Looking to inject a little extra culture into your days? We’ve rounded up some of the best exhibitions taking place right across the North West over the coming weeks and months.

Banners | People's History Museum | Until Jan 2023

A brand-new eye-opening exhibition, marking significant moments throughout human rights history, arrives at the People’s History Museum later this month.

Banners commemorating key eras of protest will form a major focus of the new exhibition, taking visitors on a journey through periods of change driven forward by groups and individuals.

Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER
Derek Jarman's Protest! | Manchester Art Gallery | 2 Dec 2021 - 10 April 2022

Manchester Art Gallery’s long-delayed celebration of the life and career of artist Derek Jarman will officially open on Wed 1 Dec, with visitors invited to explore key items from his career as a painter, writer, set-designer, filmmaker, political activist and gardener.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL
Suzanne Lacy: What Kind of City? A manual for Social Change | Whitworth Art Gallery | 26 Nov 2021 - 10 Apr 2022

The Whitworth presents a special presentation of three iconic collaborative installations by the US artist Suzanne Lacy, renowned for her social practice art and community organising for five decades.

The exhibition (26 Nov-10 Apr) which signals a fresh direction in Lacy’s illustrious career, is presented in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery, which is showing Uncertain Futures, a new collaborative artwork created with women from Manchester’s diverse communities, and Cleaning Conditions, a project also created in the city.

The Whitworth, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER
Manchester Open | HOME | Until 27 Mar

The biennial Manchester Open Exhibition was created as a way to celebrate and offer a platform to the city’s most promising and impressive creative talent.

Work from more than 400 Greater Manchester artists will be on display, all of which has been selected by a panel made up of art experts and community representatives.

2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester M15 4FN
A Civic Role | Bluecoat, Liverpool | Until Sun 13 Mar

Taking the form of a documentary display, A Civic Role explores how art has engaged with the people of Liverpool, and how it has participated in wider public debates.

Dipping into their own archives of photos, film, posters, publications and other documents, the exhibition reflects on the role Bluecoat has played in nurturing art both in and outside the venue.

8 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BX
Cancer Revolution: Science Innovation and Hope | Science and Industry Museum | Until 31 Mar

The groundbreaking, world-first free exhibition: Cancer Revolution: Science, Innovation and Hope has now opened at the Science and Industry Museum Manchester.

It is the first major object-rich exhibition to explore the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated, exploring the revolution in science that is transforming cancer care.

Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4FP
Jock McFadyen Goes to The Lowry: An exhibition 45 years in the making | Lowry, Salford | Until Sun 27 Feb

Marking the Lowry’s first exhibition since the pandemic, the venue will be showing with Jock McFadyen Goes to The Lowry: An exhibition 45 years in the making until the end of February.

Spanning a range of work from throughout his career, the collection highlights McFayden’s ‘passion for painting the overlooked margins of the modern city and its inhabitants, as well as huge panoramic views of the natural world’.

The Lowry, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ,
Poppies | Imperial War Museum North | Permanent exhibition

The brand-new artwork, Poppies, is now open at Imperial War Museum North. The sculptures were originally part of the installation Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red, and became part of a national cultural programme to mark the First World War Centenary.

Conceived by ceramic artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, the poppies were hand-crafted from clay by a team of over 300 people. They have now been combined and returned to Manchester as part of Imperial War Museums’ permanent collection.

Mon 1 Nov - Mon 28 Feb
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 17 Feb 2022