With the second national lockdown in force, galleries are closed once again. Hopefully we’ll be allowed back out of our houses in early December (though who really knows what Borris will decide). For now, though, there’s plenty on the horizon to look forward to. Here’s this month’s top pick of exhibitions to see next month and beyond.
Among our latest highlights is Turner Bursary artist Sean Edwards’ Undo Things Done, which started out life in the Santa Maria Ausiliatrice at Venice Biennale in 2019 and is now to go on show at Bluecoat in Liverpool. The exhibition offers a poetic enquiry into place, politics and class, using the artist’s experience of growing up on a council estate in Cardiff in the 1980s as its starting point.
Fun & Games might not be quite what the last year has been, but The Portico Library’s upcoming exhibition (also available to view online) sounds well worth a visit. The display looks back on the evolution of games, play and recreation throughout the ages and features new work by contemporary artists in response.
Continuing the historic turn, Lady Lever Art Gallery in sunny Port Sunlight looks back on the turbulent years of the German Revolution and the art that came out of it, while The Hepworth in Wakefield celebrates its 10th birthday with an exhibition about the 100-year-old contemporary art collection it grew out of.
For now, though, it would be remiss to not mention how more-than-a-little excited we are for the launch of Grayson’s Art Club at Manchester Art Gallery. Based on the popular Channel 4 series that helped countless viewers through the boredom, loneliness and confinement of the first lockdown, this promises to be a fitting – and also uplifting – show to end a very rocky year.
Here are our picks
Undo Things Done, a poetic inquiry into place, politics and class intertwined with personal histories, takes as its starting point Sean Edwards’ experience of growing up on a council estate in Cardiff in the 1980s.
100 years of contemporary art in one sitting? Feast your eyes at The Hepworth Wakefield and discover the story behind its remarkable collection.
Schiele, Munch, Picasso, Kollwitz – Lady Lever Art Gallery’s latest exhibition brings together some of the most influential European artists and printmakers of the early 20th century.
Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body continues the Henry Moore Institute’s programme of exhibitions dedicated to contemporary sculptors yet to receive full exposure in the UK.
People’s History Museum presents a powerful selection of images taken by photographer Jake Hardy documenting one of the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests that took place in central Manchester during May 2020.
For her first solo exhibition, Welsh artist Phoebe Davies presents a new body of work inspired by her time spent with a group of teenage female wrestlers training in a local club on the outskirts of Oslo.
This blockbuster exhibition was due to close at the end of March, but has been extended until 29 November as part of the Science and Industry Museum’s reopening programme.
Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.
Visit People’s History Museum’s 2020 display of political banners from across the years – including several that will go on public show for the first time.
How have visions of utopia and the visual culture that helped form it impacted upon the Brexit debate? A new exhibition at the Whitworth explores.
Combining demon lures and invented artefacts, ancient mythology and family lore, The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds is the latest new work by upcoming artist Emii Alrai.
Can cutting-edge tech bring us closer to the events of the past? People’s History Museum unveils a series of new digital artworks and experiences.
In this immersive exhibition, children can let their imaginations go wild as they take centre stage alongside some of their favourite characters from beloved children’s author, Judith Kerr.
Follow Jasmine’s story, as she struggles to decide whether or not to search for her birth family in Wuhan, told via a series of Instagram and blog posts.