Winner of Art Fund Museum of the Year 2015
During 2014 the Whitworth underwent the largest physical transformation in its 125-year history. The £15m redevelopment project by McInnes Usher McKnight Architects doubled its size and created a myriad of new spaces. During 2014 the Whitworth was a conspicuously open ‘closed’ gallery, with pop-up projects all over the city and beyond, maintaining established audiences and building new ones. Through its dynamic, experimental and lively pre-opening programme the Gallery ensured that its collections worked as hard for its public as ever, whilst gearing up for its grand reopening in early 2015. It has also created new opportunities for people of all ages, and all backgrounds, to engage with art of the highest quality. The new building allows the Whitworth to undertake larger and more ambitious projects, presentations and exhibitions realising its full potential as a major UK cultural destination.