Hidden Altrincham
Courtesy of Hidden Altrincham

Hidden Altrincham Festival 2017

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

This year’s edition of Hidden Altrincham makes clear that the leafy Greater Manchester town is far from just a food lover’s paradise. It’s throbbing with creativity too, with plenty going on across the arts. The ten-day festival line-up of mostly free events, includes everything from dynamic group exhibitions and open studio days, to a mass life-drawing session, a psychogeographical dérive through the town, a poetry-slam and an intense, one-hour creative stand-off between six painters. There’ll also be plenty of talks, workshops, poetry readings, performances, unusual activities and other ‘spontaneous occurrences’ to take part in.

Spread across 30 unique locations, Hidden Altrincham is an opportunity to experience the town from another perspective: discovering new places and unusual venues, and encountering familiar ones afresh. Above all, however, it’s a celebration of creativity, with something for everyone to enjoy – from young families to seasoned art buffs alike – featuring work by 50 locally-based international and emerging artists.

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Jeremy Deller, The Problem With Humans, 2017. Courtesy the artist and The Hepworth Wakefield. Part of 'School Prints'
Education 12 January–3 June 2018, FREE

School Prints at The Hepworth Wakefield

Theatre 19 January 2018, from £12.00

Finding Alice at The Lowry

Risham Syed Untitled Lahore Series 10, Courtesy the artist and Project 88, New North & South, Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 30 September 2017–25 February 2018, FREE

Risham Syed at Manchester Art Gallery

Theatre 19–20 January 2018, from £11.50

Airplay at The Lowry