Top of our pick of exhibitions this month has to be Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield. The LA-based artist’s first solo presentation outside of America is well overdue given the richness of her bold and vibrantly coloured, post-Surrealist acrylic paintings – and the level of excitement surrounding them. Created in response to “the experience of living in a body rather than looking at a body” (Quarles), they tap into the complex, often messy and unfixed nature of identity in opposition to Western society’s still predominantly heteronormative ideas. The show runs alongside the gallery’s other major autumn/winter exhibition of 2019, Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works, making a trip over to Wakefield obligatory.
Back in Manchester, we’re looking forward to an exhibition at the city’s first public contemporary visual art gallery, 35 years after it was established. No Particular Place to Go? at Castlefield Gallery will feature work by 15 sculptors ranging from art historical giants, such as Sir Anthony Caro (Castlefield’s ‘Artist Patron’ until he passed in 2013), through to locally-based early and mid-career artists, like Nicola Ellis and James Ackerley. The show takes its point of departure from a quote by the Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke in response to visiting the studio of Auguste Rodin: “His works could not wait; they had to be made. He long foresaw their homelessness” (1910).
Marking another important anniversary, British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent prepares to celebrate its 10th edition with its most ambitious programme of exhibitions, installations and events yet, featuring work by over 300 contemporary artists and spanning six unique locations. Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is also back, with a handpicked selection of over 160 designer-makers from across the UK, and Creative Tourist Cultural Calendar highlights Manchester Art Fair and The Manchester Contemporary return for three characteristically whirlwind days of modern and contemporary art from across the UK and Europe.
Here are our picks
35 years and still going strong. Castlefield – Manchester’s first public contemporary visual art gallery – looks back on its continuing legacy through the prism of sculpture.
British Ceramics Biennial prepares to celebrate its 10th-anniversary edition this autumn with a special, expanded programme of exhibitions, installations and events featuring over 300 contemporary artists.
Put down the Urban Outfitters earrings and step away from the Ikea lamp; the award-winning Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is back for its 12th edition, and we can’t wait to slip through its doors.
Curated with support from award-winning journalist Iona Craig, Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North offers a powerful look at one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Join the artist family who’ve created new work for Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank for a day of marching, making and drumming at Central Library.
Providing a rare insight into the history of child labour in Cumbria, this eye-opening exhibition at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry is not to be missed.
, 15 February–15 October 2019, free entry
Not only one of Britain’s most picturesque national parks, the Lake District is also brimming with culture. Here’s what not miss this summer.
Over the summer Dunham Massey will host two new works of art relating to the Peterloo Massacre. Two films that feature themes of rights, social change and responsibility will be shown on a regular basis thought July, August and September.
Cannon Hall’s historic pear collection and a new exhibition of work by renowned botanical artist Elisabeth Dowle makes for a perfect – and prescient – pairing.
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.
Exploring the relationship between art and mindfulness And Breathe… is an exhibition of artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection that explores the relationship between art, positive mental health and wellbeing.
Showcasing furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery, Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery highlights the superb quality and creativity inherent in design from the region and features pieces from 1930 to the present day.
Take a closer look at some of the Whitworth Art Gallery’s collection while gaining a better understanding of the context in which the pieces were created. The free tours run daily from 2 pm.
Take a tour around select artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. Lead by different guides every day, each tour is personal to their taste. Tours start at 2 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
Make tracks for Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum. A one-in-a-lifetime chance to see Stephenson’s Rocket return to the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway for the first time in over 180 years.
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.
The UK’s first immersive exhibition of the much-loved tales of Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Expect enchanting forests, miniature towns and watery worlds.
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.
Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool present one of the blockbuster exhibitions 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.