This month’s exhibitions guide features a variety of art as always, but you might notice an underlying motif of nature – both flora and fauna explored by artists in many different ways. As we get closer to Christmas, why not pause in the hustle and bustle of planning and shopping to take in some inspiration?
In Manchester and nearby you’ll find Brigitte Jurack’s Fieldnotes at HOME and On Shifting Ground by Joanna Whittle. Jurack dives into the subject of scarcity of resources and dying crafts in gorgeous three- and two dimensional works, while Whittle’s tiny gem-like paintings deal with themes of ritual, transience and mourning through the landscape.
Further afield in Yorkshire, you can visit IN-SIDE-OUT-SIDE-IN currently on display at Sheffield’s Site Gallery. This group exhibition looks at our digestive systems alongside formations of land and architecture.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is hosting Lakwena Maciver’s A green and pleasant land (HA-HA) in the Weston Gallery – colourfully exploring themes of land access, public space and protest. Not too far away, in The Hepworth Wakefield, is the major survey of work by photographer Hannah Starkey: In Real Life, where you can admire her large-scale compositions focusing on women in everyday surroundings.
Here are our picks
The artist’s paintings of tents and their heavy textile walls drenched in rain and foliage are a surprising choice of subject matter for exploring ritual and mourning, but this only makes them all the more enticing.
Starkey’s powerful compositions take centre stage in this thorough survey of the photographer’s oeuvre, from the moment of her graduation 20 years ago where she was first noticed, until now as she continues to produce images that focus on women.
Visit the show before you have a big lunch, as the eight artists explore digestive systems, illness and all things bodily, as well as their similarities to the larger landscape in sculptural, installation and video works.
Come along to experience the energy and nostalgia of The British Pop Archive – an exhibition that gathers records, artefacts and memorabilia of UK popular culture from tahe post-war period to the present day.
Admire Rachel Goodyear’s skilful drawings peppered with symbolism and mythological references at her ‘homecoming’ home this summer, on display at Salford Museum & Art Gallery.
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Filled with striking reminders and symbols of the fight for justice, the Banner Exhibition at People’s History Museum will take you on a journey through the history of rights and equality via its dazzling collection.
Experience YBA artist Damien Hirst’s towering and provocative outdoor sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Join Skyliner for the anti-tour of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The route interrogates current developments in the city as well as visiting the area’s most notable pieces of street art.
Manchester Art Gallery reopens with a thought-provoking new exhibition that delves into the history of the public institution and its role within the city.
Stop and spend an hour or two with this special creation, nestled within a stand of birch trees beside Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s Upper Lake.
The Pankhurst Centre’s new permanent exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of the people behind the iconic Pankhurst name.
Inspired by the museum collection of objects and documents related to mental health, ‘Recollections May Vary’ gathers the work of 12 artists, resulting in a powerful display of very personal responses.
Port Sunlight’s exhibition ‘Inspired by Lady Lever’ aims to reveal a little more about the lady herself, with the help of valuable artefacts, while celebrating 100 years of history at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, and the life of the woman it is named after.
Whether you have never put pencil to paper or have been honing your artistic skills for years, Bee Creative studio runs life drawing sessions for people of all abilities.