August 31, 2018

With our usual meetings taking place in a school (the beautiful Chetham’s), August means it’s school trip time for Manchester WI. This gives us a chance to explore somewhere different as a group, and this month we were treated to a tour of the amazing Manchester Art Gallery. WI members came out in force for this meeting – there were so many of us that we were divided into two groups to explore the galleries.

We were met by Chris, a volunteer guide at the gallery who told us that she had been leading tours of the gallery for over 20 years. Chris had created a tour especially for our WI about women in the gallery – both those represented in artworks, and the female artists behind them.

Our tour began in the exhibition on the ground floor, where a collection of contemporary ceramicist Kate Haywood’s work was on show. The exhibition included new sculptural pieces that Haywood had made in response to the fascinating Mary Greg collection at Manchester Art Gallery, as well as some of her existi...

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