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Wednesday 14 March 2018

Wednesday Talk: Alistair Hudson


The Wednesday Talks series presents leading artists, thinkers and curators who explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art. The series is a collaboration between the Whitworth and Manchester School of Art.


Alistair Hudson, a native of Manchester, returns to the city as the new director of the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery. He has a strong record as a passionate advocate of the democratisation of art as a tool for effective social change and, in his words, looks forward to working 'on projects that have real impact in people’s lives.' In his previous post at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art his vision has helped to establish the institution as an accessible community-based 'useful museum' while also attracting international attention for its exhibitions programme and collections. Between 2004 and 2014, Hudson was Deputy Director of Grizedale Arts in the Lake District, which gained critical acclaim for its approach to linking artists' residencies to the place and local population. He was a jury member of the 2015 Turner Prize and chairs Culture Forum North, a network of partnerships between higher education and cultural institutions.

Image: The Whitworth, The University of Manchester (Alan Williams)