Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor

With the summer holidays (almost) over, we may be checking the weather forecast a little more often in fear of late summer downpours. At least one thing’s for sure – there are lots of fantastic exhibitions to look forward to.

Jadé Fadojutimi: Can we see the colour green because we have a name for it? at The Hepworth Wakefield is an absolute art highlight of this year’s art calendar, so don’t miss her large-scale colourful canvases.

In Leeds Art Gallery, you’ll find Jill McKnight’s show Desire Lines. A culmination of the artist’s residency, the artist has created a display informed by her intimate understanding of the city and its communities. Desire Lines combines newly created work with pieces from the gallery’s collection.

Straying into more rural subject matter is Janine Burrows’ exhibition Table to Tide: A Yorkshire Conversation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This gorgeous display gathers pastel-coloured paintings of the Yorkshire coastline, homely still lives as well as pieces inspired by YSP itself.

Do They Owe Us a Living? at The Royal Standard in Liverpool, organised as part of the Art of Management & Organization conference critiques the realities of life under the rule of neoliberalism through a variety of mediums from 12 artists.

PAPER Gallery on the other hand is testing “the patience of paper” in Die Geduld des Papiers with the help of German art collective Axel Obiger. The exhibition gathers nine artists and brings a little taste of the Berlin art scene to our doorstep.

Jen Southern took inspiration from the flow of water, particularly the local River Bollin and has created five videos for the installation Gathering Downstream which is still on display at National Trust’s Quarry Bank.

Finally, art and photography exhibition Saturate explores colour in all-new ways, involving modified infra-red technology and other innovative ideas.

Here are our picks

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Stop and spend an hour or two with this special creation, nestled within a stand of birch trees beside Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Upper Lake.

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Exhibitions Until 29 August 2024, FREE

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Exhibitions Until 27 November 2022, FREE

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Come along to experience the energy and nostalgia of The British Pop Archive – an exhibition that gathers records, artefacts and memorabilia of UK popular culture from the post-war period to the present day.

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