Warning: The following question should not be answered out-loud (as fans of Peter Pan will know well). Do you believe in fairies? Either way, we urge readers to approach Serena Korda’s latest outdoor commission, The Bell Tree, with great care and under no circumstance stray from the forest paths. The sculptural sound installation sited in Speke Hall’s ancient woodland explores the contemporary artist’s longstanding interest in alternative histories – and herstories – of folklore and witchcraft, and the legacy of hidden rebellion that surrounds the historic Tudor home.
Korda’s trademark slipcasting technique, which many may have encountered at her recent show Daughters of Necessity at The Hepworth Wakefield, brings us to SUBI 수비 – a fascinating new exhibition about to open at Castlefield Gallery featuring artists whose unconventional approach to ceramics prompts us to consider the radical potential of this over 8,000-year-old craft. Meanwhile, Thick Time at the Whitworth brings the work of renowned South African artist William Kentridge to Manchester, addressing subjects as wide ranging as early cinema, China’s Cultural Revolution, opera, scientific theories of space, and the generative qualities of nature and creativity.
Finally, with autumn rapidly approaching, we look forward to two of the season’s main highlights (crunchy leaves and gloriously thick black tights aside, of course): The Manchester Contemporary and the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.
Here are our picks
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.
SUBI 수비 at Castlefield Gallery explores the long process of cultural and generational exchange that underpins the art of pottery and ceramics – one of the world’s oldest crafts – as an integral part of the way that humans create and communicate the world in which we live.
For anyone with even a passing interest in the beauty of the handmade or artful design, the annual award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) in Manchester is the place to head this October.
Beautiful world, where are you? at Exchange Flags, 14 July–28 October 2018, free entry - Visit now
Before the summer draws to a close, make sure you get out and explore Liverpool Biennial’s ever-popular programme of outdoor public art commissions and works presented in unusual spaces throughout the city.
Part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, Beautiful world, where are you? at Tate Liverpool presents work by a group of artists predominantly originating from America, Australia and Canada, dealing with issues of indigenous identity and the often-violent legacies of colonialism.
To mark its 250th birthday, the Royal Academy of Arts in London has launched a nationwide programme of exhibitions, displays, tours, talks and one-off events. Here we take a look at what’s going on in Salford – home of RA LS Lowry and now a growing independent art scene.
Lest We Forget marks the first instalment of a major new season of exhibitions, music, dance, talks and events at IWM London and IWM North exploring how the First World War has shaped society today.
Featuring work by over 60 internationally renowned artists spanning 400 years, Heads Roll at Graves Gallery in Sheffield sets out on a remarkable journey to unpick one of the world’s most popular and enduring artistic genres: the portrait.
Featuring a number of pieces which have never been seen before in public, ‘Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power’ at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal delves into the life and work of one of the most widely-loved, exciting and individual sculptors of the 20th century.
Liverpool Biennial 2018, 14 July–28 October 2018, free entry - Visit now
If there’s one thing you do this summer, we strongly recommend you hop on a train and make your way over to the 10th edition of the ever-popular Liverpool Biennial – Beautiful world, where are you? – a city-wide festival of new and exciting contemporary art from around the world.
Explore the story of democracy through a special display of banners that were integral to the women’s suffrage movement, as well as other campaigns for representation at the People’s History Museum.
Encounter objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, spanning almost 1,000 years of Chinese history, at China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors.
The first major retrospective of work by the radical Manchester artist and feminist campaigner, Annie Swynnerton, opens in nearly 100 years at Manchester Art Gallery.
Exchanges at The Whitworth sets art and artists together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.
This latest exhibition uses the Whitworth’s extensive and significant wallpaper collection to focus on how Imperial attitudes to people are reflected in wallpaper.
Life in Motion at Tate Liverpool highlights the expressive nature of the human body, seen through the eyes of two influential and innovative artists: Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman.
What do public museums collect and why? Which works become highlights, and which lie forgotten in storage? Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition at Manchester Art Gallery considers how public museums reflect and shape our collective imagination.
A pop-up exhibition of works celebrating, challenging and questioning printmaking, catch PRINT UnLtd. at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.