Highlights include a retrospective of work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, playful and colourful social critique from Sol Calero at the Tate, and one of the most important Chinese artists of the 20th century, Li Yuan Chia, at the Whitworth.
Martin Parr: Return to Manchester at Manchester Art Gallery, St. Peter Square
In photography there is Martin Parr’s Return to Manchester, at Manchester Art Gallery in St. Peter Square, which continues until the Spring. The exhibition of Mancunians past and present has been on display since November and is free to explore until 22 April. The show depicts how the lives of Mancunians has changed since the 1970’s – when Parr was a student at what is now Manchester Metropolitan University. Despite the 50 years difference, the images also reflect a universal continuity in how we live. The exceptional collection of photographs, from Britain’s sharpest and most tenderly satirical eyes, is not to be missed. For more details, check out the Manchester Art Gallery website.
Until Fri 22 Apr 2019, Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL Tel: 0161 235 8888 http://manchesterartgallery.org/exhibitions-and-events/exhibition/martin-parr/
Large scale installations: Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool (pictured)
If its large scale installations you’re into, then look no further than Tate Liverpool’s new commission from Sol Calero. Hailing from Caracas, Venezuela – now based in Berlin – Sol Calero is an ambitious and stand-out visionary who has been recreating elements of a Latin American village across Europe with each exhibition. Her work is political and engaging, implementing both traditional art forms and experimentation with found objects. Expect a playful and positive critique of the surreal set of stereotypes and clichés in different cultures.
Fri 14 Jun – Sun 10 Nov 2019, Tate Liverpool,Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4BB. Tel: 0151 702 7400, https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool
Sculpture: Senga Nengudi at Henry Moore Institute in Leeds
Don’t miss Senga Nengudi at The Henry Moore Institute which continues until 17 February 2019. This major exhibition dedicated to the work of African-American avant-garde sculptor Senga Nengudi, celebrates a pioneering figure best known for her abstract sculptures that combine found objects and interpretations of choreographed performance. This is the first solo institutional exhibition of the work of Nengudi outside the United States, bringing together pioneering work from 1969 to the present, alongside a new installation. The show has been running since September 2018, and will continue until 17 February 2019, so catch it while you can.
Until 17 Feb 2019, Henry Moore Institute, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AH. Tel: 0113 246 7467, https://www.henry-moore.org/whats-on/2018/09/21/senga-nengudi
Art nouveau: Charles Rennie Mackintosh at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
In celebration of the quintessentially Northern, Walker Art Gallery prepares for a stand out exhibition this Spring. “Making the Glasgow Style” is dedicated to the life and work of the Glaswegian artist, architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh – father of the UK’s part in the international Art Nouveau movement. Objects of many mediums will be on display including including stained glass, ceramics and mosaics.
Fri 15 Mar -Mon 26 Aug 2019, Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EN, http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/exhibitions/mackintosh/index.aspx
Hand painted photographs: Li Yuan Chia’s Unique Photographs at The Whitworth
Finally, as winter dissolves into Spring, why not check out Li Yuan Chia’s quietly poetic, hand painted, “Unique Photographs” at the University’s impressive and peaceful setting of the Whitworth Gallery on Oxford Road. Reflect on the changing of the seasons with the work of one of the most significant Chinese artists of the 20th century in an exhibition which coincides with the Chinese New Year. The show opens on 18 May and continues through till 15 December 2019. Entry is free, and why not take the time and explore the beautiful grounds of the Whitworth’s Art Garden or a spot of brunch in their seasonally inspired cafe.
Sat 18 May – Sun 15 Dec 2019, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6ER. Tel: 0161 275 7450, http://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/upcomingexhibitions/liyuanchia/
Published on: Thu 21 Feb 2019