Top Exhibitions and Events: October

October’s here, which means spooky season is approaching alongside those cold winds and well-known Manchester downpours. However, a few things have opened up and are showcasing some new art bits, so you’ve got somewhere to shelter from the elements, and you get some cool art to view whilst you’re at it.

50 Windows of Creativity

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50 Windows of Creativity

This month, Manchester starts a cool new initiative that will host ’50 Windows of Creativity’. This is going to showcase the work of artists and makers displayed in a series of windows, venues, businesses and spaces across the entire city centre. The work and displays will feature multiple art forms from fine art and photography to ceramics, crafts, mosaics and murals and will be curated by well-known and emerging artists and collectives – all with a connection to Greater Manchester.

Artists and makers taking part include: Wellcome Trust prize winner Benji Reid, Manchester born mixed media landscape artist Sarah Connell and contemporary creative studio Lazerian. So, keep your eyes peeled, check all the windows and all the corners of Manchester and see what work you can spot!

Dates are provisional and may be subject to change

Art Comes HOME

Art Comes HOME

Due to reopen their art gallery space, Home Mcr are starting on the 24th October with three artists, three exhibitions, all interlinked by their outcomes being heavily illustrative. The artists are: Nick Burton, Joy Yamusangie and duo Mike S Redmond and Faye Coral Johnson. So, for anyone that wants a good hearty art 3-in-1 should head down to Home to get their full art fix, oh and quickly, they would like you to book in before you go!

Dates: 24th October – 7th November 2020

Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire

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Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire

‘Ethics Under Fire’ brings together powerful stories from conflict countries and allows you to explore these challenges from an insider perspective. This will be displayed through photographs and unique objects – recorded and sourced specially for this exhibition. On your visit you’ll encounter objects and dilemmas you simply wouldn’t face in the safe living space we have that others don’t. In addition, on display are aid workers’ personal belongings and objects that lend a perspective into the conditions they face. It’s not you ordinary art work, but it’s something to push information and ethical concerns and thoughts to the viewer.

Dates: 2nd October – 31 May 2021

An Unprecedented Year

Source: Contemporary Six

An Unprecedented Year

Contemporary Six is hosting a long awaited solo exhibition with 25 oil painted works, all painted in a just one year, by artist Rob Pointon. Rob always paints on location, to capture the true essence of life to its closest form – captured when it’s occurring, giving his paintings a live authentic truth. He paints quiet streets, busy stations and really gives another dimension and perspective to view Manchester.

Dates: 23rd October – 6th November 2020

Open Online 2020

Source: Paradise Works

Open Online 2020

Paradise Works are bringing you an array of online events this October. What would have been their annual Open Studios is now being replaced with a new ‘Open Online.’ Here you will find a variety of events including ‘Multiple Shops’ which will feature members of the studios selling limited edition artworks. There is also the preview of ‘Soft Display’ the new exhibition and online film by Steve Iles. You can also visit the gallery IRL to see this exhibition but note that there will be a limited capacity and socially distancing in place.

Preview: 10th October – book your slot via Eventbrite

Dates: Saturdays – 17th October – 28th November.


We are very much excited to get back out there visiting galleries! Make sure you check each gallery’s website for opening hours and read their Covid-19 policy.

Featured image courtesy of Home MCR

2 thoughts on “Top Exhibitions and Events: October

  1. Richard Ward says:

    Your list seems to be lacking. PS Mirabel, Paper and Soft Spot (which you reviewed) are all open with new exhibitions. Show some support for artist led spaces, not just the institutions!

    • cottononmcr says:

      Hi Richard. Thanks for your feedback. We only list 5 on here, otherwise the list would be huge! Also, as you said, we have just reviewed the current exhibition at Soft Spot, which you can find on the blog. So we do support ALL art institutes in Manchester. Thanks for checking out the website!

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