Manchester Jewish Museum


The Ladies Gallery, photo by Lee Baxter courtesy of Manchester International Festival, 2021

The Ladies Gallery, photo by Lee Baxter courtesy of Manchester International Festival, 2021

The long, waited, weighted, gathering

We are thrilled to be re-opening this summer with an exciting collaboration with Manchester International Festival and Turner Prize-winning international artist Laure Prouvost.

Laure will transform The Ladies’ Gallery of our breath-taking 1874 synagogue into an immersive experience where the voices of the past will surround you. Using film, sound and textiles, Laure will transport you through the synagogue’s history, surrounded by the echoes of the lives that once resonated there. ‘The long waited, weighted, gathering’ will run from 2 July to 3 October 2021 and will be open to all museum visitors.

Manchester International Festival (MIF) takes place every two years and sees the city come to life with new and original artworks, events and performances. We’re delighted that we are able to collaborate with the festival to celebrate our reopening and show off our synagogue from a whole new perspective.

Laure Prouvost is known across the art world for her immersive films and installations. She excels in toying with expectations and offering playful new ways of viewing the world. Laure will be working with our our own women’s textile group to create new materials for the installation. Like the women who sat in The Ladies’ Gallery before, these women’s voices will be felt through the installation.

We can’t wait to welcome everyone through our doors to experience Laure’s installation and see our newly restored synagogue from a whole new perspective.

Tickets for general admission will go on sale late May. Manchester International Festival runs from 1 – 18 July and you can view their full programme at  

Co-Commissioned by Manchester Jewish Museum and Manchester International Festival.
Laure Prouvost, Studio Prouvost and Grandma’s friends.
Teri Romkey, hilly hills manager of the 4th floor.
Studio Prouvost, birds eye view floor managers and Manchester Jewish Museum’s Women’s Textiles Group.



Laure Prouvost

Manchester Jewish Museum is reopening this summer with a unique installation by Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost as part of Manchester International Festival 2021.