Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

As borders tighten and nationalism continues to spike around the world, Castlefield Gallery presents a group exhibition designed to raise questions around the nature of home, belonging, sovereignty and place. But how do such international trends in thought and mood develop? Around the corner at HOME, artist John Walter’s characteristically shonky, maximalist installation CAPSID uses virology and specifically the study of HIV as a framework for a more in-depth investigation into how culture and ideas are transmitted.

Over in Salford, a major new presentation of more than 40 Pre-Raphaelite paintings at The Lowry provides a fascinating insight into its namesake’s perhaps surprising love for the movement and particular adoration of the work of its co-founder, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, whose ‘Portrait of Alexa Wilding’ (1866) hung above his bed until his death in 1976. And in Leeds, the Henry Moore Institute devotes its autumn exhibition to a retrospective of the pioneering African-American artist Senga Nengudi whose embrace of nylon stockings as a cheap, portable, highly-loaded material helped redefine the possibilities of sculpture and representations of race and gender.

From stockings to a pair of mechanical lungs powering a crystal glass musical flute, the second edition of the Hepworth Prize for Sculpture presents the work of leading artists Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Magali Reus, Phillip Lai and Cerith Wyn Evan, offering a tantalising snapshot of the state of the contemporary art form in the UK today.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Ground Beneath Your Feet at Castlefield Gallery

    Roee Rosen, The Dust Channel (film still), 2016. The Ground Beneath Your Feet at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
    Roee Rosen, The Dust Channel (film still), 2016

    The Ground Beneath Your Feet at Castlefield Gallery, Castlefield, 16 November 2018–3 February 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Castlefield Gallery’s latest exhibition, The Ground Beneath Your Feet, invites a more nuanced conversation around multiple geopolitical issues that currently dominate our headlines.

  • 2. John Walter: CAPSID at HOME

    A Virus Walks Into a Bar, John Walter: CAPSID at HOME, Manchester
    A Virus Walks Into a Bar, HD Video (still), 2018. John Walter

    John Walter: CAPSID at HOME Manchester, Manchester, 10 November 2018–6 January 2019, free entry - Visit now

    A virus walks into a bar… and does what? CAPSID, John Walter’s major solo exhibition at HOME Manchester, sets out to update the discussion around HIV, how viruses work and the cultural transmission of ideas.

  • 3. The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture 2018 at The Hepworth Wakefield

    Visitors view work by Michael Dean in The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. 26 October 2018 - 20 January 2019. Photo, David Lindsay
    Visitors view work by Michael Dean in The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture. 26 October 2018 - 20 January 2019. Photo, David Lindsay

    The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture at The Hepworth Wakefield, 26 October 2018–20 January 2019, free entry - Visit now

    The celebrated Hepworth Prize for Sculpture returns for its second edition featuring an exciting range of high-profile artists and offering a compelling look at the state of the age-old discipline today.

  • 4. Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites at The Lowry

    Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites at The Lowry
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti The Bower Meadow 1850-72 © Manchester Art Gallery/Bridgeman Images

    Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites at The Lowry, Manchester, 10 November 2018–24 February 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Lowry & The Pre-Raphaelites at The Lowry in Salford provides an unexpected insight into the artistic imagination of one of the UK’s most popular artists.

  • 5. Senga Nengudi at the Henry Moore Institute

    Senga Nengudi – The Henry Moore Institute
    Courtesy the artist; Lévy Gorvy, New York, London; and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York

    Senga Nengudi at The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, Leeds, 21 September 2018–17 February 2019, free entry - Visit now

    The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds presents a major exhibition dedicated to the work of African-American sculptor Senga Nengudi – the pioneering figure who first introduced contemporary art to nylon stockings.

  • 6. MACFEST 2018 – across Manchester

    MACFEST
    Leila Aboulela, the Sudanese writer, at the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015. Edinburgh, Scotland. Image courtesy of MACFEST

    MACFEST 2018 at British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester, 17–25 November 2018, free entry - Visit now

    The brainchild of Manchester’s resident critically-acclaimed author and prize-winning peace activist, Qaisra Shahraz; MACFEST is a new 10-day celebration of art, literature, music, film, food and heritage relating to the Muslim diaspora, which will open in venues across the city this November.

  • 7. LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY at Site Gallery

    LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY at Site Gallery
    Photo by Waad AlBawardi, The Hidden Life of Crystals, 2018

    LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY at Site Gallery, City Centre, 29 September 2018–27 January 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Site Gallery in Sheffield reopens with LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY – a glittering new exhibition that responds to the ‘crystal era’ we now live in.

  • 8. Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else at Walker Art Gallery

    Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else
    Supplicant 101 2008 Milena Dragicevic. c. the artist courtesy Galerie Martin Janda Vienna

    Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else at Walker Art Gallery, City Centre, 29 September 2018–17 March 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Curated by Newport-born artist Leo Fitzmaurice, ‘Between You and Me Everything Else’ at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool is an invitation to approach the age-old genre of portraiture through fresh, curious eyes.

  • 9. Stability and Survival at Speke Hall

    National Trust

    Stability and Survival at Speke Hall, Liverpool, 26 September 2018–29 March 2019, free entry - Visit now

    This autumn, learn about the inspiring life of Miss Adelaide Watt – an independent and powerful Victorian woman who fought the forces of modernity to preserve Speke Hall and all its treasures for generations to come.

  • 10. Site Gallery

    Site Gallery, Sheffield

    Site Gallery, 1 Brown Street, Sheffield, Yorkshire, S1 2BS - Visit now

    After a three-year long £1.7 million expansion and redevelopment project, Sheffield’s leading international contemporary art space reopens this Autumn – and everyone’s very excited to see what the new Site Gallery holds in store.

  • 11. Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall

    Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall
    Photo by Chris Egon Searle

    Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall, Liverpool, 8 September 2018–28 July 2019, free entry - Visit now

    The Bell Tree by award winning contemporary artist Serena Korda responds to England’s alternative history of fairy-tale folklore, the ancient forest at Speke Hall and the legacy of hidden rebellion that surrounds the historic Tudor home.

  • 12. William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitworth

    William Kentridge: Thick Time at the Whitworth
    William Kentridge, in collaboration with Philip Miller, Catherine Meyburgh and Peter Gibson. The Refusal of Time, 2012. Film Still. 5-channel video projection, colour, sound, megaphones, breathing machines. 30 minutes. Courtesy William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery and Lia Rumma Gallery

    William Kentridge: Thick Time at The Whitworth, Manchester, 21 September 2018–3 March 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Thick Time by South African artist William Kentridge at the Whitworth should prove to be both fascinating and mind-boggling in equal measure.

  • 13. LS Lowry: The Art and the Artist – An introduction to LS Lowry’s life and work at Salford Museum & Art Gallery

    LS Lowry: The Art and the Artist – An introduction to LS Lowry’s life and work at Salford Museum and Art Gallery
    SMAG

    LS Lowry: The Art and the Artist at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, 16 January 2019, from £10 - Book now

    Head to Salford Art Gallery and Museum to find out more about the fascinating life of the somewhat-reclusive, Stretford-born artist and rent collector LS Lowry.

  • 14. The Hardmans’ House

    The Hardmans' House, Liverpool

    The Hardmans’ House, 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9EX - Visit now

    We revisit one of Liverpool’s best kept secrets.

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