Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

With autumn creeping in, we’re back into full gallery-going season, and there’s plenty to check out.

She Appeared to Vanish at HOME Manchester and Waterside Arts in Sale challenges traditional depictions of the female form – laced in centuries of objectification and misogyny – through the work of five female artists/photographers. Charged with tension, subversion and resistance, this two-part show ripples with an uncanny, unruly energy that demands to be seen.

Over at BALTIC in Gateshead, Albert Portrony’s major new exhibition, EQUAL PLAY, continues the feminist theme, engaging with principles of non-gendered and non-prescriptive play, giving particular consideration to the role of men in relation to childcare. This jubilant show takes its reference from the work of the 20th-century Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck, whose ideas around the importance of creativity and imagination in everyday life still inspire generations today.

Imbued with a mix of beauty, strangeness, and carnality, Lauren Gault’s richly sensory exhibition Cithra at the Tetley in Leeds explores the close interdependency between wildness and domestication. Spanning everything from contemporary agricultural practices to archaeology, and biomaterials to rewilding, this timely show is informed by Gault’s experience of growing up in rural Northern Ireland and her research into the writings of her relative, the Irish-born female explorer, inventor, and self-educated scientist, Martha Craig (1866-1950).

Over in Liverpool, the Tate presents Lucy McKenzie’s first UK retrospective. Celebrated as being among the most singular artistic voices of her generation, this long-overdue show will bring together over 80 of McKenzie’s works from the last two decades, spanning themes including media depictions of women athletes, the politics of post-war muralism, music subcultures, fashion, and private and public space. Lastly, Uncertain Data at FACT Liverpool asks, who is the master and who is the servant in our relationship with data? The interactive show features newly commissioned work by four early-career artists, who together invite us to take a closer look at how technology is reshaping our perception of reality and the way in which society is ordered.

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Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 1 April 2022, FREE

Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Experience YBA artist Damien Hirst’s towering and provocative outdoor sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives – exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 14 December 2021, FREE

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives at Manchester Art Gallery

Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.

These Lancashire Women are Witches in Politics with The Turnpike
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2022, FREE

These Lancashire Women are Witches in Politics with The Turnpike

A collaborative project that takes inspiration from the history of the Leigh Female Reformers of 1819 and the monstrous representations of them in the media of the time.

florence nightingale bicentenary: inspiration to genius
Exhibitions Until 17 October 2021,

Florence Nightingale Bicentenary: Inspiration to Genius

Florence Nightingale Bicentenary: Inspiration to Genius is an online exhibition exploring the life of Florence Nightingale and her connection to Lotherton Hall.

Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 9 January 2022, FREE

Joana Vasconcelos at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.

Below the Salt Online Exhibition
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2021,

Below the Salt Online Exhibition

Below the Salt is an exhibition of new works by Catherine Bertola, shown alongside the first inventory of Temple Newsam House, made on 12 September 1520.

sounds of our city online exhibition
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2021,

Sounds of Our City Online Exhibition

The Sounds of Our City Online Exhibition gives you a chance to visit the current exhibition at Abbey House Museum virtually. Find out how the different musical styles and venues of Leeds interact.

What is Manchester Art Gallery?
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2023, FREE

What is Manchester Art Gallery? at Manchester Art Gallery

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.

#WELCOME? at the People's History Museum
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2021, FREE

#WELCOME? at the People’s History Museum

#WELCOME? at the People’s History Museum explores the wider impact of media coverage and changing immigration controls.

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