Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor

This month’s exhibitions guide features a variety of art as always, but you might notice an underlying motif of nature – both flora and fauna explored by artists in many different ways. As we get closer to Christmas, why not pause in the hustle and bustle of planning and shopping to take in some inspiration?

In Manchester and nearby you’ll find Brigitte Jurack’s Fieldnotes at HOME and On Shifting Ground by Joanna Whittle. Jurack dives into the subject of scarcity of resources and dying crafts in gorgeous  three- and two dimensional works, while Whittle’s tiny gem-like paintings deal with themes of ritual, transience and mourning through the landscape.

Further afield in Yorkshire, you can visit IN-SIDE-OUT-SIDE-IN currently on display at Sheffield’s Site Gallery. This group exhibition looks at our digestive systems alongside formations of land and architecture.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is hosting Lakwena Maciver’s A green and pleasant land (HA-HA) in the Weston Gallery – colourfully exploring themes of land access, public space and protest. Not too far away, in The Hepworth Wakefield, is the major survey of work by photographer Hannah Starkey: In Real Life, where you can admire her large-scale compositions focusing on women in everyday surroundings.

Here are our picks

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