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.

Here are our picks

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Cinema 2 November–13 December 2018, from £5

Peterloo at HOME

Cinema 9 November–13 December 2018, from £5

Widows at HOME

Families 6–15 December 2018, from £6

Black Beauty at Z-arts

Activity 24 November–15 December 2018, from £4

World of Music at Band on the Wall

PAPER Gallery in Manchester presents Tim Ellis - Cypher
Exhibitions 10 November–15 December 2018, FREE

Tim Ellis: Cypher at PAPER Gallery

Red Squirrel at Lightwaves
Festivals 7–16 December 2018, FREE

Lightwaves 2018 at The Quays

Re: work at The Holden Gallery
Exhibitions 5 November–19 December 2018, FREE

Re: work at The Holden Gallery

RNCM Autumn Season Creative Tourist
Music 6 September–19 December 2018, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

Cinema 7–20 December 2018, from £5.50

The Old Man & the Gun at HOME

Contact In The City Part Two
Theatre 15 August–23 December 2018,

Contact In The City Part Two

Photo of the festive display outside the Corn Exchange
Families 9 November–23 December 2018, FREE

Manchester Christmas Markets