Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor

May is the month of light jackets, umbrellas and enjoying the sun while being prepared for rain – then again, aren’t most months in the North like this? Anyway, whatever the weather, we’ve got tonnes of new art for you to enjoy.

The stunning Sebastião Salgado: Amazônia is now open at the Science and Industry Museum! Grab a ticket because you do not want to miss this immersive display of monochrome images accompanied by a specially commissioned soundtrack from Jean Michel Jarre – it’s definitely a season highlight. Once you’ve visited Amazônia and fancy even more natural inspiration, visit Radical Landscapes at Tate Liverpool. It’s a fresh take on landscape art with a focus on the rebellious and the political.

Don’t miss SICK Festival’s art offerings with Allie Crewe’s I Am photography display dotted around Metrolink stops and St Peter’s Square, and Jimmy Cauty’s MDZ Estate Touryou’ll find it at The Green, a space in North Manchester’s Moston, Harpurhey and Charleston for audiences to enjoy.

Shelia Hicks Off Grid is an exhibition from the master of textile art at the Hepworth Wakefield and a wonderful reason to take a trip to Yorkshire. The artist’s soft, large scale sculptures are truly one of a kind and will delight the whole family with their plethora or colour and texture. If you’re craving more masterful crafts and all things handmade, head to Cross Lane Projects in Cumbria to see the mysteriously titled exhibition 4. It showcases the work of four ceramic artists, all of whom work in entirely different ways with fascinating results.

National Trust’s Quarry Bank is currently home to Gathering Downstream, an exhibition of five videos by artist Jen Southern, exploring environmental change and disruption as well as the legacy of the industrial revolution. The setting brings the work to life and you might find it tricky to take your eyes off of Southern’s hypnotic video work.

altered at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre is a major solo show from the renowned British sculptor and disability rights activist, Tony Heaton OBE. The show will feature some of Heaton’s most famous pieces, as well as his earlier work as he made his first forays into the realms of Disability Arts.

Building on the increasingly popular topics of witchcraft and communities with magical powers is Emily Hesse’s The Witches’ Institution (W.I.) at The Tetley. An exercise in world building, the show is the artist’s vision of a cultural organisation run by a group of witches.

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