Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

Because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, our usual recommendations for exhibitions to go and see in Manchester and the North are a little different. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses that make the North of England a great place to live and visit.

We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.

Be sure to check out our full guide to the best online events from organisations in Manchester and the North too.

Stay well folks.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Gardener Digs in Another Time – Online at the Whitworth

    Oberon, 1969-1976, Peter Blake. Copyright © Peter Blake & The Whitworth, The University of Manchester

    The Gardener Digs in Another Time – Online, online, Until 1 May 2021, free entry - Visit now

    the Whitworth in Manchester invites you to step into the garden as subject with an online version of its 2016 exhibition, The Gardener Digs in Another Time.

  • 2. WEB/SITE – Online at Site Gallery, Sheffield

    Spiral Holds # 2 Phoebe Davies.

    WEB/SITE, online, Until 31 August 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Site Gallery presents WEB/SITE – an online programme of events and activity engaging with contemporary artists and ideas.

  • 3. The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool

    The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool
    Video still from documentary film Une vie de Grand Rhinolophe (2014), directed by Tanguy Stoecklé

    The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool, online, Until 31 March 2021, free entry - Visit now

    FACT’s year-long programme, The Living Planet, seems even more timely than first imagined – and has been created for people to interact with and enjoy remotely for free online.

  • 4. What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library

    What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library
    Anangu artists with the Uluru Statement from the Heart. From left: Christine Brumby, Charmaine Kulitja, Rene Kulitja, Happy Reid. Photography by Clive Scollaly.

    What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library, online, Until 27 July 2020, free entry - Visit now

    The Portico Library marks 250 years since British explorer James Cook first landed on the shores of what we now call Australia with an online exhibition that explores the history of violence and resistance that followed.

  • 5. Bill Brandt / Henry Moore – Online at The Hepworth Wakefield

    Bill Brandt / Henry Moore at The Hepworth Wakefield
    Bill Brandt, Nude, East Sussex Coast. Gelatin silver print, 1960. Bill Brandt Archive, London, © Bill Brandt / Bill Brandt Archive Ltd.

    Bill Brandt / Henry Moore, online, Until 31 August 2020 - Book now

    The Hepworth Wakefield is currently closed due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, however, its major exhibition bringing together over 200 works by Bill Brandt and Henry Moore can still be enjoyed online!

  • 6. Wake Up Together and Where Love is Illegal – VR Version, Online at Open Eye Gallery

    Ren Hang: Wake Up Together at Open Eye Gallery
    Untitled, Ren Hang, 2016. Stieglitz19

    Wake Up Together, online, Until 31 August 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Travel back in time and explore a VR-edition of Open Eye Gallery’s hugely popular 2018-19 exhibition, ‘Wake Up Together’, featuring work by Ren Hang and Robin Hammond; two artists who both champion the rights of every person to love who they want and respectfully live as they wish.

  • 7. Abel Rodríguez – Online at BALTIC, Gateshead

    Abel Rodríguez at BALTIC, Gateshead
    Abel Rodriguez – Terraza Alta VI, 2019

    Abel Rodríguez, online, Until 31 August 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Travel to the depths of the South American rainforest with a visit to Abel Rordriguez’s first solo exhibition, presented online at BALTIC Plus.

  • 8. New Digital Experiences at People’s History Museum

    New Digital Experiences at People's History Museum, Manchester
    Image © People’s History Museum

    New digital experiences for 2020 at People’s History Museum, City Centre, Until 23 December 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Can cutting-edge tech bring us closer to the events of the past? People’s History Museum unveils a series of digital experiences that shine a light on key moments in the history of democracy.

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Maddi Nicholson: a place lived at Hardman Square in Spinningfields
Exhibitions Until 20 July 2020, FREE

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‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 5 July 2020, FREE

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Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth examines the powerful the voices of the Design Reform movement.

Judy Chicago exhibition at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions Until 31 August 2020, FREE

Judy Chicago – Online at BALTIC, Gateshead

BALTIC presents an online edition of its major retrospective on Judy Chicago – one of the most important feminist artists of the last half-century.

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives – exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 14 December 2021, FREE

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives at Manchester Art Gallery

Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.

2020 Banner Display at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

2020 Banner Display at People’s History Museum

Visit People’s History Museum’s 2020 display of political banners from across the years – including several that will go on public show for the first time.

Utopias exhibition at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 31 October 2020, FREE

Utopias at the Whitworth

How have visions of utopia and the visual culture that helped form it impacted upon the Brexit debate? A new exhibition at the Whitworth explores.

Activity Until 2 September 2020, FREE

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Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.

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Activity Until 12 July 2020, from £9

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