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Dr Maria Balshaw

Director, Whitworth Art Gallery

Maria Balshaw has been Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery since June 2006. She has coordinated a challenging programme of historic, modern and contemporary exhibitions that capitalise on the Whitworth’s university location as well as having a strong international profile. She has led a successful campaign to expand the gallery and reconnect it to the surrounding park as well as modernise and revitalise the whole gallery. This £12 million development is being supported by an £8 million award from the Heritage Lottery Fund and major awards from other trusts and foundation, including the Clore Duffield Foundation.

In 2011 she took on the role of Director of Manchester City Galleries alongside her duties at the Whitworth. This dual Directorship represents a unique partnership between the University of Manchester and Manchester City Council, bringing the two institutions and Manchester’s historic and modern art collections into complementary alliance for the first time in their history. Retaining their separate governance arrangements and their distinctive personalities the two Galleries will evolve complementary programmes and joint exhibition projects that build on the strength of the city collections and a spirit of Manchester radicalism.

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Cultural Assets
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Whitworth Art Gallery

The Whitworth Art Gallery re-opens on February 14th, 2015!

A £15 million development has transformed the gallery, doubling it in size and creating new spaces that embrace the park it calls home.Yet although the Whitworth is about to open a new chapter in its history, the organisation itself has a much broader story to tell.

Keywords: 
Heritage, Heritage protection, Arts, Culture, History