Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

Warning: The following question should not be answered out-loud (as fans of Peter Pan will know well). Do you believe in fairies? Either way, we urge readers to approach Serena Korda’s latest outdoor commission, The Bell Tree, with great care and under no circumstance stray from the forest paths. The sculptural sound installation sited in Speke Hall’s ancient woodland explores the contemporary artist’s longstanding interest in alternative histories – and herstories – of folklore and witchcraft, and the legacy of hidden rebellion that surrounds the historic Tudor home.

Korda’s trademark slipcasting technique, which many may have encountered at her recent show Daughters of Necessity at The Hepworth Wakefield, brings us to SUBI 수비 – a fascinating new exhibition about to open at Castlefield Gallery featuring artists whose unconventional approach to ceramics prompts us to consider the radical potential of this over 8,000-year-old craft. Meanwhile, Thick Time at the Whitworth brings the work of renowned South African artist William Kentridge to Manchester, addressing subjects as wide ranging as early cinema, China’s Cultural Revolution, opera, scientific theories of space, and the generative qualities of nature and creativity.

Finally, with autumn rapidly approaching, we look forward to two of the season’s main highlights (crunchy leaves and gloriously thick black tights aside, of course): The Manchester Contemporary and the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall

    Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall
    Photo by Chris Egon Searle

    Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall, Liverpool, 8 September 2018–28 July 2019, free entry - Visit now

    The Bell Tree by award winning contemporary artist Serena Korda responds to England’s alternative history of fairy-tale folklore, the ancient forest at Speke Hall and the legacy of hidden rebellion that surrounds the historic Tudor home.

  • 2. SUBI 수비 at Castlefield Gallery

    URWOTUEAT, 2017 – John Powell Jones. Part of SUBI 수비 at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
    URWOTUEAT (2017) by John Powell Jones. Image courtesy of Castlefield Gallery

    Subi 수비 at Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield, 14 September–4 November 2018, free entry - Visit now

    SUBI 수비 at Castlefield Gallery explores the long process of cultural and generational exchange that underpins the art of pottery and ceramics – one of the world’s oldest crafts – as an integral part of the way that humans create and communicate the world in which we live.

  • 3. William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitworth

    William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitworth
    William Kentridge, in collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Gibson. The Refusal of Time, 2012. Film Still. 5-channel video projection, colour, sound, megaphones, breathing machines. 30 minutes. Courtesy William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery and Lia Rumma Gallery

    William Kentridge: Thick Time at The Whitworth, Manchester, 21 September 2018–3 March 2019, free entry - Find Out More

    Thick Time by South African artist William Kentridge at the Whitworth should prove to be both fascinating and mind-boggling in equal measure.

  • 4. Manchester Art Fair 2018 at Manchester Central

    Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair 2018
    Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair

    Aviva Investors Manchester Art Fair 2018 at Manchester Central Convention Centre, City Centre, 12–14 October 2018, from £5 - Book now

    Introducing: Manchester Art Fair 2018. The North’s largest art fair returns this October with its largest offering yet and under a proud new title.

  • 5. Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2018 at Upper Campfield Market

    Manchester's Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
    Great Northern Events NW Ltd

    Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at Upper Campfield Market Hall, Castlefield, 11–14 October 2018, from £5.50 - Book now

    For anyone with even a passing interest in the beauty of the handmade or artful design, the annual award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (GNCCF) in Manchester is the place to head this October.

  • 6. Beautiful world, where are you? around Liverpool

    Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Image courtesy of Liverpool Biennial. Beautiful world, where are you? at Exchange Flags
    Courtesy of Liverpool Biennial

    Beautiful world, where are you? at Exchange Flags, 14 July–28 October 2018, free entry - Visit now

    Before the summer draws to a close, make sure you get out and explore Liverpool Biennial’s ever-popular programme of outdoor public art commissions and works presented in unusual spaces throughout the city.

  • 7. LS Lowry: The Art and the Artist – An introduction to LS Lowry’s life and work at Salford Museum & Art Gallery

    LS Lowry: The Art and the Artist – An introduction to LS Lowry’s life and work at Salford Museum and Art Gallery
    SMAG

    LS Lowry: The Art and the Artist at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, 16 January 2019, from £10 - Book now

    Head to Salford Art Gallery and Museum to find out more about the fascinating life of the somewhat-reclusive, Stretford-born artist and rent collector LS Lowry.

  • 8. The Hardmans’ House

    The Hardmans' House, Liverpool

    The Hardmans’ House, 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9EX - Visit now

    We revisit one of Liverpool’s best kept secrets.

  • 9. Beautiful world, where are you? at Tate Liverpool

    Brian Jungen, Warrior 3, 2018. Beautiful world, where are you? at Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial 2018

    Beautiful world, where are you? at Tate Liverpool, Waterfront, 14 July–28 October 2018, free entry - Visit now

    Part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, Beautiful world, where are you? at Tate Liverpool presents work by a group of artists predominantly originating from America, Australia and Canada, dealing with issues of indigenous identity and the often-violent legacies of colonialism.

  • 10. Salford Royal Academy Takeover

    Poppy, Esme, Oleanna, Gracie and Kate, 2014. Personal Feeling is the main thing - Chantal Joffe at The Lowry, Salford

    Salford Royal Academy Takeover at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, 19 May 2018–24 February 2019, free entry - Visit now

    To mark its 250th birthday, the Royal Academy of Arts in London has launched a nationwide programme of exhibitions, displays, tours, talks and one-off events. Here we take a look at what’s going on in Salford – home of RA LS Lowry and now a growing independent art scene.

  • 11. Lest We Forget? at Imperial War Museum North

    War Horse at the New London Theatre. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg. Courtesy of IWM North. Lest We Forget
    War Horse at the New London Theatre. Photo by Brinkhoff Mögenburg. Courtesy of IWM North

    Lest We Forget? at Imperial War Museum North (IWM North), Manchester, 27 July 2018–24 February 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Lest We Forget marks the first instalment of a major new season of exhibitions, music, dance, talks and events at IWM London and IWM North exploring how the First World War has shaped society today.

  • 12. Heads Roll: An Exhibition Curated by Paul Morrison at Graves Gallery

    Julian Opie, Julian. 2013. Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London. Heads Roll at Graves Gallery, Sheffield. Curated by Paul Morrison
    Julian Opie, Julian. 2013. Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London

    Heads Roll: An Exhibition Curated by Paul Morrison at Graves Gallery, City Centre, 11 August–24 November 2018, free entry - Visit now

    Featuring work by over 60 internationally renowned artists spanning 400 years, Heads Roll at Graves Gallery in Sheffield sets out on a remarkable journey to unpick one of the world’s most popular and enduring artistic genres: the portrait.

  • 13. Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

    Elisabeth Frink - Walking Madonna- © Frink Estate and Archive executors. Courtesy of The Ingram Collection, Image © JP Bland 2016. Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Fragility and Power, Kendal, Cumbria
    Elisabeth Frink, Walking Madonna © Frink Estate and Archive executors. Courtesy of The Ingram Collection, Image © JP Bland 2016

    Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power at Abbot Hall, Cumbria, 22 June–29 September 2018, free entry - Visit now

    Featuring a number of pieces which have never been seen before in public, ‘Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power’ at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal delves into the life and work of one of the most widely-loved, exciting and individual sculptors of the 20th century.

  • 14. Liverpool Biennial 2018 – Beautiful world, where are you?

    Paul Elliman, QUERTY_PE, 2012. Courtesy of the artist

    Liverpool Biennial 2018, 14 July–28 October 2018, free entry - Visit now

    If there’s one thing you do this summer, we strongly recommend you hop on a train and make your way over to the 10th edition of the ever-popular Liverpool Biennial – Beautiful world, where are you? – a city-wide festival of new and exciting contemporary art from around the world.

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Annual Banner Changeover 2018, courtesy of the People's History Museum
Education 20 January 2018–6 January 2019, FREE

Annual Banner Changeover 2018 at the People’s History Museum

Explore the story of democracy through a special display of banners that were integral to the women’s suffrage movement, as well as other campaigns for representation at the People’s History Museum.

China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors. World Museum, Liverpool
Exhibitions 9 February–28 October 2018, from £5.50

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Bodies of Colour: Breaking with Stereotypes in the Wallpaper Collection at The Whitworth Art Gallery
Exhibitions 4 May 2018–19 May 2019, FREE

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© Egon Schiele, Standing male figure (self-portrait) 1914. Photograph © National Gallery in Prague 2017. Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions 24 May–23 September 2018, from £12.50

Life in Motion: Egon Schiele/Francesca Woodman at Tate Liverpool

Life in Motion at Tate Liverpool highlights the expressive nature of the human body, seen through the eyes of two influential and innovative artists: Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman.

Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 25 May 2018–22 April 2019, FREE

Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition at Manchester Art Gallery

What do public museums collect and why? Which works become highlights, and which lie forgotten in storage? Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition at Manchester Art Gallery considers how public museums reflect and shape our collective imagination.

PRINT UnLtd. at Salford University and Art Gallery
Exhibitions 26 May–14 October 2018, FREE

PRINT UnLtd. at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

A pop-up exhibition of works celebrating, challenging and questioning printmaking, catch PRINT UnLtd. at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

Families 26 May–30 September 2018, from £13.18

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