From some awe-inspiring exhibitions to activist meditation sessions to indie film screenings–we have most definitely got you covered for the best free things to get stuck into in Manchester this week.

Here’s the rundown…

Queer Heart Circle | Islington Mill | Sun 30 Jan | 3pm - 7pm

A beautiful coming together of the LGBTQIA+ community, Islington Mill’s Queer Heart Circle is a brilliant opportunity to gather together, share your stories and listen to others in a safe and welcoming space. A more social and interactive form of healing therapy, the Heart Circle is a totally confidential and inclusive way to connect to one another and heal through the power of voicing your emotions and experiences out loud.

A soothing way to end the week and prepare yourself for the next one ahead, be sure to get yourself down to Islington Mill for this incredible opportunity to connect, share and heal.

James St, Salford M3 5HW, Tel: 0161 278 6404
Coming Up | Ruslan Institute of Art | Fri 28 Jan | From 6pm

Check out artist Fleur Yearsley this Friday for her impressive solo exhibition, Coming Up, which explores the importance of space, the scale of things and why this matters alongside notions of generational shared experiences.

With a live DJ to soundtrack your walkthrough of Fleur’s fantastic paintings, this event encourages viewers to reconnect with one another through the medium of art and to find the ways in which we can all be unified through relatable memories, life events and personal experiences.

40 Chorlton Street, Manchester M1 3HW
The Unstable Line | AIR Gallery | Thu 27 Jan | 6pm - 10pm

Head to Altrincham this Thursday for the grand opening night of AIR Gallery’s newest exhibition and their first show of 2022, The Unstable Line.

Featuring the work of nine impressive artists who all utilise line drawings in their work in vibrant and diverse ways—this exhibition invites viewers to explore the concept of a line and the limitless ways it can be used to represent other things.

30 Grosvenor Road, Altrincham WA14 1LD, Tel: 0161 941 1129
Superbia Cinema | Ducie Street Warehouse | Wed 26 Jan | 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Ducie Street Warehouse’s Mini Cini will be screening three cracking short films this Wednesday as part of their Wellness & Mental Health take over. Featuring the works of three impressive LGBTQ+ creatives based in Manchester, Superbia Cinema is bound to be your go-to mid-week motive.

Playing A Love Letter, The Cost of Living and Requiem—be sure to stick around after the films have ended for an extra special Q&A with the film-makers themselves.

Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 503 9460
Springwater Sketchbook Walks | Springwater Park | Sun 30 Jan | 12pm - 3pm

If you’re after something super wholesome then look no further as this one is definitely for you. Join the Springwater Sketchbook Walks to explore wild nature through the medium of drawing and mark-making.

All about championing a creative community spirit in Manchester, these walks are a great way to get out and bask in the fresh air, meet some new people and end your week the right way.

Springwater Lane, Whitefield M45 7UW
Mon 24 Jan - Sun 30 Jan
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Mon 24 Jan 2022