The first UK solo presentation of work by Vivian Suter at Tate Liverpool absolutely tops our pick of exhibition highlights this month. After a period of almost three decades during which she shunned the attention of the art world, the Guatemalan based Swiss-Argentinian artist is making waves once again with her raw, brightly coloured abstracts that capture the light, heat and intensity of life in the heart of the Central American rainforest.
Elizabeth Price’s 2012 Turner Prize winning film, ‘The Woolworths Choir of 1979’, featuring footage from a tragic fire at the Piccadilly Gardens branch of the department store, will be exhibited in Manchester for the first time this October, alongside a wide selection of other new and acclaimed pieces by the artist. Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station at the Harris will look back over the fascinating history of Lancashire’s most Marmite piece of Modernist social architecture, the recent renovation of which has been longlisted for the ‘UK’s best new building’ RIBA Stirling prize. And The Hepworth Wakefield prepares to present a major exhibition that refocuses our attention on David Hockney’s early career, presenting key works alongside paintings by fellow post-war artist Alan Davie, who served as a crucial inspiration for the young Yorkshire born and bred artist. This will be paired with the first UK solo presentation of work by the LA-based artist Christina Quarles.
Providing an exciting snapshot of what’s to come in the world of British contemporary art, and having boosted the fledgling careers of many now leading international figures over the decades – including Hockney, as well as Damien Hirst, Derek Jarman and Monster Chetwynd – the annual Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition is not to be missed. Catch this year’s edition at Leeds Art Gallery, and tie in with a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture International before the festival ends later this month.
Lastly, whether you’re a seasoned professional or haven’t touched a paintbrush in over 20 years, there’s still time to apply for the inaugural Manchester Open Exhibition at HOME, operating under the banner, ‘Everyone’s an Artist’.
Here are our picks
Beautiful and Brutal – an unusual new exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic, internationally renowned Preston Bus Station.
Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy, 5 March–3 November 2019, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members - Book now
Featuring over 20 paintings, photographs and prints, this National Trust exhibition brings together some of Yorkshire’s most iconic and controversial figures.
With works by Banksy, Picasso and John Cocteau, National Football Museum’s current exhibition demonstrates how artists have been mining the beautiful game for inspiration for decades.
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 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.
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.
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.
As one of Liverpool’s lesser known gems prepares to reopen its doors for 2019, we look forward to encountering a rare series of photographs only recently discovered by chance in the cluttered darkroom of the Hardmans’ former, perfectly-preserved home.
Award-winning playwright Linda Brogan and a group of local residents who used to attend the Reno nightclub in the 1970s and 80s prepare to occupy the Whitworth for one year. Located in Moss Side, the Reno was known as a space for young mixed-race Mancunians. This living exhibition will tell the story of the club through art and archive materials.
Discover how Victorian gentlemen protected their moustaches from tea, which monarch’s pair of stockings reside in Salford, get up close to incredible art and more.