With ups and downs in weather and Halloween just round the bend, this October is shaping up to be a good one. There are plenty of great free events going on in the city you can all get stuck into. From maggot-inspired art exhibitions to an opportunity to become a part of Manchester’s art history scene – we’ve got you covered. Here’s the rundown…

Cyberjunk | Castlefield Gallery | Thurs 14 Oct | From 6pm

Coming to the Castlefield Gallery, artist John Powell-Jones’ first major solo exhibition CYBERJUNK includes 3D and 2D animation, life-size characters, comic books, ceramics and tufted wall hangings. His work is informed by the ways in which dominant ideologies and power structures influence our perceptions of reality. In particular, how the warped western view of progress and success affects our understanding of morality. Drawing inspiration from European folklore, body horror, cyborgs, demons and maggots – this exhibition is definitely one to look out for.

2 Hewitt Street Manchester M15 4GB
Breaking the Silence | Cross Street Chapel | Sun 17 Oct | 3pm - 4pm

Join the theatre for a unique and immersive show for Black History Month fictionalizing an 18th-century abolitionist meeting in speeches, stories, and song. This theatre production will celebrate 18th century Black British Abolitionists such as Olaudah Equiano and Mary Prince, and women such as Mary Birkett Card, who along with William Wilberforce used the power of their stories to help end the slave trade. Through speeches, personal narratives, and songs, this production will tell the important and powerful stories in the own words of the abolitionists.

Cross Street, Manchester M2 1NL
Sketch Walk | Piccadilly Gardens | Sat 16 Oct | 1pm - 2pm

Join this Sketch Walk around Piccadilly Gardens and together you can all create a record of the central square on that day. The Sketch Walk is catered to all abilities and ages as part of the People’s Takeover event with Manchester Central Foodbank and Get It Done. Joined by artist and architectural designer Freya Bruce, no previous artistic expertise or experience is required. All you need is inspiration as the aim is to seek to find the beauty in small things. Together, as a group, you will be creating a drawn record of the gardens on that day and after the event, your drawings will be published in an online interactive map on our website. Get involved with some local Manc art history and pen down all your great findings!

Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester M60 1AY
Art for Wellbeing | Burnage Community Centre | Mon 11 Oct | 10am - 12pm
Check out this event geared towards finding relaxation through art and creativity. Ran by the lovely Rosie and held at Burnage Community Centre, this adult art class is a perfect social way to start the week in a productive and relaxed way. Totally suitable for beginners and with all necessary materials provided, chill out and socialise whilst learning and practising a range of art techniques. Learn some new techniques, meet some new people, create something you’re proud of all over a nice brew and a good chat.
347 Burnage Lane Burnage Manchester M19 1EW
Colacello | Retro Bar | Sun 17 Oct | 7:30pm - 11pm

Colacello are an indie-rock five-piece band formed on a bandstand in Stockport earlier this year. Channelling the sounds of early R.E.M. with a hint of Go-Betweens and a twist of lemon – some new meat on the live Mancunian music scene is a great way to end your Sunday. What’s more? It’s the band’s first gig ever so you can be proud to say you’re privy to such a great sound at so early in their progress! Kick back with a beer as you enjoy some great live free music whilst showing your support to the talented local lads.

78 Sackville Street, Manchester M1 3NJ
Mon 11 Oct - Sun 17 Oct
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Tue 12 Oct 2021