The Art of Dying
Exhibition and Celebration Event

Thursday 11th May 2017, starting from 10.00am and running throughout the day

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER


To support the National Dying Matters 2017 Campaign, this year the Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire Strategic Clinical Networks (GMEC SCNs) are working in partnership with 13 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across the region to hold an art exhibition and celebration event at the Whitworth Art Gallery, on Thursday 11th May 2017.  The exhibition and event will seek to raise awareness and promote more open conversations regarding death, dying and bereavement.  

The exhibition will showcase art work created by 13 CCG localities including; hospices, schools, colleges, care homes, community groups, hospitals and other partners.  The event will also feature live performances of nationally recognised theatre productions - Homeward Bound and Bounce Back Boy

A market place will run alongside the exhibition with workshops including: 

  • Creating memory boxes
  • Artist audience
  • Hand massage
  • Interactive blackboard to record people’s one wish to fulfil before they die 
  • Dying matters film showings 

Art featured in the exhibition will be chosen by the public or created by local groups.  On the 1st April 2017 a virtual Art Gallery of all the exhibits will be available at  where you are invited to vote for the piece of art that resonates the most with you.  The 10 pieces with the most votes will then be exhibited at the Whitworth Art Gallery event on the 11th May.   

A celebration event will take place in the evening between 6.30-7.30pm and an award for the piece of art that received the most votes overall from the website will be presented.

If you would like to join us for this event and support the Dying Matters Campaign, please follow the booking link to secure your free place here .

You can also join the conversation on Twitter using #AOD17 

National Dying Matters Coalition

In 2009 the National Council for Palliative care (NCPC) set up Dying Matters coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement. The coalition’s mission is to help people talk more openly about dying, death and bereavement, and to make plans for the end of life. Talking about dying makes it more likely that that you, or your loved one, will die as you might have wished and it will make it easier for your loved ones if they know you have had a ‘good death’. For more information on Dying Matters Awareness week please go to:   

The National Campaign theme this year is ‘What Can You Do’? This aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family or in your wider community. GMEC SCNs is one of 30,000 members of the national Dying Matters Coalition, all of whom have an interest in supporting the changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement. Members include organisations from the health and care sectors, community groups, social care and housing, faith groups, the legal profession and the funeral sector.