As we stumble, bleary eyed, into another brand-new year, it’s a relief to know that the next couple of post-Christmas, drizzle-infused months have some exciting cultural highlights in store. Chief among these is the world premiere of three new interactive ‘solid light’ installations by Anthony McCall as part of The Hepworth Wakefield’s major survey of the artist’s work. Combine your visit with a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park (just a few miles away), where Revolt & Revolutions explores art as a vehicle for socio-political commentary and protest, and Alfredo Jaar: The Garden of Good and Evil presents the work of one of the world’s most politically engaging artists today.
Elsewhere, Tate Liverpool looks forward to celebrating its 30th anniversary with an unusual exhibition curated and conceived by Art Handling Manager Ken Simons – the only person to have worked at the gallery throughout its history. Drawing upon over three decades of knowledge and experience, Ken’s Show will feature 30 of Ken’s favourite artworks from across the Tate collection; including Mark Rothko’s Light Red Over Black and J.M.W. Turner’s Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth.
Finally, as we head towards the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act (1918) – when women first won the partial right to vote – this year’s Wonder Women looks set to be the most exciting edition of Manchester’s city-wide radical feminist festival yet. Among the highlights, we look forward to Annie Swynnerton: Painting Light and Hope at Manchester Art Gallery, and Head to Head: Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce at Castlefield Gallery. Stay tuned for further WW2018 updates!
Here are our picks
The world premiere of three new immersive, interactive ‘solid light’ installations by Anthony McCall opens at The Hepworth Wakefield, as part of a major survey of the artist’s work.
Drawing together the experiences of two different women, Head to Head: Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce responds to individual, collective and historic struggles for female representation and empowerment.
The first major retrospective in nearly 100 years of work by the radical Manchester artist and feminist campaigner, Annie Swynnerton, opens at Manchester Art Gallery.
‘Outsider’ artist Peter Hodgson receives his first gallery retrospective with a show that speaks to a society in search of more ‘holistic’ ways of living and sustainable routes forward.
From magician, to architect, to one of the world’s most politically engaging artists today, Alfredo Jaar’s major new solo exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park provides a striking encounter.
CFCCA’s upcoming exhibition explores the contradictory relationship between resource exploitation, ecological protection and technological development in the digital age.
As part of the 40th anniversary of Yorkshire Scupture Park will be this exhibition of Ai Weiwei’s acclaimed 12 bronze animal heads – which have a particularly intriguing, and political, backstory.
A special In Conversation event at the Museum of Science and Industry will take the robot debate one step further, discussing the rapid development of robots in recent history and whether they could one day threaten the survival of the human race.
The work of the late, world-renowned ceramicist Betty Woodman has an unforgettable quality. Liverpool Biennial presents a rare opportunity to experience her pioneering designs up close in the North.
LAST CHANCE. Leeds Art Gallery reopened with a major exhibition dedicated to the work of a man who believed deeply in the healing power and social function of art.
Attend a special artists’ talk and guided tour of two exhibitions by artists Holly Rowan Hesson and Ellen Sampson.
Glass making and digital design combine to remarkable effect in this new exhibition at MCDC, which gives physical shape to the sound of the blower’s breath.
This winter, YSP presents an exhibition of prints and illustrations that celebrate the eccentric, uncanny and overlooked follies, temples and towers of Britain.
Furnish your home with design classics from carefully selected top dealers, with a visit to the first Modern Shows® northern pop-up event.
CFCCA and HOME take part in a new UK-wide programme of exhibitions, commissions and events celebrating female contemporary artists working in China today.