Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor

Whether you welcome the changing seasons with open arms, or you’re still holding onto those memories of fun, sea and sunburn, autumn has arrived and with it comes a wave of exhibition openings all around Manchester and the North.

The British Pop Archive exhibition at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library is a celebration of UK’s pop culture since the post-war period until now, with a particular focus on the unique contribution of Manchester and its position on the national cultural stage.

Some artists’ names are always sure to draw a crowd – Joseph Mallord William Turner is one of these artists. Dark Waters at Tate Liverpool gives us a chance not only to admire the master painter’s ground-breaking seascapes, but also to feel their intensity paired with the immersive sound environment created by artist Lamin Fofana. Expect a powerful, emotional and aesthetic experience.

Also looking at the past with an ultra-modern twist is David Arsham and his new display Relics in the Landscape, taking place in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. His antiquity-inspired sculptures emphasise the passage of time and the resulting decay on a (very) large scale.

Castlefield Gallery’s new display from the young artists Matthew Bamber and Ivy Kalungi, delves into the complexity of our current times, spotlighting themes of cultural identity, wealth and media.

Dandy Style at Manchester Art Gallery is the inaugural show for the new Fashion Gallery, specially designed for the display of costumes and textiles. The exhibition explores men’s style through the ages, from the 18th century to the present day, with more fine embroidery than you might initially expect!

The Tetley in Leeds is presenting Retrospect, Reality, Reform, an exhibition from the artists and curators behind ROOT-ed Zine, who have gathered four early career artists of colour based in the North to examine the titular concepts. ROOT-ed Zine work to provide a platform for marginalised voices through a regular zine, workshops and informal events.

Don’t forget Gathering Downstream which is still on display at National Trust’s Quarry Bank – artist Jen Southern took inspiration from the flow of water, particularly the local River Bollin to create five videos for the site-specific installation.

Here are our picks

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