Highlight Event: The Big Draw at The Whitworth

The Big Draw at the Whitworth with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix


22nd October, 11-3pm



Explore what makes us human with the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Matrix Research (UoM) Join artists and scientists and get close to patterns in art and nature. Take an experimental approach to drawing using scientific methods, create your own colourful screen prints and produce repeat patterns to rival the Whitworth’s collection.

"Drawing underpins everything we do at the Whitworth, as a gallery with drawings from more than four centuries of artistic practice. I’m delighted to welcome the Big Draw into our galleries to celebrate mark making in unusual ways that will engage even more visitors in the joy of drawing."

Maria Balshaw, Director


 For all ages


 Getting to The Whitworth

The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER

The gallery is on a major bus route and easily reached via public transport, or on foot or bicycle:

Walk: 20-30min from Manchester city centre. Flat paved route, not traffic-free

Bike: Sheffield stands and lockers (£1 coin, refundable) both available at the gallery

Bus: 15, 41, 42, 43, 140 – 143, 147. Ask for bus stop nearest MRI, Oxford Road

*Tram: St Peter’s Square (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot) *Please note: the St Peter’s Square stop is now closed until late summer 2016 to allow work to construct a brand new expanded stop. See GMT metrolink website for further details.

Train: Oxford Road (plus 10 minutes on the bus or 20 minutes on foot)

Car: On-street parking (maximum stay, 2 hours) on Denmark Road. Nearest car park Cecil Street.



The gallery is fully accessible, with new and improved facilities for all of our visitors.



Denmark Road: is directly adjacent to the gallery, which has step-free access to both our Park Side and Oxford Road entrances. There are a total of 5 disabled bays, 9 spaces for car/bus drop-off and 7 double yellow line areas, which can be used by blue badge holders.

Park Side Entrance: Our 3 gallery designated disabled bays are directly beside our park entrance along Denmark road. There is a short step-free path from our park gates that will lead you to our entrance. 

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


If you need any assistance when arriving, please contact our Visitor Team on 0161 275 7450 who are happy to help.