Because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, our usual recommendations for exhibitions to go and see in Manchester and the North are a little different. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses that make the North of England a great place to live and visit.
We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.
Be sure to check out our full guide to the best online events from organisations in Manchester and the North too.
Stay well folks.
Here are our picks
FACT reopens its galleries to the public with ‘And Say the Animal Responded?’ – a new exhibition that offers a fascinating window into the lives of the other animals that form part of Earth’s total population.
DigiFest / Manchester Histories Festival 2020 – Online, 4–5 September 2020, free entry - Find Out More
Manchester Histories launches DigiFest – an online version of this year’s festival, which marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark act that recognised and granted rights to people with disabilities.
Posters from the civil rights era – an online exhibition, online, Until 30 June 2021, free entry - Visit now
The Working Class Movement Library in Salford presents an online exhibition of powerful posters made by young activists fighting for civil rights in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
The Degree Show on Mars, online, Until 31 August 2020, free entry - Visit now
Dust of your space helmets and prepare for take-off. Graduating art students from Liverpool John Moores University present a multiverse exhibition responding to the many challenges we are currently facing back on Earth.
What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library, online, Until 27 July 2020, free entry - Visit now
The Portico Library marks 250 years since British explorer James Cook first landed on the shores of what we now call Australia with an online exhibition that explores the history of violence and resistance that followed.
Wake Up Together, online, Until 31 August 2020, free entry - Visit now
Travel back in time and explore a VR-edition of Open Eye Gallery’s hugely popular 2018-19 exhibition, ‘Wake Up Together’, featuring work by Ren Hang and Robin Hammond; two artists who both champion the rights of every person to love who they want and respectfully live as they wish.
Can cutting-edge tech bring us closer to the events of the past? People’s History Museum unveils a series of digital experiences that shine a light on key moments in the history of democracy.
‘Craft at Home’ is a new online space where you can continue to support Manchester Craft & Design Centre’s resident makers, pick-up bespoke gifts, and get busy with bee-related craft.
Take a tour around select artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. Lead by different guides every day, each tour is personal to their taste. Tours start at 2 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.
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.
Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.
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.