Get 'plugged into the mains electricity of the imagination'* with Henry Darger, Madge Gill & Chris Hipkiss

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 9 February 2011

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Where: Oxford Rd, Manchester, – 0161 235 8888   map

When: 26th June –  26th Feb 2011.


What: Get ‘plugged into the mains electricity of the imagination’* with Henry Darger, Madge Gill, Chris Hipkiss and others who created their work outside of formal art training. This is a first opportunity to see these extraordinary works on display since their arrival at the Whitworth earlier this year.

Victor Musgrave and Monika Kinley chose to collect artwork that they felt was genuinely original, intuitive and made by artists outside the mainstream system of art education and galleries. The result is a collection of almost 800 drawings, paintings and sculptures that has become the first of its kind to join the permanent collection of a public museum in the UK.

Trustees of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection generously presented the entire collection to the Whitworth Art Gallery in March 2010. The gift was facilitated by the Contemporary Art Society.

The Whitworth would also like to thank the Eric and Salome Estorick Foundation for their significant support of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection

*Sir Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate.

Image: Madge Gill, Untitled, 1939 (detail)

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