged to celebrate its £15m renewal with a memorably explosive fireworks display (or meteor shower, as it was poetically described). On Saturday and Sunday about 18,000 members of the public came to see the art and hear music from Manchester Camerata and the Hallé Youth Choir. Such was the feeling of newly minted municipal pride one could have been forgiven for thinking one had fallen through a chink in time to the days before the banking crisis. But then the refurbishment of the Whitworth (a gallery that CP Scott, owner and editor of the Manchester Guardian, was instrumental in establishing in 1889) is merely one in a series of major events in the city’s artistic life [see footnote]. The Central Library reopened last spring after a £50m revamp; the Royal Northern College of Music completed a £7.1m refurbishment of its concert hall in the autumn; Manchester School of Art has opened a new £34m building. The £25m Home – a theatre, five-screen cinema and gallery – opens this April. And in July, the… Read full this story
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