Alan Birch has been running regular printmaking classes at his studios in Manchester and Rossendale since 1993. Over 300 people have tasted the magic of printmaking, many achieving success in regional & national exhibitions and being excepted for the Royal Academy of London.
Following the horrific murder, in Bacup in 2007, of Sophie Lancaster, her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to their beautiful, bright creative daughter and so the Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established.
A three-hour Whitaker workshop introducing participants to the process of intaglio printmaking.
Many thanks to Terry Mulligan for his contribution to this exhibition, a long term collector of Mike’s work he felt passionately that people should see this wonderful art.
It is therefore with the greatest pleasure that we are showing you the work of an artist that is rarely seen in public.
A selection of short films made by local students, shown as part of the inaugural Solstices Film Festival, in association with The Whitaker. Complemented by live music in the courtyard.
2002’s British comedy-drama about the Manchester music scene, starring Steve Coogan and featuring iconic Manchester music from the late 70s to the early 90s. Shown as part of the inaugural Solstices Film Festival, in association with The Whitaker. Complemented by live music and performance in the courtyard.
Alan Parker’s 1991 much-loved Dublin-based, musical comedy-drama about a group of working-class youths who form a soul band. Shown as part of the inaugural Solstices Film Festival, in association with The Whitaker. Complemented by live music in the courtyard.
International traveller and Friend of the Whitaker, Mike Gibson, presents a talk around his recent 'Travels in Japan' - hear stories of violin playing robots, headless turtles, wasabi ice cream, the Suntory Distillery Experience and the colourful people of this fascinating and unforgettable land.
A sensational new dance event for cinemas from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne and his Dance Company New Adventures, The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera (CARMEN) and has one of the most thrilling and instantly recognisable scores in classical music, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies.
Connect Health and Wellbeing presents a focused but relaxed afternoon session aimed at students aged 14-16 years preparing for GCSEs and other KS4 examinations. You and your child will learn techniques to help understand how the mind controls the body and how to easily integrate positive thinking and growth mindset techniques into examination preparation.
A chance to view and discuss plans for the Whitaker's buildings. All welcome.
Latest exhibition from fine artists, Caroline Johnson and Alastair Price, with an opportunity to meet the artists and share a glass of wine.
The Whitaker will mark Valentines Day with a fun filled quiz, when couples will have the chance to prove their knowledge of all things love related. Featuring a fully stocked bar, rounds on Music, film and poetry, and a chance to prove how much you really know about your other half. This promises to be a humorous and amorous evening.
Join us this half term for more craft activities with your little ones. We'll be making Valentines cards, writing words of love and celebrating everything Valentines. Creative and inspiring sessions for children up to the age of 12.
Afternoon tea with a difference, a perfect gift for lovers of history and our local heritage.
We are preparing to serve a very special Afternoon Tea in our drawing room for 16 very lucky guests this coming January. Enjoy our delightful tea service in the settings of our Victorian room whilst learning about historic local women connected to the Whitaker and local area.
We are deeply saddened by the news that our cherished friend and colleague Dee Mishka, sadly lost her long battle with Cancer at the end of last week. She will be missed by everyone here and the loss leaves a very large hole in our hearts. Join us for an evening to celebrate her life.
Manchester International Short Film Festival presents an excellent programme of UK and International shirt films that scooped the awards at this years Festival. A real treat for film fans at the Whitaker as these quality award winning shorts will have very limited national exposure.
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Christmas Eve is such a magical time, with the excitement brewing within young and old alike getting ready for the festivities of the following day. Why not take the time to start to unwind and enjoy it with family and friends. Join us for a special Christmas Eve Brunch with beautiful story telling of traditional Christmas tales for the young, and young at heart to enjoy before you dine.