As borders tighten and nationalism continues to spike around the world, Castlefield Gallery presents a group exhibition designed to raise questions around the nature of home, belonging, sovereignty and place. But how do such international trends in thought and mood develop? Around the corner at HOME, artist John Walter’s characteristically shonky, maximalist installation CAPSID uses virology and specifically the study of HIV as a framework for a more in-depth investigation into how culture and ideas are transmitted.
Over in Salford, a major new presentation of more than 40 Pre-Raphaelite paintings at The Lowry provides a fascinating insight into its namesake’s perhaps surprising love for the movement and particular adoration of the work of its co-founder, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, whose ‘Portrait of Alexa Wilding’ (1866) hung above his bed until his death in 1976. And in Leeds, the Henry Moore Institute devotes its autumn exhibition to a retrospective of the pioneering African-American artist Senga Nengudi whose embrace of nylon stockings as a cheap, portable, highly-loaded material helped redefine the possibilities of sculpture and representations of race and gender.
From stockings to a pair of mechanical lungs powering a crystal glass musical flute, the second edition of the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture presents the work of leading artists Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Magali Reus, Phillip Lai and Cerith Wyn Evan, offering a tantalising snapshot of the state of the contemporary art form in the UK today.
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Castlefield Gallery’s latest exhibition, The Ground Beneath Your Feet, invites a more nuanced conversation around multiple geopolitical issues that currently dominate our headlines.
A virus walks into a bar… and does what? CAPSID, John Walter’s major solo exhibition at HOME Manchester, sets out to update the discussion around HIV, how viruses work and the cultural transmission of ideas.
The celebrated Hepworth Prize for Sculpture returns for its second edition featuring an exciting range of high-profile artists and offering a compelling look at the state of the age-old discipline today.
The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds presents a major exhibition dedicated to the work of African-American sculptor Senga Nengudi – the pioneering figure who first introduced contemporary art to nylon stockings.
The brainchild of Manchester’s resident critically-acclaimed author and prize-winning peace activist, Qaisra Shahraz; MACFEST is a new 10-day celebration of art, literature, music, film, food and heritage relating to the Muslim diaspora, which will open in venues across the city this November.
Curated by Newport-born artist Leo Fitzmaurice, ‘Between You and Me Everything Else’ at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool is an invitation to approach the age-old genre of portraiture through fresh, curious eyes.
This autumn, learn about the inspiring life of Miss Adelaide Watt – an independent and powerful Victorian woman who fought the forces of modernity to preserve Speke Hall and all its treasures for generations to come.
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After a three-year long £1.7 million expansion and redevelopment project, Sheffield’s leading international contemporary art space reopens this Autumn – and everyone’s very excited to see what the new Site Gallery holds in store.
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.
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.
The first major retrospective of work by the radical Manchester artist and feminist campaigner, Annie Swynnerton, opens in nearly 100 years at Manchester Art Gallery.
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.
Exchanges at The Whitworth sets art and artists together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention.
This latest exhibition uses the Whitworth’s extensive and significant wallpaper collection to focus on how Imperial attitudes to people are reflected in wallpaper.
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.
As the national museum of democracy, the People’s History Museum’s headline 2018 exhibition, Represent! Voices 100 Years On, will be guided and informed by the notion of representation itself.
Step into a digital waterful, human-sized scanner and more in a major new exhibition of digital art created by the Lumen Prize.
Salford Museum & Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall delve into their collections to present a two-part exhibition featuring significant prints, drawings and sculptures by former Royal Academicians as part of a nationwide programme marking the institution’s 250th birthday.
Even more spoken word nights are joining the old faithfuls, there’s a whole lot of poetry and prose including a rare chance to catch performers from as far afield as Paris and Texas, and showcases such as Chester Literature Festival, Chorlton Book Festival and Poetry Emergency will add to your wider reading pile.