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Mammal Hands play Royal Northern College of Music this November

November

Creative Tourist

It might be getting pretty cold out, but resist the urge to stay inside within touching distance of the radiator. Get out there and enjoy these amazing cultural things to do in November.

Manchester International Festival have announced their first commissions for MIF19, but before then, get in the mood for Skepta and co with Special Edition, an impressively programmed collaboration with The Warehouse Project which looks the polar opposite of their most recent takeover of Mayfield Depot in October.

Meanwhile, Manchester Jewish Museum closes to make way for their £5 million extension and renovation, they sign off in style with The Festival of Leaving, a new, diverse and thought-provoking programme of live performance, music and installations. Another newcomer arrives in the shape of MACFEST, a 10-day celebration of art, literature, music, film, food and heritage relating to the Muslim diaspora, which will open in venues across the city.

The music scene in the North is looking as vibrant and varied as ever with even more brilliant classical concerts alongside a booming choice of gigs. We are especially excited about the 41st Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Kamaal Williams’ show at Gorilla. Really, there’s too many great gigs to round up here, head over to the music section for all our top picks.

Finally, the Christmas warm up has begun, with The Producers at Royal Exchange and Liverpool Everyman’s Rock N’ Roll Panto both landing at the end of the month. If the thoughts of the festive season is already inducing a little panic, we’ve rounded up the best Christmas theatre and concerts as well as some Christmas shopping ideas too.

The November Longlist

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Exhibitions 1–2 November 2019, FREE

Light Up Lancaster 2019

Festival of light and art Light Up Lancaster returns to the city with installations, projections, performance and fireworks illuminating the city’s historic buildings, charming streets and hidden squares.

Cinema 1 November 2019, 7:30 pm–12:00 am, FREE

Blade Runner: The Final Cut + Vangelis Disco at The Talleyrand

The Talleyrand host a screening of Ridley Scott’s cult classic, followed by a Vangelis-inspired neo-noir synth vinyl disco.

Music 2 November 2019, 7:30 pm–10:00 pm, from £5.50

BBC Philharmonic: Stravinsky/Grange/Tchaikovsky at The Bridgewater Hall

From a winter-gazing symphony by Tchaikovsky to an animal-inspired world premiere by Philip Grange, this BBC Philharmonic concert celebrates the many faces of nature.

Music 6 November 2019, 7:30 pm–11:00 pm, from £17.50

Portico Quartet at Gorilla

In support of their new album, Memory Streams, Portico quartet will push their trademark mesmeric sound into exciting new places at Gorilla this November.

Literature 7 November 2019, 7:30 pm–10:30 pm, from £15

Roger McGough at Liverpool Playhouse

Roger McGough launches his new collection joinedupwriting in his home town of Liverpool. Described as ‘exuberant’, the poems within range from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics.

Northern Chamber Orchestra
8 November 2019–15 May 2020,

Northern Chamber Orchestra 2019/20 Season

Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 2019/20 Season features the likes of violinists Chloe Hanslip and Anthony Marwood; pianist Martin James Bartlett; percussionist Colin Currie; and their President, cellist, Raphael Wallfisch.

Music 8 November 2019, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm, from £5

Raphael Wallfisch (cello) with Northern Chamber Orchestra at The Stoller Hall

Raphael Wallfisch, one of the most distinguished solo cellists of our time, performs as part of a thrilling programme with the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

Music 9 November 2019, 7:30 pm–10:00 pm, from £5.50

BBC Philharmonic: Wagner/Bruckner at The Bridgewater Hall

From Bruckner at his most grandiose to Wagner at his most delicate, this BBC Philharmonic programme promises to delight at The Bridgewater Hall.

24 Hours of Peace at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 10–11 November 2019, FREE

24 Hours of Peace at the Royal Exchange

What do you get if you add 24 hours to 48 performers and two hundred thousand words? Neil Bartlett’s extraordinary new national public artwork.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein at Liverpool Playhouse
Theatre 11–16 November 2019, from £10.00

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Liverpool Playhouse

Adapted by award-winning writer, Rona Munro, this is the 1818 seminal gothic horror novel as you’ve never seen it before.

Out of Order at HOME
Theatre 13–15 November 2019, from £10.00

Out of Order at HOME

Earlier this month Forced Entertainment announced that they would be taking their new work on a UK Tour later this year. Luckily for us, Out of Order stops off at HOME this autumn.

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Music 15–24 November 2019, from £5

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2019

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is 10 days of groundbreaking contemporary music. With performances, talks and workshops from an international community of creative thinkers.

Collagraph Workshop
Activity 16 November 2019, 11:00 am–3:00 pm, FREE

Collagraph Workshop at The Art House

Explore the intriguing collagraph print making technique with an experienced tutor at The Art House in Wakefield.

Building shown in evening with colourful blurred lights - for 3D printing architecture workshop
Families 16 November 2019, 11:00 am–3:30 pm, from £8

MadLab 3D Printing Architecture Workshop at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Explore the fundamentals of digital design software. Children and young people will even be able to 3D print their own futuristic building to take home!

Gallery Tour
Activity 16 November 2019, 3:00 pm, FREE

BSL Led Gallery Tour: Chris Payne Flash Bang Wallop at HOME

Explore Chris Payne’s new exhibition at HOME, ‘Flash Bang Wallop’ with a British Sign Language led tour from Jennifer Little.

Experimental Singing
Activity 20 November 2019, 6:00 pm, FREE

Experimental Singing With Peyee Chen: Workshop 1

Part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, expand your vocal abilities with artist Peyee Chen.

Music 21 November 2019, 7:30 pm–10:00 pm, from £5.50

BBC Philharmonic – Aho/Tarkiainen/Shostakovich at The Bridgewater Hall

Featuring Kalevi Aho’s hair-raising Theremin Concerto, the BBC Philharmonic presents a delightfully off-kilter programme at The Bridgewater Hall.

Music 21 November 2019, 7:30 pm–11:00 pm, from £16

Richard Dawson at RNCM

This November, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, Richard Dawson will perform at the RNCM in support of his new state-of-the-nation album, 2020.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool Everyman
Families 23 November 2019–18 January 2020, from £15.00

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool Everyman

Well, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to see Liverpool’s jukebox-sensational Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto, would it?

Monumental Mass
Music 24 November 2019, 5:00 pm–7:15 pm, from £14.50

The Hallé – Bach’s Monumental Mass at The Bridgewater Hall

Conducted by Sir Mark Elder and featuring a star cast of soloists, the Hallé are perfectly placed to do Bach’s B minor Mass justice at The Bridgewater Hall.

Music 28 November 2019, 7:30 pm–10:00 pm, from £12.50

BBC Philharmonic: Milhaud/Ravel/Prokofiev at The Bridgewater Hall

Featuring a frolicsome ballet score by Milhaud as well as Prokofiev’s vivacious Seventh, this BBC Philharmonic concert promises to be particularly joyous.

Music 29 November 2019, 7:00 pm–11:00 pm, from £19

Christian Loffler at Soup Kitchen

In support of his latest album, Graal, Christian Loffler is soon bringing his gorgeously melancholic electronic music to Manchester’s best-loved basement.

Still showing this month

Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 6 July 2018–10 November 2019, FREE

Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery

Showcasing furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork and jewellery, Nordic Craft and Design at Manchester Art Gallery highlights the superb quality and creativity inherent in design from the region and features pieces from 1930 to the present day.

Activity 22 September 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Sí Manchester Daily Tour

Sí Manchester’s daily tour is a brilliant way to get an overview of the city with tours running in both English and Spanish.

Activity 20 October 2018–31 December 2019, FREE

Documentary Challenge at IWM North

Make and feature in your own mini-documentary at IWM North.

Cinema 1 January–31 December 2019, from £5.50

Celebrating Women in Global Cinema at HOME

In 2019 HOME host a year-long programme of films and special events highlighting and celebrating women in film from across the world.

From specially curated retrospectives, seasons and special events, to takeovers of annual favourites, this branded series of screenings and events will explore and challenge the place and space of female filmmakers from a variety of cultural, social and political perspectives.

HOME
Festivals 1 January–31 December 2019,

HOME 2019 Season

With a continuing drive towards bold global programming, HOME Manchester welcomes friends, old and new, for an exhilarating new season.

the night sky as explored in the planetarium shows
Education 1 January–30 December 2019, from £2

Planetarium Shows at World Museum Liverpool

Take your family on a trip through space and time in this fully immersive cinema experience.

Families 9 January 2019–9 January 2020, FREE

Telescope Walking Tours at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Join one of the Centre’s Explainers as they take you on a tour of the iconic Lovell Telescope. Find out how it came to be and discover more about the ground breaking research it enables.

Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme 2019
Exhibitions 18 January 2019–3 May 2020, FREE

Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour

Whether Liverpool Biennial 2018 passed you by or you diligently ticked-off every last one of its multiple offerings (if so; bravo), the Liverpool Biennial Northern England Tour seems unlikely to disappoint.

Music 30 January–31 December 2019, from £19.62

Striking Gold Piano Series at The Stoller Hall

This year-long celebration of outstanding pianists marks Chetham’s School of Music’s golden jubilee year.

Families 3 March–2 November 2019, FREE

Dovetail, Biscuit, Splat at Nostell

From designing the highest quality furniture, to sourcing the latest fashions in wallpaper, textiles and fittings, Thomas Chippendale created a world of interiors for Nostell. Roll up your sleeves and discover the designer in you with creative family activities every school holiday

Experience The Magic of Trees at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens
Families 5 March 2019–1 March 2020, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

Autumn at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

If ever there’s a time to explore Beningbrough Hall, this is certainly it. Check out the packed programme of seasonal events and activities at the National Trust property this autumn.

Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy
Exhibitions 5 March–3 November 2019, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Featuring over 20 paintings, photographs and prints, this National Trust exhibition brings together some of Yorkshire’s most iconic and controversial figures.

The Reno at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 15 March 2019–1 March 2020, FREE

The Reno at the Whitworth

Award-winning playwright Linda Brogan and a group of local residents who used to attend the Reno nightclub in the 1970s and 80s prepare to occupy the Whitworth for one year. Located in Moss Side, the Reno was known as a space for young mixed-race Mancunians. This living exhibition will tell the story of the club through art and archive materials.

Exhibitions 16 March 2019–23 February 2020, FREE

A-Z of Salford’s Collections at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Discover how Victorian gentlemen protected their moustaches from tea, which monarch’s pair of stockings reside in Salford, get up close to incredible art and more.

Exhibitions 23 March 2019–1 March 2020, FREE

In A League Of Their Own at Castleford Museum

Rugby League is born and bred in West Yorkshire. From its beginnings in Huddersfield in 1895 to the Super League superstars of today, celebrate over 120 years of blood, sweat and tears.

Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest at People's History Museum
Exhibitions 23 March 2019–23 February 2020, FREE

Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest at People’s History Museum

Marking the 200-year-anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, ‘Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest’ at People’s History Museum takes visitors on a journey through the past, present and future of protest in this country.

Activity 26 March–26 November 2019, from £17

Tours of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and The Pankhurst Centre

Visit the homes of two influential Mancunian women in one day. Volunteer led tours of Elizabeth Gaskell and Emmeline Pankhurst’s former homes are an ideal way to learn the stories of these two influential figures.

Football Is Art at National Football Museum
Exhibitions 5 April–3 November 2019, FREE

Football is Art at National Football Museum

With works by Banksy, Picasso and John Cocteau, National Football Museum’s current exhibition demonstrates how artists have been mining the beautiful game for inspiration for decades.

Families 7 April–24 December 2019, FREE

Explore & Draw stations at The Hepworth Wakefield

The Explore and Draw stations are open daily and are free to use.

Families 13 April 2019–25 January 2020, FREE

Family Fun at Pontefract Museum

Lively activity sessions that everyone can take part in.

Families 1 May 2019–5 February 2020, FREE

Castle Crafts at Pontefract Castle

Get creative together and explore and learn about the history of Pontefract Castle through play or crafts. A different activity each month.

Little Moreton Hall
Activity 3 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Summer 2019 at Little Moreton Hall

With its beautifully charming and quirky style, Little Moreton Hall offers an iconic Tudor manor house, moat, manicured knot garden and plenty of fun activities for everyone.

Cinema 6 May–3 December 2019, from £5

Now Showing Club at Old Bank Residency, Manchester

Now Showing Club is Manchester’s first dedicated documentary cinema and will be showcasing 50 films from Dogwoof’s back catalogue in 2019.

Activity 7 May–7 December 2019, FREE

National Football Museum Guided Tours

Discover ‘the beautiful game’ with a guided tour of the National Football museum. You’ll learn about the sports origins as well as getting up close to a collection filled with infamous cups, shirts and artefacts.

Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North
Exhibitions 17 May 2019–26 January 2020, FREE

Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North

Curated with support from award-winning journalist Iona Craig, Yemen: Inside a Crisis at Imperial War Museum North offers a powerful look at one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Exhibitions 17 May 2019–15 May 2020, FREE

Poulsen Arc Dream Radio at Storyhouse in Chester

What does it mean to be transported into another person’s memories? Step into a new digital art commission at Storyhouse in Chester to find out.

Li Yuan Chia: His Late Photographs at Whitworth Art Gallery
Exhibitions 18 May–15 December 2019, FREE

Li Yuan Chia: Unique Photographs at the Whitworth

The Whitworth presents a quiet, yet arrestingly beautiful series of hand-coloured photographs taken by China’s first conceptual artist, Li Yuan Chia, nearing the end of his life.

Exhibitions 18 May 2019–12 January 2020, FREE

Pearl Alcock at the Whitworth

Part of the Windrush generation, artist Pearl Alcock’s series of ‘visions’ and ‘moods’ realised as drawings and paintings go on display at the Whitworth.

Exhibitions 22 May–3 November 2019, FREE

The Other Side of the Hall at Little Moreton Hall

It’s not just the Tudors who lived at Little Moreton. Find out more about the modern inhabitants, their work and what it was like to live here. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Families 22 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Get Your Body Tudor Ready at Little Moreton Hall

Throughout the year discover Tudor attitudes to health and food, with a different activity to try each month from making butter in a churn to creating a Tudor pinch pot to keep your remedies in. Explore the way in which the Tudors looked after their health and wellbeing, and get your body Tudor ready! This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Digital Dimensions at Eureka! Children playing in digital dimensions with light pillars
Exhibitions 25 May–5 November 2019, from £5.95

Digital Dimensions at Eureka!

Step in to a world of immersive, cutting edge technology in this interactive exhibition. Children can take centre stage at Eureka! as they use their own bodies to interact with 3D shapes, creating vivid visual effects and stunning sounds.

Exhibitions 25 May–3 November 2019, FREE

Pears & Apples – The Botanical Illustrations of Elisabeth Dowle at Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens

Cannon Hall’s historic pear collection and a new exhibition of work by renowned botanical artist Elisabeth Dowle makes for a perfect – and prescient – pairing.

Exhibitions 6 June 2019–20 April 2020, FREE

Louise Giovanelli at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery prepares to present a series of new paintings by artist Louise Giovanelli, alongside rarely-seen early Renaissance panel paintings.

Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions 14 June–10 November 2019, FREE

Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool presents a new commission by Venezuelan-born, Berlin-based artist Sol Calero, whose brightly coloured, large-scale immersive installations offer a sharply satirical critique of the surreal set of stereotypes and clichés attached to different cultures.

Exhibitions 14 June–10 November 2019, from £12.5

Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool

Featuring more than 70 artworks, Tate Liverpool presents the first major UK exhibition of work by the legendary New York artist and activist Keith Haring.

David Smith: Sculpture 1932–1965 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions 21 June 2019–5 January 2020, FREE

David Smith: Sculpture 1932–1965 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents a major exhibition of work by the great American artist David Smith (1906–1965) – the first solo exhibition of Smith’s work in the UK since Tate Modern’s 2006 project and the largest ever outside the capital.

Holly Hendry / Taus Makhacheva at The Tetley, Liverpool Biennial 2019 touring programme
Exhibitions 22 June 2019–3 May 2020, FREE

Holly Hendry / Taus Makhacheva at The Tetley

As part of the Liverpool Biennial touring programme, The Tetley is hosting works by artists Holly Hendry and Taus Makhacheva.

Exhibitions 29 June–3 November 2019, normal admission charges apply

Gathering at Little Moreton Hall

Over a thousand used tennis balls become the subject of a short film and installation by international artist Hilary Jack in the Long Gallery at Little Moreton Hall.

Exhibitions 4 July–3 November 2019, FREE

Everything I Have Is Yours at Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Everything I Have Is Yours at Salford Museum and Art Gallery is a major new moving image and sound artwork exploring the first decade of the UK charts.

Ruth Ewan & Oscar Murillo at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Exhibitions 12 July–3 November 2019, FREE

Ruth Ewan & Oscar Murillo at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A new exhibition by artists Ruth Ewan and Oscar Murillo (2019 Turner Prize nominee) at YSP invites audiences to step back into the world of learning and reflect upon the importance of creativity within education.

Roy of the Rovers
Exhibitions 19 July–3 November 2019, from £5

Roy of the Rovers – The Exhibition at the National Football Museum

Celebrate the 65th anniversary of Roy of the Rovers with a dedicated pop-up exhibition and family activities at the National Football Museum.

Exhibitions 20 July 2019–5 January 2020, from £6

The Sun at the Science and Industry Museum

Museum of Science and Industry’s blockbuster summer exhibition, The Sun, sets out to bring us as close to the star as many of us are likely to ever come.

Maddi Nicholson: a place lived at Hardman Square in Spinningfields
Exhibitions 20 July 2019–20 July 2020, FREE

Maddi Nicholson: a place lived at Hardman Square in Spinningfields

‘a place lived’ by Maddi Nicholson is a new public artwork that delves into the near-forgotten history of Manchester’s thriving financial district.

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 17 August 2019–5 July 2020, FREE

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth

Unreformed: Wallpaper and Design Diversity at the Whitworth examines the powerful the voices of the Design Reform movement.

Cézanne at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 24 August 2019–1 March 2020, FREE

Cézanne at the Whitworth

This exhibition celebrates an extraordinary collection of drawings and prints by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) that has been gifted and placed on long-term loan to the Whitworth

Activity 11 September 2019–28 February 2020, from £5

Meditation at the Manchester Buddhist Centre

Learn how to meditate with the welcoming community at Manchester Buddhist Centre. Their beginners classes are the perfect way to find your feet and develop your own meditation practice.

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 at Leeds Art Gallery
Exhibitions 14 September–17 November 2019, FREE

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019 at Leeds Art Gallery

An exciting indicator for what’s around the corner in terms of British contemporary art, the 70th anniversary edition of New Contemporaries is a must see.

Venice, Paradise of Cities at Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
Exhibitions 14 September–30 November 2019, FREE

Venice, Paradise of Cities at Cooper Gallery, Barnsley

Weren’t able to make it over to Venice this summer? Us neither. But don’t worry, the floating city is much closer than you think.

Hallé
Classical Music 19 September 2019–30 May 2020,

The Hallé 2019-20 Season

From a brilliant range of symphonies, concertos, vocal works, operas and more, we select our five top picks from the Hallé’s 2019-20 season.

BBC Philharmonic 2019 2020 season bridgewater hall manchester
Classical Music 21 September 2019–13 June 2020,

BBC Philharmonic 2019/20 Concert Season

An outstanding orchestra live in a world-class concert hall – read about the BBC Philharmonic’s 2019-20 season at The Bridgewater Hall.

Nahem Shoa: Black Presence at The Atkinson, Southport
Exhibitions 21 September–23 November 2019, FREE

Nahem Shoa: Black Presence at The Atkinson, Southport

Artist Nahem Shoa curates a selection of his striking portrait paintings alongside key historic and contemporary paintings of black portrait sitters.

Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station at Harris Museum and Art Gallery
Exhibitions 21 September–24 November 2019, FREE

Beautiful and Brutal: 50 Years in the life of Preston Bus Station at Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Beautiful and Brutal – an unusual new exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic, internationally renowned Preston Bus Station.

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 24 September 2019–18 January 2020,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

A busy and brilliant season, expect award-winning musicals, stage adaptations of revered literary classics and celebrated cult films, alongside high-quality family shows. There is plenty to enjoy in Liverpool’s theatres this autumn.

Guitar Lessons
Activity 25 September–27 November 2019, FREE

Guitar Lessons for Beginners at Partisan

The New School of Music and Partisan have joined forces to bring a 10 weeks of beginner guitar lessons to their upstairs space.

Rewriting The Future at Site Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibitions 27 September 2019–26 January 2020, FREE

Rewriting The Future at Site Gallery, Sheffield

Rewriting the Future at Site Gallery explores how feminist speculative perspectives can offer new insights into how we can restructure society in a more equal way.

Alexis Teplin at Bluecoat
Exhibitions 1 October 2019–1 February 2020, FREE

Alexis Teplin at Bluecoat

This solo show of new work at Bluecoat marks artist Alexis Teplin’s largest major UK exhibition. Her work crosses between painting, performance and film, drawing parallels between the process of each art form.

Exhibitions 3 October–3 November 2019, FREE

British Textile Biennial 2019, across Pennine Lancashire

The inaugural edition of the British Textile Biennial opens this winter with a series of new art commissions, exhibitions and performances.

Activity 3 October 2019–2 July 2020, FREE

Technical Tours at the National Coal Mining Museum

Get into the the heart of the machinery with technical tours of the mines at the National Coal Mining Museum.

Second Nature: What is 'nature' anyway? at The Portico Library
Exhibitions 4 October 2019–6 January 2020, FREE

Second Nature: What is ‘nature’ anyway? at The Portico Library

Second Nature at The Portico Library brings together literature, artefacts, research and new works by contemporary artists and young people to ask what we mean by ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ today and how these terms have been used throughout the modern age.

Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure at S1 Artspace, Sheffield
Exhibitions 11 October–14 December 2019, FREE

Ilona Sagar: Deep Structure at S1 Artspace, Sheffield

Deep Structure by artist Ilona Sagar explores the links between architecture, health and community wellbeing through the lens of Sheffield’s Park Hill estate.

Music 15 October–12 December 2019, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

From concerts to film screenings to operas, we select our top 5 highlights from the RNCM Autumn Season, whose thematic focus is Migration.

We Two Boys: Early Works by Alan Davie & David Hockney at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions 19 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works at The Hepworth Wakefield

A major new exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield brings together the work of two major figures of post-war British painting: Alan Davie and David Hockney.

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield
Exhibitions 19 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield

Marking her first solo exhibition outside of America, ‘Christina Quarles at The Hepworth Wakefield’ offers an incredible window onto the inner world of the Los Angeles-based artist.

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange
Theatre 24 October–16 November 2019, from £7.00

Light Falls at the Royal Exchange

Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom will say goodbye to the Royal Exchange with this extraordinary new play by Simon Stephens.

Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth
Exhibitions 25 October 2019–1 April 2020, FREE

Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth

‘Elizabeth Price at the Whitworth’ brings together new and acclaimed works – including drawings, sculpture, and video – by the Turner prize-winning artist.

Described by the Wall Street Journal as one of ‘China’s Rising Art Stars’, encounter the work of Shanghai-based artist Cui Jie at CFCCA.
Exhibitions 25 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Cui Jie at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Described by the Wall Street Journal as one of ‘China’s Rising Art Stars’, encounter the work of Shanghai-based artist Cui Jie at CFCCA.

Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman, Manchester Plan at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art
Exhibitions 25 October 2019–19 January 2020, FREE

Cheng Ran: Diary of a Madman, Manchester Plan at Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art presents an exhibition of newly commissioned work by Cheng Ran, representing a further Manchester chapter in the artist’s ‘Diary of a Madman’ series.

Families 26 October–3 November 2019, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

Experience The Magic of Trees at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

A week a different activities at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens exploring the magic of trees for the school October half-term holidays.

Exhibitions 26 October 2019–1 March 2020, Normal admission charges apply/free to National Trust members

Winter Wildlife in print at Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

After the leaves have fallen and the flowers have gone, discover beautifully crafted artwork by Yorkshire artist Gerard Hobson inspired by real-life creatures that call Beningbrough their home.

Cinema 29 October–3 November 2019, from £9.00

FilmFear at HOME

FilmFear is back as HOME team up with Film4 for another season of new and classic scary movies, premieres and director Q&As.

Music 29 October–1 November 2019, FREE

New Music Manchester at RNCM

New Music Manchester is a four-day festival comprising performances and talks from a plethora of the cities’ artists, ensembles and orchestras.

Things to do right now

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Cinema 15–18 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Sunset Boulevard at HOME

Visual Arts 20 September 2018–19 September 2019, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

Red Dust Road at HOME
Literature 11–21 September 2019, from £10.00

Red Dust Road at HOME

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry
Theatre 13–21 September 2019, from £12.50

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry

Cinema 13–22 September 2019, from £9

The Shock of the Future at HOME

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Cinema 6 July–29 September 2019, FREE

MIF19: David Lynch at HOME

Exhibitions 6 April–29 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Rights of the Child at Quarry Bank