The Art of Dying Art Exhibition and Celebration Event

The Art of Dying – Art Exhibition and Celebration Event

Thursday 11 May 2017

Gallery opening times 10:00am – 9:00pm

The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER


To mark Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 which runs from 8 - 14 May, an art exhibition and celebration event will take place on Thursday 11 May 2017 at The Whitworth, Manchester.

This will be an exciting opportunity to engage in partnership working to achieve the aim of raising awareness on how important it is to think ahead and have “Big Conversations” in relation to palliative and end of life care.

There have been a host of activities leading up to the event, throughout the actual day and into the early evening which will include a virtual gallery (website) where digital images, along with the stories of why the art work has been created will be available to view and vote.

There will be live performances of nationally recognised productions - Homeward Bound and Bounce Back Boy by Brian Daniels:

A market place will run alongside the exhibition which will hold various workshops to get people interacting which will include the following: Create memory boxes;walk and talk; artist audience; hand massage; interactive blackboard to record people’s one wish to fulfil before they die and Dying Matters DVD film showings.

The engagement will be on a Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire footprint to support localities to produce the art needed for the exhibition. The pieces will come from engagement with local communities such as hospices, schools, colleges, care homes, community groups, hospitals, other partners.

To book on to activities and find out what each go to:

Don’t forget to join in the twitter conversation #aod17

The Whitworth are currently exhibiting Grey Granular Fist, an audio piece from the series Afterlife by artist French and Mottershead in Gallery 3 – an immersive digital artworks that transports the listener via intimate stories to the body’s decomposition after death. To be experienced throughout the day in listening chairs; imagine the body as an object – visceral and invasive – as it dries out in the gallery’s carefully controlled environment.