Gallery of work “useful art” sample


Manchester, two art galleries, the most important that must be carried out by Alistair Hudson, a sample of “useful art” of the movement.

Hudson was appointed director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery, join Maria Balshaw, who left to run the Tate at the beginning of this year.

During his career, he has been a passionate supporter of the arts that plays a role in society and the community.

The announcement of his new post, we are committed to working on projects that have a real impact on the lives of the people.”

He will play the role in January after leaving his current post at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima), where he established the institution’s vision as a “useful”museum.

Whitworth gallery

He has described the Manchester cultural scene as “one of the most dynamic and diverse in the country.”

“Maria Balshaw and her team have established both institutions in the first line of the democratisation of art, working for the whole of society,” he said.

“I can’t wait to drive this mission forward and work throughout the region in projects that have a real impact on people’s lives.”

The Whitworth has been named Museum of the Year in 2015 after a £15m expansion.

Hudson was the Turner Prize panel in 2015, and supported design collective Assemble, who won for their project of renovation of abandoned terraced houses in Toxteth, Liverpool.

Prior to his Middlesbrough job, worked at Grizedale Arts in Coniston, Cumbria, has signed a Turner-nominated artist to redesign the library of the country, convinced of the Kinks ‘ singer Ray Davies to write a school play, and set up a local craft store.

Prof James Thompson of the University of Manchester, which manages the Whitworth, said: “Alistair is dedicated to the idea of cultural institutions as a driving force to promote social change, and this is just with the mission of Whitworth.”

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