Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Maja Lorkowska, Exhibitions Editor

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

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