Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Polly Checkland Harding, Exhibitions Editor

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

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