Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Polly Checkland Harding, Exhibitions Editor

In contrast to the violent vibrancy of Rachel Maclean’s Wot u 🙂 about? at HOME and ARTIST ROOMS: Andy Warhol at the Whitworth, our new Top 5 selection of the best exhibitions in Manchester and the North is more on the monochrome side. But, if 50 Shades of Grey taught us anything,* it’s that monochrome doesn’t have to be monotonous.** Edward KrasiĹ„ski at Tate Liverpool, for example, took us totally by surprise: the first UK retrospective of sculptures and installations by this highly-influential artist is beautiful, humorous, and no more dull for its limited range of colours. And though Hondartza Fraga‘s pencil drawings at The International 3 are mostly in shades of, well, pencil, they delve into our relationship with landscape through stunning projects such as a series of 365 globes, drawn by the artist every day between 1 January – 31 December 2015. Coincidentally or otherwise, Fraga has work on display simultaneously in the excellent Miniature World exhibition at Castlefield Gallery, which happens to have echoing preoccupations…

Over in Liverpool, and also in black and white, is Open Eye Gallery‘s showcase of photographs resulting from the first ever Jerwood/Photoworks Awards. In the city’s oldest surviving building, on the other hand, a more colourful celebration is planned: the Bluecoat has invited 100 artists who’ve previously exhibited in its gallery to return for Public View, in honour of the building’s 300th anniversary. When an exhibition’s line-up includes Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Magill, Yinka Shonibare, Jeremy Deller and Mark Leckey, it’s worth paying attention to.

* Debatable.

**OK, bad example…

Here are our top 5 picks

  • 1. After The Bees at Manchester Museum

    After The Bees
    Multiple Bee Leg.

    After The Bees at Manchester Museum, Manchester, 16 November 2016–01 July 2017 , free entry - Visit now

    The bee is the symbol of Manchester – so it feels as though we should spare a thought for its future… This exhibition at Manchester Museum imagines a world without bees through a series of stunning artworks.

  • 2. Edward Krasinski at Tate Liverpool

    Edward Krasiński
    Edward Krasiński, Intervention 27 (1975). Tate. Presented by Tate International Council 2007 © The estate of Edward Krasiński, courtesy Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw.

    Edward KrasiĹ„ski at Tate Liverpool, Waterfront, 21 October 2016–05 March 2017 , from ÂŁ6.00 - Book now

    The best exhibition of several currently showing at Tate Liverpool, in our books. The UK’s first retrospective of one of the most influential Eastern European artists of the 20th century features works of extreme elegance and wit, innovative curation techniques and a room of mirrors in which your reflection appears in unexpected places. Superb.

  • 3. Public View at Bluecoat

    Public View
    Yoko Ono. Image courtesy of Sheridon Davies.

    Public View at The Bluecoat, City Centre, 04 February–23 April 2017 , free entry - Visit now

    Work by 100 artists from the Bluecoat gallery’s past will be on show as part of a 300 day celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Bluecoat building – including Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Magill, Yinka Shonibare, Jeremy Deller and Mark Leckey.

  • 4. Not for Navigation at The International 3

    Not for Navigation
    Blank Orrery by Hondartza Fraga.

    Not for Navigation at The International 3, Chapel Street, 07 December 2016–24 February 2017 , free entry - Visit now

    This solo show of work by Spanish-born artist Hondartza Fraga is preoccupied with our relationship to landscape – and features 365 pencil drawings of earth globes.

  • 5. Jerwood/Photoworks Awards at Open Eye Gallery

    Jerwood/Photoworks Awards
    Untitled by Joanna Piotrowska.

    Jerwood/Photoworks Awards at Open Eye Gallery, Waterfront, 28 October–18 December 2016 , free entry - Visit now

    Enabled by the first ever Jerwood/Photoworks Award, this exhibition of new work by three photographers is varied, powerful and not to be missed.

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