Exhibitions

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Polly Checkland Harding, Exhibitions Editor

We’ve been quite struck by some of the quotations associated with our current top exhibition picks. There’s the sound installation at the Whitworth that has had one visitor Tweeting ‘I thoroughly enjoyed my own demise’. There’s The Holden Gallery’s copy for Ruse: the artfulness of deceit, which got us thinking with the phrase ‘Ideas of reality are only a matter of belief.’ Then there’s HOME’s announcement of their next major exhibition, La Movida, a showcase of new commissions and international artworks that reflects on a period in Spain’s history characterised by this popular saying: “If you lived in the 80s and remember it, then you didn’t live it.”

These quotations aren’t simply striking in and of themselves: they also give an indication of the resonance – personal, philosophical and cultural – contained in our top picks. Which is why we chose them.

It should also be noted that we’re now rapidly counting down to 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.

Here are our top 6 picks

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