We had a chat with Jeanette Winterson the other week. She told us that she thought 2009 was the moment ‘that women have to fight again’ – this after seeing Angels of Anarchy, the exhibition in Manchester that the Guardian reckons ‘is a milestone in rediscovering he secret history of the 20th century’. Angels could be described as a something of a blockbuster. It contains 150 artworks by over 30 artists, taken from collections across the globe (from the Tate to the Pompidou). It includes some of the most famous female artists of the last century: Frida Kahlo, Meret Oppenheim, Lee Miller. And it is a European first – no other exhibition has ever focused on the works of the female Surrealists before. But it is also a quiet, unsettling show, one whose subject matter – and subjects – stays with you long after you’ve left the gallery.
To celebrate the launch of this singular exhibition, Manchester Art Gallery is offering one very lucky reader a pair of tickets to the exhibition, a copy of the rather beautiful, fully illustrated catalogue and lunch for two in the Gallery’s award-winning cafe. This competition has now closed.
Image: Diego and Frida (1929 – 1944), Frida Kahlo, © Banco de Mexico Deigo Rivera & Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico DF / DACS 2009
The very best exhibitions in Manchester and the North include a collaboration with a renowned dance company, the return of Manchester Science Festival (bigger and better than ever), a showcase of exquisite craft at the Old Granada Studios, and much more. All in all, it’s an exciting, boundary transcending time for art in the North.
With Rising Stars and World Literature, nothing says October in the Rainy City like Manchester Literature Festival. As we enter the final furlongs, there are still tickets available for some events, from creative non-fiction to a canalside special commission. And once MLF is over, Manchester Science Festival will be chemically enhancing words with poems about the periodic table.
As the days get shorter, Manchester’s music calendar gets busier – with the city’s music venues burst from the seams with live music for you to enjoy. So whether it’s an acclaimed classical ensemble in a world-renowned concert hall or that up-and-coming young artist in a packed, sweaty venue, we’ve got your gig-going plans covered – with occasional musical highlights from around the region thrown in for good measure…