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 Tour – you’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.
Here are our picks
Sebastião Salgado’s exhibition Amazônia has arrived in Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum, with over 200 magnificent photographs of the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants, in areas most at risk from climate change.
A fresh look at landscape as a subject for artists, this exhibition is full of surprises and explores a multitude of concerns: from the human impact on the ecosystem to land-related rituals, and questions about freedom of access to natural spaces.
‘4’ firmly places ceramics in the realm of fine art, while remaining rooted in the skill of the artists so necessary to work with a material as complex and full of possibility as clay.
The former cotton mill of Quarry Bank is currently home to an ‘Gathering Downstream’, an exhibition exploring the site’s legacy of the industrial revolution alongside environmental change and disruption.
Come along to this exhibition from the British sculptor and disability rights activist, Tony Heaton OBE, whose oeuvre carries serious messages with playfulness as his chosen method of communicating them.
The experimental works, discussions and experiences in The Witches’ Institution (W.I.), create an alternative reality where a group of witches takes over a cultural institution, where the gallery becomes a space of possibility – a host to change and revolt.
Shrouded in mystery and promising to alter your ideas about all that may exist beyond our visible world, Millennium Gallery’s exhibition reveals the mystical realm of spirit art and the artist as a medium.
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The perfect place to find gifts, stationery, cards, children’s books and, most importantly, museum souvenirs if you want to take home a little reminder of your visit and the gallery’s wonderful collections.
Using a multitude of mediums to examine themes of memory and trauma as a result of forced migration, Mounira Al Solh’s exhibition amplifies the voices of people from the Middle East, displaced to Lebanon, Europe, the United States, and other parts of the world.
The exhibition showcases the work of one of the most important printmakers of 19th century Japan, Toyohara Kunichika, who used his mastery of the medium to depict thoroughly modern subjects at a time of great social and political change.
An exhibition inspired by the legacy of Jo Cox MP and which represents the culmination of a community-led project involving over 30 people who made the city their home.
Filled with striking reminders and symbols of the fight for justice, the Banner Exhibition at People’s History Museum will take you on a journey through the history of rights and equality via its dazzling collection.
Subverting the viewers’ expectations, decorative properties and practical uses of glass, the exhibition offers innovative perspectives of the seemingly commonplace material.
The exhibition gathers paintings by five artists who focus on places that are often architecturally overlooked yet close to our hearts – our homes, residential areas and the daily, urban surroundings that so many of us encounter and navigate every day.
This constituent-led exhbition is the first of its kind and offers an intimate snapshot of grief, life after baby loss and the importance that creativity can have in the process.
Experience YBA artist Damien Hirst’s towering and provocative outdoor sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Join Skyliner for the anti-tour of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The route interrogates current developments in the city as well as visiting the area’s most notable pieces of street art.
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.
#WELCOME? at the People’s History Museum explores the wider impact of media coverage and changing immigration controls.
Liverpool’s Zap Graffiti teaches all the basic skills and techniques you need to make a street-style creation you’ll be proud of.
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.
‘Interruptions: Sounds’ is an online collection of new audio works by seven artists, spanning spoken word, ambient sound and musical tracks.
The Pankhurst Centre’s new permanent exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the people behind the iconic Pankhurst name.
National Science and Media Museum’s new exhibition Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security explores the exciting world of codebreaking, ciphers and secret communications.
Live literature has plenty for readers and writers alike this spring, with emerging names and established authors taking to a mic near you, along with the opportunity to perform or put pen to paper yourself. There’s lots to listen to in real life and there are still opportunities to join in to events online. Read more here…