Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

As the restrictions upon life brought about by Covid continue, many organisations are finding further innovative, non-screen-based ways to engage with audiences outside of the traditional gallery space. Among these, Proforma has actively embraced the challenge, hosting a day-long outdoor programme of new artist commissions along Chapel Street in Manchester and Salford. Titled LOITER, the mini festival is about reclaiming the harmless act from its often-negative connotations, asking what’s to be gained from a good linger, laze or loaf on a street corner?

Equally attentive to the world around us, Dark Days, Luminous Nights at The White Hotel offers audiences a highly immersive audio-visual meditation on the changing soul of Manchester and Salford through a journey along their ruined waterway, the River Irk. Navigating urban hinterlands and featuring a haunting music score from Manchester Collective, this is a unique experience not to be missed.

Over in Liverpool, where galleries are currently open (at the time of writing), Open Eye Gallery has curated an uplifting trio of exhibitions dedicated to the people of its city, including a set of photographs that have not been seen for over 40 years. Meanwhile, Bluecoat presents a series of paintings by locally-based artist Josie Jenkins which seek to highlight the constructed nature of how we view the world. And OUTPUT has gone postal, launching a new programme of exhibitions sent straight to people’s doors. Here’s to the end of a very strange 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.

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.

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.

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 31 March 2021, FREE

The Living Planet – Online at FACT, Liverpool

FACT’s year-long programme, The Living Planet, seems even more timely than first imagined – and has been created for people to interact with and enjoy remotely for free online.

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library
Exhibitions Until 27 July 2021, FREE

What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library

The Portico Library marks 250 years since British explorer James Cook first landed on the shores of what we now call Australia with an online exhibition that explores the history of violence and resistance that followed.

Exhibitions Until 1 May 2021, FREE

The Gardener Digs in Another Time – Online at the Whitworth

the Whitworth in Manchester invites you to step into the garden as subject with an online version of its 2016 exhibition, The Gardener Digs in Another Time.

Life drawing Manchester
Activity Until 25 April 2021, from £6

Life Drawing Manchester Online Classes

The popular Northern Quarter community, Life Drawing Manchester, have migrated to zoom, opening up their classes to models and artists from all over the world.

Swallows and Amazons For Ever! at Windermere Jetty Museum
Exhibitions Until 18 April 2021,

Swallows and Amazons For Ever! at Windermere Jetty Museum

Celebrate the spirit of adventure, learn more about the Cumbrian landscape and uncover the inspiration behind Arthur Ransome’s classic tale.

Omid Asadi: Autopsy of a Home at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Exhibitions Until 31 January 2021, FREE

Omid Asadi: Autopsy of a Home at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

For his exhibition at CFCCA, Omid Asadi explores the diasporic experiences and domestic spaces of migrants.

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