The Art of Dying

Event Details

1 April 2017 to 11 May 2017
Event Region:
North West
Contact Name: Christine Taylor, Quality Improvement Project Manager
Phone number:
The Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road
M15 6ER

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.


We are working on 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 and should you wish to read some information regarding this - please visit 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 ¦ Dying Matters DVD film showings. We will be engaging 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 Take part in voting for submitted art work visit between the 1st and 21st April 2017. To book on to activities at the Whitworth Art Gallery on the 11th May, and to find out what each entails – click here. Should this link not work – please visit (overview) All activities as mentioned on the programme below – book on today to secure your place Don’t forget to join in the twitter conversation #aod17. There will also be the opportunity to find out about the benefits of complementary therapies and sign up for taster sessions (hand and feet massages). These will last approximately 10–15mins each (booked on a first come first served basis on the day). 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.

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