Exhibitions and events

Get some culture down you at the new exhibitions and displays at Manchester Art Gallery and the Gallery of Costume.

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A Highland Romance
Victorian Views of Scottishness
From 21 September 2013
A selection of 19th century works from Manchester City Galleries’ historic collection, including Richard Ansdell’s The Chase, Peter Graham’s A Spate in the Highlands and a selection of JMW Turner’s Scottish watercolours, are used in this display to explore the idea of Scottishness from the point of view of both Scottish and English artists.

All that is Solid Melts into Air
Curated by Jeremy Deller
12 October 2013 – 19 January 2014
Jeremy Deller explores the roots of working class musical culture, from 19th century industrial folk to glam and rock music in the 70s and 80s. The show combines contemporary works with objects and images, ranging from historical paintings depicting factories and forges to oppositional broadsheets, political tracts, poems and popular ballads.

The Vanity of Small Differences
Grayson Perry
24 October 2013 – 2 February 2014
A chance to see Grayson Perry’s celebrated series of six tapestries The Vanity of Small Differences, that were created alongside the Channel 4 television series ‘All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry’. They tell the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste.
An Arts Council Collection Partnership supported by Christie’s. The Vanity of Small Differenceshas been gifted to the Arts Council Collection and the British Council by the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. It was supported by Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund, and Sfumato Foundation.

Ongoing exhibitions and displays at Manchester Art Gallery

do it 2013
Manchester International Festival
Until 22 September 2013
Help make groundbreaking new art by taking part in do it – an evolving exhibition created from a series of instructions written by artists. This new version of the exhibition premieres 70 brand new instructions, in celebration of its 20th anniversary. do it is a generative exhibition conceived and curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. do it 2013 is produced by Manchester International Festival and Manchester Art Gallery in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI) New York.

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Between the Wars
Until 13 October 2013
Between the Wars presents 60 works selected from Manchester Art Gallery’s fine art collection that explore the diversity of British art from the years between the First and Second World Wars (1919 to 1939).

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The Tallest of Tales
Alison Erika Forde
Until 10 November 2013
Forde creates fairytale images made from mass-produced pictures and charity shop bric-a-brac. With influences including book illustrations, folk art and kitsch, she fills her work with mischief and dark humour.
Alison Erika Forde is represented by The International 3, Manchester.

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Home, Land and Sea
Art in the Netherlands 1600-1800
Until 2014
Featuring fifty of the galleries’ most important Dutch and Flemish works, from portraits and domestic interiors to still-lifes and seascapes. Paintings by Old Masters tell the story of the Empire’s Golden Age and, for the first time, sit alongside dramatic works by major contemporary artists.
Supported by the National Gallery, the Art Fund, Aurelius Trust and the Friends and Patrons of Manchester Art Gallery.

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Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester
Until 2014
Art for All explores a selection of nature-themed artworks and objects from the city’s little-known Thomas Horsfall collection. It is co-curated by local school children from St Augustine’s CE Primary School in Harpurhey, Manchester.
Supported by DAC Beachcroft and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Radical Figures: Post-war British Figurative Painting
Until 2014
Radical Figures explores the pioneering role that painters such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and David Hockney played in the reinvention of figurative art in the second half of the 20th century.
An Arts Council Collection Partnership supported by Christie’s.

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Events at Manchester Art Gallery

Highlights tours
Every Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2-3pm
Catch a tour of gallery highlights.
Free, no need to book.

Art bites
Every Wednesday 12.30 – 1pm
Join in with a relaxed chat about art.
Free, no need to book, just turn up.

Tour in British Sign Language
Sunday 8 September, 3 – 4pm
Home, Land and Sea – Explore the gallery’s recently refurbished displays of Dutch and Flemish art.
Free, no need to book.

English corner
Wednesdays 11 September, 9 October, 13 November, 11 December, 1 – 2.30pm
Thursdays 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 19 December, 6.30 – 8pm

English Corner at Manchester Art Gallery is for people who are learning to speak English. Our English tutor will lead you in activities that will help you practise your speaking and listening skills. It’s free and there’s no need to book ahead for English Corner, unless you’re bringing a class or group.

Making conversation
Thursdays 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 19 December, 1 – 4pm
These workshops involve talking about and making art by using all of your senses. The sessions are audio described and all materials and refreshments are provided. Please book in advance. Tel: 0161 235 8888.

Creative Consultants art sessions for 14-19 yr olds
Sundays 29 September, 27 October, 24 November, 1 – 3pm
The Creative Consultants are a group of 14-19 year olds who meet regularly at Manchester Art Gallery to create new projects and art works related to the gallery’s collections and exhibitions. They also run events for the public and go on trips to art and cultural venues around the city and beyond. Free, no need to book.

Close knit
Saturday 28 September, 2 – 4pm
Be inspired by our collections, make and share your knitting and enjoy a creative place for knitting. Beginners and experienced knitters very welcome.
Free, no need to book.

Drawing on dance
Mondays 7 October, 4 November, 2 December, 2 – 4pm
Dance and visual artist Gerry Turvey helps you develop your dance and movement skills using artworks as a stimulus. Plus explore different drawing techniques. This is an opportunity to experience art differently, to have fun and to be active in the art gallery. Previous experience not essential. Free, to book a place please call Louise Thompson on 0161 235 8844.

Underground
Thursday 31 October, 6-8.30pm
Take a look beneath the surface at the work of Jeremy Deller, Grayson Perry and the darker corners of Manchester Art Gallery. There will be lots of mysterious things to take part in hosted by young people from around the city. Free, drop in, no need to book.

Tour in British Sign Language
Sunday 10 November, 3 – 4pm
Explore the gallery’s major exhibition All That is Solid Melts into Air curated by Jeremy Deller. Free, no need to book.

Tour for blind and visually impaired visitors and their friends
Thursday 5 December, 10.30 – 12pm
Explore the gallery’s major exhibition All That is Solid Melts into Air curated by Jeremy Deller. Led by curator Tim Wilcox, with audio description by Anne Hornsby. Free, no need to book.

Family events at Manchester Art Gallery

Baby art club
Fridays 6 September, 4 October, 1 November, 6 December
Sessions start at 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.15pm and 2.30pm.
45 minutes of sensory play for families with babies who aren’t walking yet. Free. Book one week in advance on 0161 235 8888.

Family art club
Saturdays 7 September, 12 October, 9 November, 1-3pm
Be creative and make things together. For families with children aged 5-11.
Free. No need to book. Limited places, please arrive early.

Mini art club
Fridays 13 September, 11 October, 8 November, 13 December, 10.15-11.15am and 11.30am-12.30pm
Make friends, make noise, make a mess. For families with children aged 1-4. Free.
Book one week in advance on 0161 235 8888.

Imagine weekends
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September, 12- 4pm
Drop into the gallery to experiment, play and be creative together. For families with children of all ages. Free. No need to book, just drop in.

Baby weekends
Saturdays 5 October, 9 November, 7 December, 1-3pm
Free. No need to book, just drop in.

Half term workshops
Tuesday 28 October – Friday 1 November, 1 – 3pm
Make art inspired by our exhibition of Grayson Perry’s tapestries. Free, no need to book.

Ongoing exhibition at the Gallery of Costume

Christian Dior: Designer in Focus
Until 12 January 2014
Christian Dior (1905-1957) was the most celebrated couturier of the mid 20th century. This show looks at some of his iconic outfits which are recent acquisitions for the Gallery’s collections, together with loans from other museums. Rare Paris label outfits include Wallis Simpson’s ‘New Look’ suit together with catwalk pieces from the 1950s.

Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3JL
0161 235 8888
manchestergalleries.org

Open daily 10am – 5pm
Thursdays 10am – 9pm
(Fridays 10am – 6pm from 29 November – 10 January)

Events at the Gallery of Costume

Close knit
Saturdays 26 October and 30 November, 2 – 4pm
Be inspired by our collections, make and share your knitting and enjoy a creative place for knitting. Beginners and experienced knitters very welcome.
Free, no need to book.

Linked in
Wednesdays 25 September, 30 October, 27 November, 1.30-3.30pm
Creative workshops for local older adults. Each month we try something new, making a connection with the Gallery of Costume’s collection of 20,000 items of clothing and accessories, and get to know our neighbours too. Free, no need to book.

Christian Dior talk
Wednesday 13 November, 2-3pm
Senior curator Dr Miles Lambert introduces the exhibition Christian Dior: Designer in Focus with this illustrated talk. Free, but limited places. Please book. Tel: 0161 245 7245. Email: m.lambert@manchester.gov.uk

Gallery of Costume
Platt Hall
Rusholme
Manchester M14 5LL
0161 245 7245
manchestergalleries.org/our-other-venues/platt-hall-gallery-of-costume/

Open
Monday to Friday 1 – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm

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