On a very rainy summer day the gallery on Mosley Street had a mixture of visitors. Some came in out of the heavy August rain, others were tourists and some were local art lovers and students. One art student sat sketching her favourite portraits. The staff were welcoming and helpful, and the smell of food from the cafe was enticing. The food and service there is usually first rate, and on this occasion the big slice of Bakewell Tart I had with my coffee was mouthwatering and delicious. It's great to be in such a relaxing atmosphere where people move around in a quietly chatty contemplative mood.
I'm a fan of the artwork of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the collection there it worth seeing, as are all the collections in the Gallery. I must say that the work by Banksy stuck out like a sore thumb and looked out of place where it was hanging, nevertheless, it is always good to see a wide selection of artwork from all genres and eras, and his little painting is a good addition to the gallery.
The gallery opened in 1824 and today occupies three buildings, one of which is a Grade 1 listed building designed by Sir Charles Barry and another is a tastefully added although clashing style of architecture which is all green tinted glass and metal. What I love about the Gallery is its versatility. There is something for everyone since apart from the permanent collections there are also temporary installations and events including a fantastic children's interactive art and craft session which I saw being enjoyed by a group of multi-cultural children while I was there.
The shop prices are value for money. It has a good selection of gifts, but it might be a little awkward for a wheelchair user to traverse especailly when there are customers browsing. However, disabled access is very good on the whole throughout the building. A vertigo sufferer may find the glass annexe of the building a little disconcerting but there is plenty to see in the rest of the building if they want to skip that part out, and the cafe, toilets and shop are all on the ground floor in the Grade 1 listed part of the Gallery which is good.
Staff were polite and well informed and the venue was very clean. It is a delight to be there, and is a great solo or family attraction.
Trams stop nearby and Mosley Street is within walking distance to most busses which is also a bonus.
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