on display:

Dark Matters Exhibition

Dark Matters brings together the work of ten internationally acclaimed contemporary artists who employ a range of technologies, media and machinery. In an exhibition populated by half-seen spectres, visual riddles and distorted reflections, artists engage with ideas surrounding shadow, darkness and illusion. The works are united by themes of temporality, absence, truth, mortality and wonder.

Dark Matters: Works from the Collection

This display of works from the Whitworth’s collection reveals ideas surrounding shadow as captured by the artist in a variety of medium. Some of the works selected demonstrate how artists have employed tone and darkness to render solidity and structure within the pictorial space. A significant number of paintings, prints and drawings, also convey the symbolic power of shadow to evoke time, mystery, loss and solitude.


Dark Matters and Dark Matters: Works from the Collection are curated by Helen Stalker, Assistant Curator – Fine Art, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester. Website and design services by Liza Lemsatef Cunningham, Ellelens.com.

Thanks to:

Brass Art, Pavel Büchler, R. Luke DuBois, Pascal Grandmaison, Barnaby Hosking, Idris Khan, Ja-Young Ku, Daniel Rozin, Elin O’Hara Slavick, Hiraki Sawa, Bitforms, Max Wigram Gallery, Victoria Miro Gallery, Jonathon Carroll, Jack Shainman Gallery, International 3, Manchester Museum, University of Huddersfield, Liverpool Museums, Association of Art Historians, Henry Mosley X-Ray Imaging Facility, David Green, Malcolm Chapman, Leander Wolstenholme, Lizzie Walley, Harriet Cooper, Liza Lemsatef Cunningham, Scattered Images, Jason Singh, Animate Projects, Dr Samantha Lackey, The Staff of the Whitworth Art Gallery.


Little Greene Paint Company

University of Manchester

University of Huddersfield

Ogle Models

Huntsman / Araldite

The Association of Art Historians

Mint Hotels

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  1. I need to come to Manchester (my old home) from Exeter to see this!!!!!

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