Naomi Kashiwagi at John Rylands Library for Manchester After Hours by Ben Williams
Naomi Kashiwagi at John Rylands Library for Manchester After Hours 2017 by Ben Williams

Manchester After Hours 2018

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

Part of UK-wide Museums at Night festival for the culturally curious, Manchester After Hours has brought thousands of post-5pm experience seekers to the city over the years, attracted by its ever-changing roster of unusual events and out of the ordinary collaborations. Though this fifth edition features a slightly more compact programme as organisers pause to consider how to grow even bigger and better going forwards, we think it’s safe to say that you’ll be just as hard pushed as ever to squeeze such an inspired selection of happenings into one night. Our tip: swap office shoes for comfy trainers.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Beautiful Monsters at The Portico Library

    Beautiful Monsters at The Portico Library, Manchester
    The Portico Libary

    Beautiful Monsters at The Portico Library, Chinatown, 17 May–30 June 2018, free entry - Visit now

    Inspired by Conrad Gessner’s 16th century encyclopaedia of actual and imaginary animals, Beautiful Monsters at The Portico examines the idea of the monstrous within the context of history, mythology and 21st century life.

    The event is open to all, though due to high demand it may be necessary to prioritise entry on the night for those who have joined the waiting list on Event Brite. Please register to avoid disappointment and call the library on 0161 236 6785 for further information.

  • 2. Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions at Castlefield Gallery

    David Fesl, image courtesy of Castlefield Gallery. Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions
    David Fesl. Image courtesy of Castlefield Gallery

    Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions at Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield, 17 May–1 July 2018, free entry - Visit now

    Witness the beginning of a unique dialogue between a new generation of early career artists in Manchester and Prague, at the preview of Castlefield Gallery’s new exhibition: Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all these questions.

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