Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

Not an exhibition but a former home-turned-contemporary-art-centre earns its place at the top of our list of recommendations this month. The narrow soot-stained Georgian terrace in the village of Uppermill (Greater Manchester) near Saddleworth Moor, was the residence of the award-winning textile artist Joan Charnley for over 50 years, until her death in 2016 when she left the weavers’ cottage to two close neighbours with the wish that they should turn it into an ‘art house’. They have undoubtedly done her proud, the truly unique new gallery, which opened earlier this April, has been beautifully converted and an ambitious programme of socio-politically engaged exhibitions is already underway.

Witnessing art in a domestic setting can be very different to visiting a gallery; especially when it’s the home or studio of the maker themselves. Open Up Sheffield – the largest event of its kind outside of London – offers just such an experience. For two weekends in May, artists across the city and South Yorkshire region will be opening their doors to the public, providing demonstrations of their practice, practical workshops, or simply the chance to view, discuss, purchase or commission new works.

Over in Hull, the first major UK institutional presentation of work by Canadian-born artist Athena Papadopoulos marks an exciting start to Humber Street Gallery’s spring 2019 programme. Spanning sound installation, costume design, performance and sculpture (made from her characteristic mix of edible, cosmetic and medicinal materials), A Tittle-Tattle Tell-A-Tale Heart represents a highly immersive realisation of Papadopoulos’s recently published handwritten and drawn novel of the same title – and is not to be missed.

Survey at Bluecoat in Liverpool constitutes Jerwood Arts’ largest review of contemporary art practice in 12 years and is the only northwest based presentation of the touring exhibition. Known for its legacy of working with artists that demonstrate outstanding potential within the first five years of their career, this is the place to encounter new work by some of the most exciting, upcoming names of today.

Lastly, take a break from the galleries and make the most of spring. Head over to the Lake District for an afternoon ‘messing about in boats’ at the newly opened Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. Elegantly designed by the RIBA award-winning architectural practice, Carmody Groake, the building is a treat alone.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Weavers Factory, Uppermill

    The Weavers Factory, art gallery in Uppermill
    Courtesy of Tim Simpson and The Weavers Factory

    The Weavers Factory, Uppermill, 13 New Street, Uppermill, Greater Manchester, OL3 6AU - Visit now

    Has the Kettle’s Yard of the north arrived? The Weavers Factory is a brand new art space in Greater Manchester with an intriguing story behind it.

  • 2. Spring 2019 at Humber Street Gallery

    Humber Street Gallery, Hull, 2019 spring programme

    at Humber Street Gallery, Hull, 6 April–7 July 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Featuring free haircuts, sculptures made of edible matter, and a ‘Journey to the Centre of the Couch’, Humber Street Gallery’s spring 2019 programme has certainly piqued our interest.

  • 3. Survey at Bluecoat, Liverpool

    Survey at Bluecoat, Liverpool
    Courtesy of Bluecoat

    Survey at Bluecoat, City Centre, 13 April–23 June 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Survey at Bluecoat will offer a major study of new work by early career artists from across the UK. The exhibition is the largest review of contemporary art practice in Jerwood Visual Art’s 12 years of programming, spanning a breadth of disciplines including film, performance, and painting.

  • 4. Open Up Sheffield 2019

    Open Up Sheffield 2019

    Open Up Sheffield 2019 at Sheffield, City Centre, 4–12 May 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    One of the largest and most successful open studio events outside of London, Open Up Sheffield presents a rare opportunity to meet a diverse range of artists and makers from across the South Yorkshire region and to watch them at their work.

  • 5. Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories in Cumbria
    Osprey at Windermere Jetty, credit: Jan Chlebik

    Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, Rayrigg Road, Windermere,, Cumbria, LA231BN - Visit now

    Windermere Jetty Museum, on the banks of one of England’s largest and most picturesque lakes, is a new museum dedicated to the timeless pleasure of boating.

  • 6. MIF19: Tania Bruguera: School of Integration at Manchester Art Gallery

    MIF19 tania Bruguera School of Integration at Manchester Art Gallery Manchester International Festival
    Photo: from 100 hours of reading Hannah Arendt’s ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’ courtesy of Estudio Bruguera and the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism

    School of Integration at Manchester Art Gallery at Manchester Art Gallery, Chinatown, 5–20 July 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    As part of MIF 2019, acclaimed Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera will collaborate with local Manchester residents originally from other countries to challenge dominant societal expectations around cultural integration.

  • 7. MIF19: Atmospheric Memory at Science and Industry Museum

    MIF19 Atmospheric Memory at Science and Industry Museum Manchester International Festival 2019
    Photo: Miguel Legault/Antimodular

    Atmospheric Memory at Science and Industry Museum at Science and Industry Museum, Castlefield, 6–21 July 2019, from £1 - Book now

    Could the air that surrounds us be used to access the voices of the past? For MIF 2019, Mexican-Canadian electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer sets out to investigate a captivating theory posited by the great 19th century English polymath Charles Babbage

  • 8. MIF19: Ibrahim Mahama at the Whitworth

    Ibrahim Mahama Photo © White Cube George Darrell. Courtesy of Manchester International Festival
    © White Cube George Darrell

    Parliament of Ghosts at The Whitworth, Manchester, 5–21 July 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    Ibrahim Mahama presents an assemblage of lost objects that reflect upon the history of his home country’s long struggle for independence.

  • 9. Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest at People’s History Museum

    Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest at People's History Museum
    Peterloo Massacre 1819, commemorative glass © People's History Museum

    Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest at People’s History Museum, City Centre, 23 March 2019–23 February 2020, free entry - Visit now

    Marking the 200-year-anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, ‘Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest’ at People’s History Museum takes visitors on a journey through the past, present and future of protest in this country.

  • 10. UnDoing at Castlefield Gallery

    UnDoing at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester – Creative Tourist
    Sarah Westphal

    UnDoing at Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield, 22 March–26 May 2019, free entry - Visit now

    UnDoing at Castlefield Gallery explores our often conflicted relationship between past and present in architecture.

  • 11. Ruskin, Turner and The Storm Cloud at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

    Ruskin, Turner and The Storm Cloud at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Cumbria
    John Ruskin, View from my Window at Mornex, 1862 © Lakeland Arts

    Ruskin, Turner and The Storm Cloud at Abbot Hall, Cumbria, 12 July–5 October 2019, from £7 - Find Out More

    This summer, Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Cumbria marks the 200-year-anniversary of the great Victorian art critic and watercolourist, John Ruskin’s birth, with an exhibition dedicated to the turbulent skies above.

  • 12. Hannah Farrell: Afterlifes at Caustic Coastal

    AFTERLIFES | Hannah Farrell at Caustic Coastal
    Hannah Farrell

    AFTERLIFES | Hannah Farrell, 27 March–27 April 2019, free entry - Visit now

    A new solo exhibition by Hannah Farrell spanning all of Caustic Coastal’s exhibition spaces, Afterlifes is an exploration of ‘image’ in three parts. The show will also include a new public art commission on the gallery’s front facade.

  • 13. Refuge: The Art of Belonging at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

    Refuge: The Art of Belonging at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Cumbria
    Martin Bloch, Scorched Trees, 1943 © Martin Bloch Trust.

    Refuge: The Art of Belonging at Abbot Hall, Cumbria, 15 February–29 June 2019, from £7 - Visit now

    Refuge: The Art of Belonging at Abbot Hall in Cumbria serves as a vital reminder of the significance behind the common proverb: ‘Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it’.

  • 14. Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett at FACT

    Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett at FACT, Liverpool
    Left image (c) Marianna Simnett, Jerwood/FVU Awards. Right image (c) Ericka Beckman

    Ericka Beckman and Marianna Simnett at FACT, City Centre, 29 March–16 June 2019, free entry - Visit now

    A duo-exhibition of work by the eminent American filmmaker Ericka Beckman and rising London-based video artist Marianna Simnett marks a strong start to FACT’s year-long season focusing on identity, representation and gender.

  • 15. Barby Asante: Declaration of Independence at Baltic, Gateshead

    Barby Asante: Declaration of Independence at BALTIC, Newcastle
    The Queen and the Black Eyed Squint. Photo Edgar Arceneaux

    Barby Asante: Declaration of Independence at Baltic, 23 February–5 May 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Responding to the impact of the legacies of slavery and colonialism upon the present, ‘Declaration of Independence’ at Baltic in Gateshead will exist as a performative forum designed to help us rethink our understanding of monumental moments in world history.

  • 16. William Stott of Oldham: Great Painters are Rare Exhibition at Gallery Oldham

    'William Stott of Oldham: Great Painters are Rare' Exhibition at Gallery Oldham
    Tate

    'William Stott of Oldham: Great Painters are Rare' Exhibition at Gallery Oldham, Manchester, 26 January–11 May 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Exactly 120 years after his death, the work of the world-renowned William Stott of Oldham returns to his hometown as part of an exhibition dedicated to his legacy.

  • 17. Developing History at the Hardmans’ House

    Capturing Chambré Hardman – Developing History at the Hardmans' House, Liverpool
    National Trust

    Capturing Chambré Hardman at The Hardmans’ House, Liverpool, 13 March–26 October 2019, free entry - Visit now

    As one of Liverpool’s lesser known gems prepares to reopen its doors for 2019, we look forward to encountering a rare series of photographs only recently discovered by chance in the cluttered darkroom of the Hardmans’ former, perfectly-preserved home.

  • 18. The Cooper Gallery’s Space Odyssey 2019

    Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2018 exhibition at The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
    © Jingyi Zhang

    The Cooper Gallery’s Space Odyssey 2019 at The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, Barnsley, 26 January–27 April 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley presents an exhibition celebrating some of the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos taken by astrophotographers around the world.

  • 19. Kimsooja: To Breathe at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Kimsooja: To Breathe at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    To Breathe: Bottari, 2013, mixed media installation with The Weaving Factory, 2004–2013, the artist’s voice performance sound, 5.1 channel, 9:14, loop. Photo Jaeho Chong.

    Kimsooja: To Breathe at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 30 March–29 September 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Following on from Chiharu Shiota’s monumental web installation, South Korean artist Kimsooja prepares to fill Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s 18th century chapel with iridescent light. Prepare to step into a deeply meditative space, underpinned by eastern notions of the Void.

  • 20. Kannan Arunasalam: The Tent at The Tetley

    Kannan Arunasalam: The Tent at The Tetley
    Kannan Arunasalam, Union leader, Bala Tampoe addressing a strike, 2010. Courtesy the artist

    Kannan Arunasalam: The Tent at The Tetley, 16 February–2 June 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Kannan Arunasalam: The Tent at The Tetley explores the lasting impact of the civil war that raged in Sri Lanka for over 25 years, claiming the lives of an estimated 80,000-100,000 people and leading to the forced disappearance of more than 20,000 ethnic Tamils.

  • 21. Li Yuan Chia: Unique Photographs at the Whitworth

    Li Yuan Chia: His Late Photographs at Whitworth Art Gallery
    Image: Li Yuan Chia, Untitled, c1993. Courtesy the estate of Li Yuan Chia.

    Li Yuan Chia: Unique Photographs at The Whitworth, Manchester, 18 May–15 December 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    The Whitworth presents a quiet, yet arrestingly beautiful series of hand-coloured photographs taken by China’s first conceptual artist, Li Yuan Chia, nearing the end of his life.

  • 22. Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool

    Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool
    Sol Calero, Interiores 2017 Installation view, Dortmunder Kunstverein. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Simon Vogel

    Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool, Waterfront, 14 June–10 November 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    Tate Liverpool presents a new commission by Venezuelan-born, Berlin-based artist Sol Calero, whose brightly coloured, large-scale immersive installations offer a sharply satirical critique of the surreal set of stereotypes and clichés attached to different cultures.

  • 23. Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
    Poster designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1896 @CSG CIC Glasgow Museums

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh: making the Glasgow Style at Walker Art Gallery, City Centre, 15 March–26 August 2019, from £2 - Book now

    Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool prepares to present its blockbuster exhibition of 2019, dedicated to the life and work of the Glaswegian artist, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh – father of the UK’s part in the international Art Nouveau movement.

  • 24. Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour

    Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme 2019

    , 18 January 2019–3 May 2020, free entry

    Whether Liverpool Biennial 2018 passed you by or you diligently ticked-off every last one of its multiple offerings (if so; bravo), the Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour seems unlikely to disappoint.

  • 25. Chinternet Ugly at Centre for ChineseContemporary Art

    Chinternet Ugly at Chinese Centre for Contemporary Art
    Lu Yang, image courtesy of the artist

    Chinternet Ugly at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester, 8 February–12 May 2019, free entry - Visit now

    CFCCA presents ‘Chinternet Ugly’ – a group exhibition that offers a rare glimpse behind the biggest digital boundary in the world: the Great Firewall of China.

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