Jan Chlebik

Cheetham Hill, Manchester

Creative Tourist

As an area, Cheetham Hill gets a pretty bad rep. The foreboding architecture of Strangeways Prison and the arterial width of Cheetham Hill Road mean that many never go – or never stop while driving through. Those who know about the Grade II*-listed beauty of Manchester Jewish Museum (the city’s oldest synagogue, now home to a varied programme of events) are often guilty of thinking of it as marooned. This, we’ve discovered, is unfair.

The area has everything from bakeries selling freshly-made bagels and challah bread to one of Manchester’s few green spots in the form of Queen’s Park, complete with dilapidated bandstand. There’s the Irish World Heritage Centre, The Museum of Transport, a multitude of shops selling skeins of fabric or an array of hard to find spices and vegetables, such as Indian chowli and Jamacain plantains. No place in Manchester better represents the overlaying of different cultures and communities – only fifteen minutes on foot from the Northern Quarter, it’s an area that rewards exploring.

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Niina Lehtonen Braun: The Girl and the Nettle
Exhibitions 16 February–6 April 2019, FREE

Niina Lehtonen Braun: The Girl and the Nettle at PAPER Gallery

For her solo exhibition at PAPER, Niina Lehtonen Braun will present her new series collaged paintings, The Girl and the Nettle.

Daksha Patel: Body (Re)Touched
Exhibitions 16 February–6 April 2019, FREE

Daksha Patel: Body (Re)Touched at PAPER Gallery

For her second solo show at PAPER, Manchester based artist Daksha Patel presents a new series of laser prints that blur the boundaries between the scientific image and artistic imagination, between the measurable and the immeasurable, the known and unknown.

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