Art Walks: Manchester



Cornerhouse exterior

Step 8 - Cornerhouse

Where Whitworth Street crosses Oxford Street, stands The Cornerhouse, one of Manchester's most important arts venues. The patrons of this place are an impressive line up; Danny Boyle, Damien Hirst and Helen Mirren. There are three contemporary art galleries, three cinema screens, a café, a bar and a small bookshop. The galleries are always showing something interesting, demonstrating what's hot in today's contemporary art world.

Now, head up Oxford Street and turn right down Portland Street. Here, a little way down, you will find the CUBE design centre. This is definitely worth a visit. If only because it's a supporter of the Manchester Modernist Society, who believe that the city should "continue to be a place for poetry and dreaming as well as business and commerce". You will find exhibitions displaying some of the best art, architecture and graphic design around and most of the exhibitions are free.

Keep walking down Portland Street, and then turn right into Princess Street. Continue down, crossing Whitworth Street and then take the small road second on the left.

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Key: Walk Walk   Step Step   Landmark Landmark
  • Time: 2hrs 30mins
  • Start: Northern Quarter
  • Finish: University Of Manchester
  • Distance: 2.4 miles
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Last modified on 04/05/2010