Turning a page in our exhibitions calendar for the year, and you’ll see that February brings the opening of some hotly-anticipated shows. John Hyatt: Rock Art at HOME is an immersive exhibition-cum-club, featuring a giant disco ball horse, Public View features over 100 artists in celebration of the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary, …in Dark Times at Castlefield Gallery offers an intriguing look at objects in the digital age, the ancient technique of steam bending is brought up to date at Manchester Craft & Design Centre in Modern Twist and Never Going Underground at the People’s History Museum marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexual acts.
February also sees the programme announcement of Manchester’s radical, feminist Wonder Women festival (2-12 March), a celebration of those who won the fight for votes for women nearly a century ago through evenings with acclaimed artists, a special preview of an exhibition showcasing two sisters who were suffragettes and revolutionaries of their time, a special launch at Manchester Art Gallery and more.
Here are our top 5 picks
Six contemporary artists feature in this exhibition at Castlefield Gallery, each exploring the ways in which screen based technologies and the online world puts distance between us and objects.
This year’s launch of Wonder Women 2017 – a feminist festival of art, music, theatre, cinema, comedy and more – takes place at Manchester Art Gallery, with experimental and unsung artists, musicians and performers who will create bold, live art events in response to the photographs in Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, curated by Martin Parr.
Also part of Wonder Women 2017 is this Thursday Lates event at the Whitworth, in which artist, curator and writer Deanna Petherbridge MBE will talk about the journeys she’s made over her career, with live musicians accompanying images from her archive.
January 1967: it’s illegal for men to have sex together, lesbianism is seen as a medical misfortune, and trans rights are non-existent. 50 years later, the People’s History Museum is launching an exhibition and series of events to chart the development in LGBT+ activism and rights to the present day. Join the People’s History Museum as they celebrate the launch of their Family Friendly programme on 12 March.