We rely upon the energy provided by the Sun as our primary life source and have worshipped it across cultures throughout history. Yet, as record heatwaves swept through Europe last month, following episodes of extreme heat in Australia, India, Pakistan and parts of the Middle East in 2019, the dangers it poses as a result of global warming are also becoming increasingly apparent. A new blockbuster exhibition at Science and Industry Museum shines a light on humanity’s complex relationship with our solar system’s central star, featuring objects of ancient religious significance through to ground-breaking technology designed to harness its energy in less damaging ways.
Continuing to examine the role of technology in relation to our environment, Future Cities: Technolpolis & Everyday Life at CFCCA will consider the ways in which our cities are being redesigned and envisioned in accordance with the Digital Revolution. Meanwhile, a new commission by Cumbia-based artist Maddi Nicholson sited in Spinningfields looks back in time, peeling away layers of neat corporate identity to reveal the brutal reality of life in the district during the Industrial Revolution.
In a lighter twist, the Lowry’s summer exhibition, Expect the Unexpected, celebrates the role of chance within contemporary art, featuring playful and important works by major artists including Yoko Ono, Gillian Wearing and Keith Tyson. And we look forward to the inaugural edition of British Textile Biennial, which boasts an impressive programme of new work by contemporary artists, designers and makers exploring the central role that textiles have played in shaping the north’s identity over the past 200 years.
Here are our picks
Curated with support from award-winning journalist Iona Craig, Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North offers a powerful look at one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Castlefield Gallery’s latest exhibition will cast visitors into a time warp of music and sound, featuring an array of copyright-expired archival material from across the last 100 years.
Join the artist family who’ve created new work for Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank for a day of marching, making and drumming at Central Library.
Providing a rare insight into the history of child labour in Cumbria, this eye-opening exhibition at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry is not to be missed.
, 15 February–15 October 2019, free entry
Not only one of Britain’s most picturesque national parks, the Lake District is also brimming with culture. Here’s what not miss this summer.
Over the summer Dunham Massey will host two new works of art relating to the Peterloo Massacre. Two films that feature themes of rights, social change and responsibility will be shown on a regular basis thought July, August and September.
Cannon Hall’s historic pear collection and a new exhibition of work by renowned botanical artist Elisabeth Dowle makes for a perfect – and prescient – pairing.
In addition to the Rights of a Child exhibition Quarry Bank will host two new films that a based on conversations about rights, social change and responsibility. The newly commissioned art is part of the National Trust’s People’s Landscapes programme of events.
Could the air that surrounds us be used to access the voices of the past? For MIF 2019, Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer sets out to investigate a captivating theory posited by the great 19th century English polymath Charles Babbage
A duo-exhibition of work by the eminent American filmmaker Ericka Beckman and rising London-based video artist Marianna Simnett marks a strong start to FACT’s year-long season focusing on identity, representation and gender.
Exploring the relationship between art and mindfulness And Breathe… is an exhibition of artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection that explores the relationship between art, positive mental health and wellbeing.
Showcasing furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery, Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery highlights the superb quality and creativity inherent in design from the region and features pieces from 1930 to the present day.
Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.
The Bell Tree by award winning contemporary artist Serena Korda responds to England’s alternative history of fairy-tale folklore, the ancient forest at Speke Hall and the legacy of hidden rebellion that surrounds the historic Tudor home.
Take a tour around select artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. Lead by different guides every day, each tour is personal to their taste. Tours start at 2 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
Make tracks for Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum. A one-in-a-lifetime chance to see Stephenson’s Rocket return to the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway for the first time in over 180 years.
Whether Liverpool Biennial 2018 passed you by or you diligently ticked-off every last one of its multiple offerings (if so; bravo), the Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour seems unlikely to disappoint.
The UK’s first immersive exhibition of the much-loved tales of Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Expect enchanting forests, miniature towns and watery worlds.