The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Lionel Dobie Project Space and Castlefield Gallery are all hosting openings for their latest exhibitions this week so to help you weave your way through the night of art, here’s our guide to where to be, and when.

1. Cacatopia at Interational Anthony Burgess Foundation

Anthony Burgess used the work ‘cacotopia’ to describe a society ‘structured on the lines of a cacophony’, with extreme states of political disharmony and social dissonance. Taking inspiration from the concept, this new exhibition of the same name, curated by Laura Mansfield, explores themes of dystopia in contemporary artists work in relation to Burgess’s writing. The exhibition will open with a new performance work by Franziska Lantz at 7pm. Experimenting with found sounds, deep beats and audio shifts Lantz will perform a Cacatopian sound track to frame the show which includes work by contemporary artists Matti Isan Blind, Franziska Lantz, Rebecca Lennon and Elisabeth Molin. The show is accompanied by a programme of artists films on Saturday (25 May, 6.30pm, free).

Until Fri 14 Jun, IABF, Engine House, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY. Tel: 0161 235 0776, Thu 23 May only 6-8pm, FREE,

2. A Sense of Place – Castlefield Gallery (pictured)

After descending into the dystopian visions of Burgess head over to Castlefield Gallery for the opening of guest show, A Sense of Place by Creatives:9. Creatives:9 are a group of nine foundation degree students from Macclesfield College. Each explores visual and emotional connections to local areas around Manchester and Macclesfield.

Thu 23 May, Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, M15 4GB. Tel: 0161 832 8034, 6-9pm, FREE,

3. Lionel Dobie Project Space relaunch

After looking round Castlefield Gallery, head up the road to end your evening at Lionel Dobie Project Space (6pm – late) where the up-and-coming team (whose recent innovations include male-only film screenings) will be celebrating the relaunch of their space by curatorial collective Higgins & Renshaw. The collective have transformed LDP into a kind of research centre, aiming to address current changes in contemporary curatorial practice. The relaunch celebrations start at 6pm followed by an afterparty from 9pm-1am.

Thu 23 May and ongoing, Lionel Dobie Project Space, 91 Hewitt Street, M15 4GB, 6pm – 9pm, afterparty 9pm – 1am FREE,

Thu 23 May
Joshua Gordon
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Thu 2 May 2013