Poppy, Esme, Oleanna, Gracie and Kate, 2014. Personal Feeling is the main thing - Chantal Joffe at The Lowry, Salford

Salford Royal Academy Takeover

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

The Royal Academy of Arts may be based in London, but its current roster of 80 elected Academicians (including Sonia Boyce, Isaac Julien, Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Cornelia Parker, Sir Antony Gormley and Tacita Dean) are certainly not all capital-dwellers, and neither were their predecessors. To mark its 250th birthday, the globally-renowned institution has launched a nationwide programme of exhibitions, displays, tours, talks and one-off events presented with Art Fund support, which look back on a quarter-of-a-millennium of making, debating and exhibiting art, and celebrate the more than 650 leading artists and architects that have helped shape its story so far. Here we take a look at what’s happening in Salford – home of RA LS Lowry and now a growing independent art scene.

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Cinema Until 3 October 2022, from £9.95

Not Just Bollywood at HOME

Music Until 5 October 2022, from £5.50

Sounds of Nature at The Stoller Hall

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange
Theatre Until 8 October 2022, from £10.00

The Glass Menagerie at the Royal Exchange

Women in Comedy Festival 2022
Comedy Until 10 October 2022, from £3.00

Women in Comedy Festival 2022

Electric Gamebox at the arndale
Childrens Until 22 October 2022, from £5.00

Electric Gamebox at The Arndale

Victoria Baths Guided Tour
Activity Until 26 October 2022, from £6

Victoria Baths Guided Tour

Illustration entitled ‘Because you cannot tame something so happily wild’ by Emily Hughes showing painted animals in a woodland setting
Exhibitions Until 30 October 2022, FREE

Picture This at The Lowry

vegan super club
Activity Until 25 November 2022, from £50

Supper Club at the Vegetarian Society Cookery School

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 11 December 2022, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

autumn season at z-arts
Families Until 30 December 2022, FREE

Autumn season at Z-arts

skyliner
Activity Until 31 December 2022, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester