Through the work of more than forty artists, from the eighteenth to twenty-first century, this exhibition considers the questions: ‘What do public museums collect and why? Which works become highlights, and which lie forgotten in storage?’

The work of well-known artists such as David Hockney, Gilbert and George, Wyndham Lewis, Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth and Winifred Nicholson are placed alongside lesser known work from four public galleries in Manchester and Bradford.

Included are works by British black women artists, such as 2017 Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid, who were until recently ‘doubly invisible’. (You may have seen the recent BBC4 documentary, ‘Whoever heard of a black artist?’, which featured some of the artists in this exhibition.)

The group will meet at 10:30am in the Gallery’s ‘Drawing Room’ Cafe for refreshments before the tour starts at 11am.


This event has been organised by the Greater Manchester Fundraising Committee Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester City Galleries, Mosley Street, Manchester, Manchester, M2 3JL

Entry details

£16.00 (includes tea and coffee)

To book, please contact Rosemary Letherman on greatermanchester@artfund.org.uk or call 0161 425 2771



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