Whitworth Art Gallery

2017 Conference Partner

The Whitworth is part of The University of Manchester. It is home to internationally renowned collections of modern art, textiles, watercolours, prints, drawings and sculpture. Created in 1889 as the first English gallery in a park, the Whitworth has developed a new vision for the role of a university gallery. A creative laboratory within an ambitious university, the Whitworth is a place where good, unusual things happen.

The Whitworth re-opened to the public on 14 February 2015 after a major £15 million redevelopment by architects MUMA. The Whitworth has welcomed over 600,000 since re-opening, and more than doubled its previous annual records. The redevelopment has doubled public space and created state-of-the-art new facilities including expanded gallery spaces, a study centre, learning studio, and a collections centre.

The Whitworth redevelopment is just one part of an ambitious Campus Masterplan that will see The University of Manchester invest £1 billion over to create a world class campus for staff, students and visitors. The gallery was crowned Art Fund Museum of Year 2015, nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize, named Best Emerging Cultural Destination in Europe, and Large Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit England, continuing to establish itself as a leading cultural destination and housing an internationally significant collection of art.

For further details on the Whitworth visit www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth

International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (iiiM)

Network Partner

The International Institute for the Inclusive Museum (iiiM) is a not-for-profit that subsumes the Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development established in 2004 as part of the Action Plan of the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001). It brings together clusters of research and capacity building institutions along with arts, museums, heritage and environmental agencies across the world. The criteria for participation includes demonstrated commitment to the ICOM Code of Ethics (2004); ICOM Cultural Diversity Charter (2010); and the Soft and Hard Law Instruments of UNESCO.

Networking all over the world and with active engagement through social media, the iiiM platform enhances constructive exchanges across knowledge communities and promotes state of the art online research, learning, and teaching systems. A strategic partner with the prestigious Common Ground Research Networks, iiiM is driven by UN Sustainable Development Goals as defined in Transforming Our World - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

International Council on Museums (ICOM)

Network Partner

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is the only international organization representing museums and museum professionals and is a leading force in ethical matters. Since 1946, ICOM has assisted members of the museum network in their mission to preserve, conserve, and share cultural heritage. ICOM also takes advice from institutional partners to achieve its objectives. ICOM is governed in an inclusive and hierarchical manner on an international level. The organization gathers more than 35,000 members and is made up of National Committees, which represent 136 countries and territories, and International Committees, which gather experts in museum specialties worldwide. ICOM Secretariat is situated at UNESCO House, Paris, France.

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