If there was one word to sum up the top picks in this month’s Exhibitions guide, it might be ‘radical’. Here’s why: among the exhibitions featured, there’s a cutting-edge digital installation being staged in a way to surprise new audiences (that’s IRIS at The Lowry), there’s a new commission from Quays Culture that will see four endangered animals occupying MediaCityUK in giant form (that’s Unnatural Borders), and there’s an exhibition at the People’s History Museum that happens to be one of the first large scale group shows in the UK dedicated to promoting trans* art (that’s Continuum).
It’s also fair to say that this year’s Manchester International Festival, which we are now counting down to, has positioned itself as being uniquely responsive to evolving situations globally – and so it is that two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s installation HOME1947 responds to the 70th anniversary of the Partition of British India this year, while What Is the City but the People? opens the festival with an unorthodox catwalk across Piccadilly Gardens.
There’s even a talk as part of the excellent Humanities in Public festival called, provocatively, Has Manchester Betrayed Its Radical Traditions? What more could a radically-themed Exhibitions guide wish for?
Here are our picks
Treasures Revealed features 40 inspirational objects, collections and ideas from the National Arts Education Archive, chosen by an eclectic range of authors, politicians, artists and critics as part of Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s 40th anniversary in 2017.
One of our top picks for 2017: artists explore childhood experience and familial relationships, revisiting and reassessing pivotal moments and people within their lives for this high-profile showcase at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre is set to be taken over by a stunning spectacle of lasers, light, sound and colour from leading creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast. Audiences will experience IRIS – a unique digital art installation created using laser technology.
This event explores what it means to grow up and grow old with rave culture in Greater Manchester through panel discussions, quizzes and tunes from the city’s finest DJs.
Curated by Artmob, this exhibition showcases the diversity of trans voices in 21st Century Britain, featuring 15 artists working across a range of artistic media.
Conceived by artist Jeremy Deller, What Is the City but the People? will see residents parading on a specially designed walkway across Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens to musical accompaniment, capturing the city through its outfits and attitudes.
Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy reflects on the experiences of people who left their homes during the Partition of British India in 1947, the largest mass migration ever witnessed, in this world premiere at The Lowry.