Because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, our usual recommendations for exhibitions to go and see in Manchester and the North are a little different. Our thoughts at this time are with our readers and with the organisations and businesses that make the North of England a great place to live and visit.
We are so grateful to National Lottery players, The National Lottery, DCMS and Arts Council England for supporting our freelance writers during this crisis. This means that, although venues remain shut and campaigns cancelled, our writers can be reengaged to help arts organisations and artists across the North of England share their online content with our culture-hungry readers.
Be sure to check out our full guide to the best online events from organisations in Manchester and the North too.
Stay well folks.
Here are our picks
OUPUT presents a solo exhibition of work by Gold Maria Akanbi – an artist whose practice is shaped by her interest in Afro-futurism and her perception of reality as a neurodiverse person, among other things.
Cross Lane Projects in Kendal presents a quietly deep meditation on the politics and social-environmental fabric of the Lake District National Park.
Cannon Hall presents highlights from a prestigious international photography competition that celebrates the beauty and value of the humble garden.
Paloma Varga Weisz: Bumped Body continues the Henry Moore Institute’s programme of exhibitions dedicated to contemporary sculptors yet to receive full exposure in the UK.
Journeys Festival International, online, 28 September–18 October 2020, free entry - Find Out More
This year’s Journeys Festival International takes place online, exploring the experiences of refugees from around the world through art, comedy, film, music, food, sci-fi adventure and politically charged conversation.
People’s History Museum presents a powerful selection of images taken by photographer Jake Hardy documenting one of the peaceful Black Lives Matter protests that took place in central Manchester during May 2020.
For her first solo exhibition, Welsh artist Phoebe Davies presents a new body of work inspired by her time spent with a group of teenage female wrestlers training in a local club on the outskirts of Oslo.
At a time when so much of life and culture seems to have migrated online, Cooper Gallery in Barnsley presents Allegories of the Senses – an exhibition centred upon the more tangible qualities of lived experience.
FACT reopens its galleries to the public with ‘And Say the Animal Responded?’ – a new exhibition that offers a fascinating window into the lives of the other animals that form part of Earth’s total population.
Posters from the civil rights era – an online exhibition, online, Until 30 June 2021, free entry - Visit now
The Working Class Movement Library in Salford presents an online exhibition of powerful posters made by young activists fighting for civil rights in Northern Ireland during the Troubles.
What it is to be here: Colonisation and Resistance – Online at The Portico Library, online, Until 27 July 2021, free entry - Visit now
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.
Take a tour around select artworks from Manchester Art Gallery’s collection. Lead by different guides every day, each tour is personal to their taste. Tours start at 2 pm from Thursday to Sunday.
This blockbuster exhibition was due to close at the end of March, but has been extended until 29 November as part of the Science and Industry Museum’s reopening programme.
Trading Station at Manchester Art Gallery charts the history and changing social role of hot drinks in our lives.
Richard Bartle: Nomadic Tales at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield explores the modern-day city of Istanbul, viewed through a series of 14th-century miniature illustrations.
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.
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.
Combining demon lures and invented artefacts, ancient mythology and family lore, The High Dam at The Tetley in Leeds is the latest new work by upcoming artist Emii Alrai.
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.