Below is a list of the top and leading Art Galleries in Manchester. To help you find the best Art Galleries located near you in Manchester, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Manchester’s Best Art Galleries:
The top rated Art Galleries in Manchester are:
- Castlefield Gallery – is Manchester’s first public contemporary visual art gallery
- Richard Goodall Gallery – ships worldwide every day
- Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art – is a unique art gallery
- Contemporary Six – The Gallery – is a leading independent art gallery
- Manchester Art Gallery – is the original useful museum, started in 1823
Castlefield Gallery established by artists in 1984, nestled in the heart of Manchester’s Knott Mill area. It is Manchester’s first public contemporary visual art gallery dedicated to the advancement of contemporary visual art and artists. They are focused on developing visual artists’ practices and careers whilst creating opportunities for the public to engage with the art of their time.
In 2018-2019 alone their work reached over 100,000 attracting national and international visitors to the city region, and directly engaging with more than 2000 participants. They work with artists at all stages of their careers, including new graduates. Its focus is on the power of the work as opposed to the status of the artist.
Over the past three decades, they have grown to become a proven leader and enabler in the development of visual artists and their work, as well as an integral part of the North of England’s cultural fabric.
Exhibitions, Visit, Events
“Lovely, friendly staff. Thought-provoking yet calming and inviting exhibition. Looking forward to visiting again.” – Amy P.
Richard Goodall Gallery originally operating in Manchester’s Northern Quarters since 1999. Richard Goodall Gallery is the leading gallery and store for contemporary art and rock music posters, alternative movie posters, and designer vinyl. Currently fully online and across worldwide art fairs, they continue to bring the best in art, pop culture, and collectibles. They ship worldwide every day.
Music & Bands Prints, Contemporary Art, Movie & Film Prints, Art Prints, Designer Vinyl, Books & Cards
“Great pieces of art.” – Patterson J.
Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art is a unique art gallery with a year-round programme of socially engaged exhibitions, events, and artist residencies. They have over 30 years experience of working with emerging and established artists to provide a space for conversation, debate, and cross-cultural exchange. They are the go-to place to discover new artists and explore relevant global issues from different international perspectives. In July 2020, they began a revisioning process that will bring open consultation and conversation to help shape the future of the organisation.
Learning & Engagement, Archive & Library, Art Collection, Venue Hire
“Lovely little gallery, friendly staff & an excellent shop. Always worth a visit.” – Neil E.
Contemporary Six – The Gallery is a leading independent art gallery located in the heart of the city centre of Manchester opposite the beautiful Town Hall. Established in 2010 by Alex Reuben, the gallery is known for offering a warm and friendly welcome to art enthusiasts, collectors, and new visitors and explorers to the city.
Specialising in original paintings, landscapes, portraits, abstracts handmade prints, sculptures, and ceramics. They look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery. The gallery receives and showcases brand new work on a regular basis, and is committed to hosting a number of solo exhibitions, group shows, and artists’ talks and events every year.
Exhibitions, Events, Viewing rooms, New Work
“This is a wonderful gallery with a great owner. They are doing their best to keep in touch which is great. The Bloom exhibition looks wonderful and sorry can’t see it in the flesh but great to see online. Beautiful paintings. Many thanks.” – Liz D.
Manchester Art Gallery is the original useful museum, started in 1823 by artists, as an educational institution to make sure that the city and all its people grow with creativity, imagination, productivity, and health. It is free and open to all people as a place of civic thinking and public imagination, it promotes art as a means to achieve social change.
It has been at the centre of city life for almost 200 years, created as the Royal Manchester Institution for the Promotion of Literature, Science and the Arts. Through its collections, displays, and public programmes it works with all their constituents to ensure creativity, care and consideration infect all aspects of the way they live.
Plan Your Visit, Schools & College, Shop, Collections, Hire
“Fabulous space- with lots to look. Quirky cafe. Outdoor seating area in the heart of Manchester City Centre- with public transport nearby.” – Liam M.