The big announcement for this month’s Exhibitions guide update is the newly announced programme for Manchester After Hours 2017, Manchester’s version of the national Museums at Night festival of lates, programmed by Creative Tourist. A number of superb art-related events will be unfolding for one evening only on 18 May, including a mash-up between cult online radio station NTS Radio and one of the city’s most garlanded galleries, stunning projections onto a huge surveillance aircraft at the Museum of Science and Industry and a multi-media exhibition inspired by the multi award-winning composer behind some of Disney’s greatest hits.
Except that there are, in fact, two big announcements to make: the full programme for the exceptional-sounding Liverpool Presents Sgt Pepper at 50, a series of 13 specially-commissioned events in Liverpool commemorating the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, has been unveiled. Exhibitions-wise, this includes a spectacular mural at Liverpool’s Stanley Dock by iconic American artist Judy Chicago – but you can discover the full programme here.
Here are our picks
Extraordinary objects from the private collection of art collector George Loudon go on display to the public for the first time in Object Lessons at Manchester Museum – a showcase of 19th century life science teaching objects that blurs the boundary between art and science. For Manchester After Hours 2017, Manchester Museum keeps its doors open late for an exclusive look at the exhibition.
LOOK/17, the largest photography festival in the North, returns in its 10th year to explore Cities of exchange – themes of urbanism, social housing, architecture and commerce – through new works from artists based in the UK and Hong Kong.
The Museum of Science and Industry and Islington Mill‘s Engine House Collective team up to explore ideas of surveillance through projections and audio installations on and around the huge Avro Shackleton in the museum’s Air and Space Hall for Manchester After Hours 2017.
The Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) are a group of women in Greater Manchester who are lesbian and bisexual asylum seekers and refugees and their supporters. They have created this moving exhibition to mark their 10th anniversary.
Rarely seen archive material features in this exhibition, documenting how queer club culture and music-makers in Greater Manchester have impacted on attitudes towards sexuality – in the city, and beyond.
A multi discipline art exhibition inspired by the work of Oscar winning composer Alan Menken and featuring artists, musicians and performers from around the North West for Manchester After Hours 2017.
Get in early and celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions as part of Manchester After Hours 2017; one featuring photography by Shirley Baker, the other packed with three centuries of South Asian design.