John Lyons: Carnivalesque

10 May - 25 August 2024
Free to all

A retrospective of Caribbean British artist and poet John Lyons spanning six decades.

Experience the first major retrospective of Caribbean British artist and poet John Lyons. Spanning six decades, this exhibition highlights Lyons’ influence on British art, literature, and education, focusing on Trinidadian folklore and mythology.

The exhibition features paintings, drawings, woodcuts, small sculptures, and sketchbooks. It also presents Lyons’ poetry in text and sound, exploring the synergy between his visual and literary pursuits. Delving into his role in art education and the arts scene in Manchester, West Yorkshire, and nationally, this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue elevate Lyons' legacy at a pivotal moment in his career.

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The Whitworth

The University Of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 6ER
0161 275 7450

Free to all

Opening times

Tuesday to Sunday - 10am-5pm

Last entry 4.30pm

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Discover our exhibitions and spaces and come see what's new. From, wallpapers, textiles, sculptures, and prints to those hidden gems, we have something for everyone. Relax in the cafe, and enjoy panoramic views of the park and art garden, as the seasons change.


Parkside Entrance: 3 gallery-designated disabled bays are directly beside our park entrance along Denmark road. A short step-free path from our park gates leads you to the parkside entrance.

Oxford Road Entrance: There are an additional 2 disabled bays further along Denmark Road for the surrounding buildings. If using these you can enter through our main gates (across the bicycle lanes) and up shallow gradient ramps leading to our automatic doors, which open inwards.


The gallery is completely accessible for wheelchairs and buggies. There are accessible toilets and baby changing facilities on the lower ground floor on either side of the buidling.There are lifts to all floors. Lifts are available for those who need them most. Lift occupancy is limited to 2 people per lift or for one household group.

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