Whether you welcome the changing seasons with open arms, or you’re still holding onto those memories of fun, sea and sunburn, autumn has arrived and with it comes a wave of exhibition openings all around Manchester and the North.
The British Pop Archive exhibition at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library is a celebration of UK’s pop culture since the post-war period until now, with a particular focus on the unique contribution of Manchester and its position on the national cultural stage.
Some artists’ names are always sure to draw a crowd – Joseph Mallord William Turner is one of these artists. Dark Waters at Tate Liverpool gives us a chance not only to admire the master painter’s ground-breaking seascapes, but also to feel their intensity paired with the immersive sound environment created by artist Lamin Fofana. Expect a powerful, emotional and aesthetic experience.
Also looking at the past with an ultra-modern twist is David Arsham and his new display Relics in the Landscape, taking place in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. His antiquity-inspired sculptures emphasise the passage of time and the resulting decay on a (very) large scale.
Castlefield Gallery’s new display from the young artists Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi, delves into the complexity of our current times, spotlighting themes of cultural identity, wealth and media.
Dandy Style at Manchester Art Gallery is the inaugural show for the new Fashion Gallery, specially designed for the display of costumes and textiles. The exhibition explores men’s style through the ages, from the 18th century to the present day, with more fine embroidery than you might initially expect!
The Tetley in Leeds is presenting Retrospect, Reality, Reform, an exhibition from the artists and curators behind ROOT-ed Zine, who have gathered four early career artists of colour based in the North to examine the titular concepts. ROOT-ed Zine work to provide a platform for marginalised voices through a regular zine, workshops and informal events.
Don’t forget Gathering Downstream which is still on display at National Trust’s Quarry Bank – artist Jen Southern took inspiration from the flow of water, particularly the local River Bollin to create five videos for the site-specific installation.
Here are our picks
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 tahe post-war period to the present day.
In the first Castlefield Gallery’s series of two-artist exhibitions, Bamber and Kalungi explore themes of memory, trauma, wealth, greed and many other nuanced elements of contemporary life.
Jill McKnight has been busy diving deep into the Leeds Art Gallery’s collections and British Library Sound Archive to create this fascinating show inspired by Leeds and its residents, past and present.
Enjoy the beauty of Yorkshire through Janine Burrows’ depictions of the local landscape and cosy domestic scenes. Look out for the painted Henry Moore sculpture too!
James Fox draws on the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement in his approach to nature, its beauty and the need for its protection while using traditional textile techniques to craft his artworks.
Admire Rachel Goodyear’s skilful drawings peppered with symbolism and mythological references at her ‘homecoming’ home this summer, on display at Salford Museum & Art Gallery.
The former cotton mill of Quarry Bank is currently home to an ‘Gathering Downstream’, an exhibition exploring the site’s legacy of the industrial revolution alongside environmental change and disruption.
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Using a multitude of mediums to examine themes of memory and trauma as a result of forced migration, Mounira Al Solh’s exhibition amplifies the voices of people from the Middle East, displaced to Lebanon, Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world.
Filled with striking reminders and symbols of the fight for justice, the Banner Exhibition at People’s History Museum will take you on a journey through the history of rights and equality via its dazzling collection.
Experience YBA artist Damien Hirst’s towering and provocative outdoor sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Join Skyliner for the anti-tour of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The route interrogates current developments in the city as well as visiting the area’s most notable pieces of street art.
Manchester Art Gallery reopens with a thought-provoking new exhibition that delves into the history of the public institution and its role within the city.
Liverpool’s Zap Graffiti teaches all the basic skills and techniques you need to make a street-style creation you’ll be proud of.
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.
The Pankhurst Centre’s new permanent exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the people behind the iconic Pankhurst name.
See the most exciting emerging talent this autumn in Bloomberg Contemporaries 2022 at Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Gallery in Hull.
Leeds Art Gallery’s exhibition ‘Shifting Perspectives’ invites viewers to examine their own perspectives around identity and representation of African, Caribbean and Asian communities, via the medium of art.
Inspired by the museum collection of objects and documents related to mental health, ‘Recollections May Vary’ gathers the work of 12 artists, resulting in a powerful display of very personal responses.