Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor

The start of the year can feel sluggish or chaotic for many, but thankfully we have visual arts to keep us grounded. The world of exhibitions never quite stops so even at this slower time, we have lots of new shows to look forward to.

While there’s no leading motif for this month’s new openings, Kathryn Maple’s show at The Walker and the Hepworth Wakefield’s Magic in this Country: Hepworth, Moore and the Land share a fascination with that most universal of subjects – landscape. Maple focuses on extreme weather phenomena with the use of distinctive mark-making, while the sculpture display examines how the land influenced the two- and three-dimensional output of some of the most famous British sculptors.

Moving on, we have Williamson Gallery’s display of work by textile artist Michael Brennand-Wood and his hyper-focused research on lace. His work is varied, unexpected and will certainly change the viewers’ perception of the seemingly delicate material.

In Leeds, we have The Tetley’s new poetic offering with Samra Mayanya’s in-depth exploration of ‘lostness’, based on a 1902 text from a secretary-scribe Ham Mukasa from Buganda (present-day Uganda). Back in Manchester, El Morgan weaves her personal experience with her signature playfulness to create Tale of the Frozen Bits, a show all about the history of fertility drugs and the surrounding medical structures.

You can still catch First Breath, an installation of vertical beams of light that visualises the moment that a child takes their first gasp of air, located at the site of Factory International.

Here are our picks

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Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 31 May 2023, FREE

Damien Hirst at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Experience YBA artist Damien Hirst’s towering and provocative outdoor sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

What is Manchester Art Gallery?
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2023, FREE

What is Manchester Art Gallery? at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery reopens with a thought-provoking new exhibition that delves into the history of the public institution and its role within the city.

Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds
Exhibitions Until 5 June 2023,

Silence – Alone in a World of Wounds at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Stop and spend an hour or two with this special creation, nestled within a stand of birch trees beside Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Upper Lake.

At Home with the Pankhurst Family at the Pankhurst Centre
Exhibitions Until 29 August 2024, FREE

At Home with the Pankhurst Family at the Pankhurst Centre

The Pankhurst Centre’s new permanent exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the people behind the iconic Pankhurst name.

life drawing
Activity Until 31 July 2023, from £10

Life Drawing Manchester

Whether you have never put pencil to paper or have been honing your artistic skills for years, Bee Creative studio runs life drawing sessions for people of all abilities.

Exhibitions Until 4 February 2023, FREE

Cerith Wyn Evans: ….)( at MOSTYN

MOSTYN is currently hosting a major solo show by Wales’ most internationally recognised artist Cerith Wyn Evans with a show entitled ‘….)(‘.

Exhibitions Until 21 May 2023, from £6.00

Turn It Up: The Power of Music at the Science and Industry Museum

Prepare to get hands-on, with your ears and hearts open, at a new major exhibition exploring the science of music’s mysterious hold over us and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share.

Exhibitions Until 5 March 2023, FREE

Pure Brilliance: The Boodles Story at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

‘Pure Brilliance: The Boodles Story’ takes viewers on a journey full of sparkle, glamour and some of the finest jewels you’ll see, on the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s 100th anniversary year.

Exhibitions Until 30 April 2023, FREE

Jala Wahid: Conflagration at BALTIC Gateshead

Visit the BALTIC to experience Jala Wahid’s ‘inferno’, an exploration of Kurdish identity, Britishness and diaspora through the lens of oil.

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