Top Art Exhibitions this July

Written by Rhianwen Williams

July is going to be a busy one! Not only do you have ‘Freedom Day’ coming (hopefully) and all the events and exhibitions of Manchester International Festival to look forward to, you have all of these exhibitions too!

Unlocked – Mirabel Studios Group Show

This July, PS Mirabel will be exhibiting a group show of artists who are currently in resident at Mirabel Studios. There’ll be a wide range of work to see from a wide range of artists including previous Manc of the Month, Sam Owen Hull and Freya Wysocki, we were lucky enough to have both artists on display at our recent ‘In Manchester’ exhibition. Why not head down to the gallery this July to get a glimpse into the Manchester contemporary art scene and to show your support for some local artists!

‘Unlocked’ | PS Mirabel  is on display 3rd July until the 7th August 2021.

Exchanges – Whitworth Art Gallery

“Exchanges sets art and artists together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in opposition – always with insight and intention”.

‘Exchanges’ is an ongoing exhibition at Whitworth Art Gallery, which is curated and selected in response to existing works in the gallery’s permanent collection. This exhibition is always evolving and seeks to reverse the traditional narrative of Western art history (predominantly artists which are white, male, and able bodied) which can be seen in the Whitworth’s existing collection. In ‘Exchanges’, conscious decisions have been made by the Whitworth to display artists from marginalised communities, to try and rectify their own contribution to this traditional Western narrative. Exhibitions such as this are one step forward to achieving equality in the art world.

‘Exchanges’ | Whitworth Art Gallery reopens on the 2nd July and will be on display until May 2022.

Manchester Hip Hop Archive (MHHA) Exhibition – Manchester Central Library

Produced by Castlefield Gallery and in collaboration with the archive and Unity Radio, (who interviewed us a while back – Unity Radio and Cotton On MCR) the ‘Manchester Hip Hop Archive Exhibition’ will be held at Manchester Central Library. The exhibition will “celebrate the impact of the Hip Hop movement on the city of Manchester across four decades” – this exhibition is not one to miss! Come along and see the rich history of the Manchester Hip Hop scene.

‘Manchester Hip Hop Archive (MHHA)’ | Manchester Central Library is on display 1st July until the 28th September.

Maria Nepomuceno: Refloresta! – Portico Library

Opening the 1st July, the Portico Library will be exhibiting the work of Brazilian artist Maria Nepomuceno. The exhibition will showcase a ‘ground-breaking installation of immersive sculptural and textile work’ by the artist, as well as a site responsive display of visitor’s life drawings, which will be made through interacting with the exhibition. Nepomuceno’s work combines organic forms with bright, vivid colours – working in harmony to make fascinating and immersive installations.

‘Maria Nepomuceno: Refloresta!’ | Portico Library is on display 1st July until the 11th October 2021.

Days Like These – The Lowry

‘Days Like These’ is an exhibition which shares the stories of Salford from 2020, communicated through paintings, films, photography, and poetry from the city’s residents. The exhibition will cover some of the highs and lows of the pandemic throughout 2020, from the “empty Salford streets and the joy of reuniting” to the impact of our amazing NHS frontline workers. This exhibition is reflective of the collective hopes and fears that cities all over the UK have faced since March 2020 and is part of the ‘Spirit of Salford’ initiative –a scheme designed to celebrate the spirit and community of Salford as a city.

‘Days Like These’ | The Lowry is on display on Saturdays and Sundays until 29th August.


Our guest blogger is Rhianwen WIlliams: ‘Hi! I’m Rhianwen, I’m from North Wales and I’m in my final year at MMU studying BA Fine Art with Art History. My practice revolves around abstract painting, which I use as a way of exploring topics such as memory and grief. Art is something really cathartic for me, and alongside painting I also love printmaking and zine making! I was really drawn to working with Cotton on MCR for their accessible approach to the arts – this is something I’m super passionate about, and I think is really important in achieving a more diverse and inclusive art world!’ @rhianwenart


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