Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Polly Checkland Harding, Exhibitions Editor

Turning a page in our exhibitions calendar for the year, and you’ll see that February brings the opening of some hotly-anticipated shows. John Hyatt: Rock Art at HOME is an immersive exhibition-cum-club, featuring a giant disco ball horse, Public View features over 100 artists in celebration of the Bluecoat’s 300th anniversary, …in Dark Times at Castlefield Gallery offers an intriguing look at objects in the digital age, the ancient technique of steam bending is brought up to date at Manchester Craft & Design Centre in Modern Twist and Never Going Underground at the People’s History Museum marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexual acts.

February also sees the programme announcement of Manchester’s radical, feminist Wonder Women festival (2-12 March), a celebration of those who won the fight for votes for women nearly a century ago through evenings with acclaimed artists, a special preview of an exhibition showcasing two sisters who were suffragettes and revolutionaries of their time, a special launch at Manchester Art Gallery and more.

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