The Whitaker is delighted to host an exhibition exhibiting paintings by visionary Oldham born artist, Richard Fitton. Richard Fitton is widely considered to be one of the most exciting young painters in the country. Since bursting onto the north-west art scene several years ago, he has gone on to establish a much wider reputation thanks to critical acclaim and high profile exhibitions.
FUNtastic YOGA family classes are all about children and their grown-ups having FUN whilst using adapted yoga poses and techniques to build self esteem, reduce stress, boost the immune system, improve concentration and much, much more. In a typical class the children are encouraged to be creative with their bodies whilst we play games, act out stories and discover techniques to relax and focus.
In the UK refugee week is a nationwide programme of Arts, Culture and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities.
This year at the Whitaker we’ll be celebrating ‘Refugee Week’ and ‘The Great Get Together’ with a great picnic for the whole community on Sunday 23rd June from 12pm to 5pm.
Ride active is free, fun and promotes healthy living. It starts Friday the 24th of May 2019 for 9 weeks (8 weeks of training and the 9th week (19thJuly) will be the POP (pedal our parks). It is a cycling challenge for those who are beginner riders or people who have never rode a bike to make themselves more comfortable as well as getting fitter.
We’re delighted to announce that Cathy Crabb’s critically acclaimed play will be coming back to the Whitaker this May. Nominated in 2011 for Manchester Theatre's Best Fringe Production following performances at The Lowry's Re:Play this brilliant play is a must see that quickly sells out.
The last chance to come to the Whitaker and see the amazing work of Colin Binns, on display in our landing gallery. Colin will be here to meet you and discuss his work, and be on hand should you wish to make any last minute purchases of his beautiful artwork.
This Easter Monday we are hosting a children’s ‘Easter Bonnet’ parade where they can enter our competition to win a prize. The parade starts at 1pm. Enter with a design you have made at one of our workshops, school or home, we can't wait to see all the creative Milliners we have in the valley!
On Easter Friday we will be hosting lots of fun and enjoyable activities for all the family, from our traditional yet competitive egg rolling to the adventurous Easter Egg trail around our wonderful park where children will have to follow the hidden clues to win the end prize.
Print Mechanicals is a group exhibition featuring Andrew and Sara Kulman, Andrzej Klimowski, Chris Shaw, Dan Fern, David R Newton, Mack Manning, Paula Newton and Skye Shadowlight. Works are assembled via print or collage methods, reflecting individual thematic approaches. Narrative is present, sometimes oblique, sometimes direct.
To celebrate International Women’s day there will be two events which celebrate women through history.
Our curator will be leading a tour of the museum that looks in a little more depth at the objects that tell a fascinating story about women in Rossendale, as well as a 15 minute screening of acclaimed short film ‘Born a Rebel’
The first Wednesday of every month our intimate venue becomes a hub for the best acoustic music from in and around the valley.
Hosted by Liam Spencer, a songwriter and performer with Joan & The Wad, the evening always guarantees quality live music from Liam and the array of performers looking to perform and entertain the crowd.
As an open-mic night, our Acoustic night celebrates all genres of music from participating artists and musicians. So come along, all players and listeners welcome for what is sure to be a great way to spend your Wednesday evening.
Bar is open from 6pm tip late.
If you happened to have missed our opening of current exhibition 'Emerging Figures' (attended by a record turnout) then we are delighted to tell you that Scott will be returning to the Whitaker once more for a more intimate discussion about his work and his journey so far as an artist. A FREE event with limited availability.
February Half Term is just around the corner, but don’t worry here at the Whitaker we’ve got you covered with some amazing activities and holiday clubs available for you to help take the pressure off a little bit, and keep the kids entertained. With the added bonus that Kids eat half price all week! (T&C’s apply)
EAT THEATRE is a Manchester based theatre company founded by actor Neil Bell specialising in hard hitting modern theatre tailored to fit into restaurants and bars where people can eat while they watch. The Cocktail hour, an innovative piece of immersive Theatre is an experience not to be missed.