[By Liz Ackerley] We are now on the 15th week of my 17 week countdown with (I can hardly believe I am saying this!) only two more weeks until the week of the symposium. Hasn't time flown by over the last few weeks!! I have now travelled up Princess Street at the side of the Town Hall to the Manchester Art Gallery (formerly Manchester City Art Gallery) which is a publicly owned art museum on Mosley Street. The Gallery occupies three connected buildings, two of which were designed by Charles Barry in 1823. The building that links them was designed by Hopkins architects and opened in 2002 following a £35 million refurbishment and extension.
The gallery has a fine art collection consisting of more than 2,000 oil paintings, 3,000 watercolours and drawings, 250 sculptures, 90 miniatures and around 1000 prints. It owns more than 13,000 decorative art objects. The gallery is strongest in its collection of Victorian art. The gallery houses several works by the French impressionist, Pierre Adolphe Valette, who painted and taught in Manchester in the early years of the 20th century; some of his scenes of foggy Manchester streets and canals are displayed. A Cezanne hangs in the same room, showing the similarity in treatment and subject between his misty French river bridge and Valette's bridge in a Mancunian fog. L.S. Lowry was one of Valette's students and the influence on Lowry of impressionism can be seen at the gallery, where paintings by the two artists hang together.
The Gallery is free to enter and open 7 days a week so you may even have a moment where you can pop in and see the collections!