Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Polly Checkland Harding, Exhibitions Editor

The big announcement for this month’s Exhibitions guide update is the newly announced programme for Manchester After Hours 2017, Manchester’s version of the national Museums at Night festival of lates, programmed by Creative Tourist. A number of superb art-related events will be unfolding for one evening only on 18 May, including a mash-up between cult online radio station NTS Radio and one of the city’s most garlanded galleries, stunning projections onto a huge surveillance aircraft at the Museum of Science and Industry and a multi-media exhibition inspired by the multi award-winning composer behind some of Disney’s greatest hits.

Except that there are, in fact, two big announcements to make: the full programme for the exceptional-sounding Liverpool Presents Sgt Pepper at 50, a series of 13 specially-commissioned events in Liverpool commemorating the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, has been unveiled. Exhibitions-wise, this includes a spectacular mural at Liverpool’s Stanley Dock by iconic American artist Judy Chicago – but you can discover the full programme here.

Here are our picks

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