Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

With the second national lockdown in force, galleries are closed once again. Hopefully we’ll be allowed back out of our houses in early December (though who really knows what Borris will decide). For now, though, there’s plenty on the horizon to look forward to. Here’s this month’s top pick of exhibitions to see next month and beyond.

Among our latest highlights is Turner Bursary artist Sean Edwards’ Undo Things Done, which started out life in the Santa Maria Ausiliatrice at Venice Biennale in 2019 and is now to go on show at Bluecoat in Liverpool. The exhibition offers a poetic enquiry into place, politics and class, using the artist’s experience of growing up on a council estate in Cardiff in the 1980s as its starting point.

Fun & Games might not be quite what the last year has been, but The Portico Library’s upcoming exhibition (also available to view online) sounds well worth a visit. The display looks back on the evolution of games, play and recreation throughout the ages and features new work by contemporary artists in response.

Continuing the historic turn, Lady Lever Art Gallery in sunny Port Sunlight looks back on the turbulent years of the German Revolution and the art that came out of it, while The Hepworth in Wakefield celebrates its 10th birthday with an exhibition about the 100-year-old contemporary art collection it grew out of.

For now, though, it would be remiss to not mention how more-than-a-little excited we are for the launch of Grayson’s Art Club at Manchester Art Gallery. Based on the popular Channel 4 series that helped countless viewers through the boredom, loneliness and confinement of the first lockdown, this promises to be a fitting – and also uplifting – show to end a very rocky year.

Here are our picks

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Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives – exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions Until 14 December 2021, FREE

Trading Station: how hot drinks shape our lives at Manchester Art Gallery

Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.

2020 Banner Display at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

2020 Banner Display at People’s History Museum

Visit People’s History Museum’s 2020 display of political banners from across the years – including several that will go on public show for the first time.

Utopias exhibition at the Whitworth
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2021, FREE

Utopias at the Whitworth

How have visions of utopia and the visual culture that helped form it impacted upon the Brexit debate? A new exhibition at the Whitworth explores.

New Digital Experiences at People's History Museum, Manchester
Exhibitions Until 23 December 2020, FREE

New Digital Experiences at People’s History Museum

Can cutting-edge tech bring us closer to the events of the past? People’s History Museum unveils a series of new digital artworks and experiences.

Half term fun - Young girl sat next to the tiger as part of the The Tiger who came to tea and the adventures of mog the forgetful cat exhibition
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, from £8.00

POSTPONED -The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Adventures of Mog the Forgetful Cat at Z-arts

In this immersive exhibition, children can let their imaginations go wild as they take centre stage alongside some of their favourite characters from beloved children’s author, Judith Kerr.

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME
Activity Until 31 December 2020,

Wait I’m From Wuhan with HOME

Follow Jasmine’s story, as she struggles to decide whether or not to search for her birth family in Wuhan, told via a series of Instagram and blog posts.

Joana Vasconcelos exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions Until 3 January 2021, FREE

Joana Vasconcelos at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents the monumental work of celebrated Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos.

Anthony Burgess on Tape
Exhibitions Until 31 December 2020, FREE

Anthony Burgess on Tape

Anthony Burgess on Tape is an online exhibition from the International Anthony Burgess Foundation comprising of 1,094 cassettes and 87 reel-to-reel tapes from one of Manchester’s greatest and most prolific writers.

Posters from the civil rights era – an online exhibition
Exhibitions Until 30 June 2021, FREE

Posters from the Irish civil rights era – Online with the Working Class Movement Library

Working Class Movement Library presents an online exhibition of powerful posters made by young activists fighting for civil rights in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

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