With autumn creeping in, we’re back into full gallery-going season, and there’s plenty to check out.
She Appeared to Vanish at HOME Manchester and Waterside Arts in Sale challenges traditional depictions of the female form – laced in centuries of objectification and misogyny – through the work of five female artists/photographers. Charged with tension, subversion and resistance, this two-part show ripples with an uncanny, unruly energy that demands to be seen.
Over at BALTIC in Gateshead, Albert Portrony’s major new exhibition, EQUAL PLAY, continues the feminist theme, engaging with principles of non-gendered and non-prescriptive play, giving particular consideration to the role of men in relation to childcare. This jubilant show takes its reference from the work of the 20th-century Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck, whose ideas around the importance of creativity and imagination in everyday life still inspire generations today.
Imbued with a mix of beauty, strangeness, and carnality, Lauren Gault’s richly sensory exhibition Cithra at the Tetley in Leeds explores the close interdependency between wildness and domestication. Spanning everything from contemporary agricultural practices to archaeology, and biomaterials to rewilding, this timely show is informed by Gault’s experience of growing up in rural Northern Ireland and her research into the writings of her relative, the Irish-born female explorer, inventor, and self-educated scientist, Martha Craig (1866-1950).
Over in Liverpool, the Tate presents Lucy McKenzie’s first UK retrospective. Celebrated as being among the most singular artistic voices of her generation, this long-overdue show will bring together over 80 of McKenzie’s works from the last two decades, spanning themes including media depictions of women athletes, the politics of post-war muralism, music subcultures, fashion, and private and public space. Lastly, Uncertain Data at FACT Liverpool asks, who is the master and who is the servant in our relationship with data? The interactive show features newly commissioned work by four early-career artists, who together invite us to take a closer look at how technology is reshaping our perception of reality and the way in which society is ordered.
Here are our picks
Art has always been at the beating heart of Manchester International Festival and this year is no different.
Tai Shani: The Neon Hieroglyph – Online with Manchester International Festival Virtual Factory, online, Until 31 March 2022, free entry - Visit now
Turner Prize winning artist Tai Shani takes us on an LSD-inspired hallucinatory journey across time and space. Prepare to have your consciousness expanded.
Experience YBA artist Damien Hirst’s towering and provocative outdoor sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.
A collaborative project that takes inspiration from the history of the Leigh Female Reformers of 1819 and the monstrous representations of them in the media of the time.
Florence Nightingale Bicentenary: Inspiration to Genius is an online exhibition exploring the life of Florence Nightingale and her connection to Lotherton Hall.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.
Below the Salt is an exhibition of new works by Catherine Bertola, shown alongside the first inventory of Temple Newsam House, made on 12 September 1520.
The Sounds of Our City Online Exhibition gives you a chance to visit the current exhibition at Abbey House Museum virtually. Find out how the different musical styles and venues of Leeds interact.
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.