Whitworth Art Gallery celebrates double whammy of prestigious awards

By Kathryn Cummings

The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery are celebrating after receiving two top awards.

The gallery was awarded £250,000 by the Clore Duffield Foundation and also the prestigious £10,000 Lever Prize award.

The money from the Clore Duffield Foundation will be used towards funding an educational art studio, named the Clore Learning Studio.

Philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield, who announced the award, said: “I believe passionately that children and young people deserve the very best opportunities to benefit from the transforming power of our world class cultural organisations.

“I am delighted that we have been able to support such outstanding projects created by some of the best architects, in museums, galleries and theatres across the country.

“Now more than ever, I believe that culture should be at the heart of our children’s learning.”

Whitworth Art Gallery is embarking upon a £12 million transformation project, which is set to open in 2013 with £8 million already been granted by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Maria Balshaw, director of the gallery, said: “This is really exciting news for the Whitworth following on from our recent Heritage Lottery Fund £8 million announcement.

“The £250,000 Clore Duffield award for our Clore Learning Studio is a significant step towards reaching our target of £12 million for the new gallery and will create inspiring learning spaces for children and young people.”

The gallery became the sixth organisation to receive the annual Lever award, in addition to the cash prize this also opens the door to a year long collaboration with the region’s top business leaders.

The award is sponsored by the North West Business Leadership Team with support from Arts & Business North.

Geoffrey Piper, chief executive of the North West Business Leadership Team, said:  “We are delighted to have another outstanding Lever Prize winner. 

“The Whitworth is a must-see destination for visitors and local residents alike, and the year-long partnership with top North West companies will create opportunities to build on its very exciting offer.”

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