From seductively immersive environments to the enduring magic of maps, August does not disappoint with an abundance of exhibitions in Manchester and further afield. Take a look at our top picks.
If you’re craving canvases, visit High on Hope at Kendal’s Cross Lane Projects. The memorial exhibition for revered contemporary artist Gerard Hemsworth (1945-2021) gathers together some of the biggest names in contemporary painting and challenges the way we think about, and approach, the medium as a whole.
Temporary Atlas. Mapping the Self in the Art at MOSTYN in Llandudno updates the notion of maps and mapping and demonstrates their capacity to be used as a form of artistic expression. Sculptures, tapestries, diagrams and other artforms combine to reveal something about our mental landscapes.
Focusing on the idea of masquerading as a spiritual practice and tradition is Bubu Ogisi in her exhibition I am not myself at The Tetley. Filled with soft sculpture, unexpected surfaces and symbolism the display examines and enhances the experience of the body moving through space.
Picture This at the Lowry is this month’s offering for younger visitors. The show celebrates much-loved children’s books which have been brought to the stage, so expect colourful illustrations and a jam-packed programme of activities.
Immerse yourself in the magical, watery worlds of artists Yaloo and Sian Fan in FACT’s new exhibition My Garden, My Sanctuary. Both artists dive into their ancestry and closely examine the commodification of East-Asian symbols through work with undeniable aesthetic appeal.
Textile artist James Fox is gently protesting with the help of craft in his exhibition Something in Common at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House. Focusing on the issues of public land rights and access, the display is also a nod to the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Taking inspiration from the flow of water, particularly the local River Bollin, Jen Southern has created five videos for the installation Gathering Downstream which is still on display at National Trust’s Quarry Bank. The piece explores environmental change and disruption as well as the legacy of the industrial revolution in and around the site.
Here are our picks
Gerard Hemsworth’s (1945-2021) pieces feature alongside eight other painters who have been taught by him on the Goldsmiths Master’s programme between the late 80s and early 90s, and whose work conceptually still aligns with that of their mentor.
17 artists come together in the role of cartographers to utilise the potential of alternative map-making in visualising musings on identity, spirituality, emotions and the body.
Using her expertise as a textile artist and creative director, as well as mix of organic and recycled materials, Bubu Ogisi concentrates on the spirituality of masquerading. Look up before entering the gallery to see the artist’s flags too.
James Fox draws on the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement in his approach to nature, its beauty and the need for its protection while using traditional textile techniques to craft his artworks.
The Bluecoat’s new offering for younger visitors is the perfect way to spend a family day out, from touchable installations and relaxation spaces to a reading room – your little ones might not want to leave!
Admire Rachel Goodyear’s skilful drawings peppered with symbolism and mythological references at her ‘homecoming’ home this summer, on display at Salford Museum & Art Gallery.
Are you thinking about starting an art collection? Perhaps you want to add something new to an existing one? Whether or not you’re looking to purchase a new piece of art, check out Castlefield Gallery’s new display PIVOT: Editions, offering the work of five artists from the North-West.
The Tudors are sure to draw a crowd just as they have done for centuries – don’t miss this excellent display of portraiture, artefacts and lesser-known aspects of the Tudor reign.
Barbara Nicholls' watercolours and 'Dovetailing' at Windermere Jetty Museum at Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, Cumbria, Until 4 September 2022, from £4.50 - Book now
Admire the lake as well as the art at Windermere Jetty Museum this summer, with two gorgeous exhibitions: watercolours from artist Barbara Nicholls; and an immersive, collaborative installation developed remotely during lockdown.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The Pankhurst Centre’s new permanent exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the people behind the iconic Pankhurst name.
Leeds-based artist Jill McKnight presents a new body of work: Desire Lines, exploring the physical and metaphorical paths Leeds residents have taken across generations.
Emii Alrai will present a new commission at The Hepworth Wakefield that imitates archaeological artefacts and intertwines Iraqi oral histories and mythologies from the Middle East.