We visit the Whitworth most years, usually to see an exhibition by an artist we admire. In this case, John Piper, whose work from his Snowdonia years left a strong impression, helped by the background information and books etc also on display.
On most visits the concurrent exhibitions have been too avant garde for a simple man like me, who can't see the Emperor's new clothes, but the setting is attractive, on the edge of a large city park. The gallery have admirable green policies, and their new extension will be built in keeping with the surroundings, we are assured.
On this visit we arrived at opening time, 10am, and took advantage of the cafe's breakfast offer which was good value for money. The menu has a wide range of breakfast, lunch or snack options at reasonable prices, and you sit at tables in the marble-columned entrance hall, which is better than most gallery cafes.
There is a small shop stocking the usual books, prints, craft items and some art materials.
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