What’s on: September

Top Exhibitions and Art Events this month.

With Summer now coming to an end, it’s time to start filling the calendar for the upcoming colder months. Fear not, we’ve rounded up all the best exhibitions and events coming up this September – read on to find out more!

‘Still Parents’ at The Whitworth

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Launched originally in October 2019, ‘Still Parents’ is a project that began as a support system for parents who had experienced the loss of a baby both in pregnancy and after birth. This project provided workshops to help support grieving parents and to use art as a way of exploring and sharing their experiences. This exhibition is a display of the art created in the workshops, which took place both in person and over zoom from March 2020 onwards. As described by the Whitworth; ‘This is the first exhibition of its kind creating a platform to share personal stories, start conversations and aim to break the silence around, one of the few remaining taboos, baby loss.’

‘Still Parents’ | The Whitworth is on display from 24th September 2021 until September 2022.

‘Remnant’ by Twinkle Troughton at Paper Gallery

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‘Remnant’ is an exhibition by Twinkle Troughton which explores ‘fascination with human traces left upon the landscape.’ Twinkle is interested in how these remnants tell stories, and uses oil paint on paper to create small-scale artworks which lie between myth and reality. Twinkle’s works look like they’ve come straight from a fairy tale book, turning both the positive and negative remnants of human life into beautiful artworks.

Remnant’ | Paper Gallery is on display from 25th September until 30th October 2021.

Sheba Festival 2021

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Sheba Festival 2021 is a week long festival which will take place across multiple venues in Greater Manchester, including Manchester Central Library and Hulme Community Garden Centre. The theme of the festival is ‘Home is Where the Heart is’, and will showcase the best community and migrant art of Greater Manchester! This includes visual art, music, performers and more from across the North. The festival will be vibrant, diverse, and the perfect way to explore all the creativity that Greater Manchester and beyond has to offer!

Sheba Festival 2021 | will run from 13th September until 19th September 2021

The Naming of Things’ at Castlefield Gallery

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This group exhibition curated by Bryony Dawson, explores the possibilities of immateriality and how it can ‘expand and mutate in virtual space’ to construct imaginary architectures, and give voices to ‘intangible phenomena’. The artists in this exhibition have used a mix of writing, film, sculpture and sound to explore topics including quantum physics, psychological space, and everyday encounters. This is a thought provoking and unique exhibition which will challenge your way of thinking – it’s not one you want to miss!

‘The Naming of Things’ | Castlefield Gallery is on display from 1st September until 3rd October 2021.

Withington Walls Project

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Withington Walls is a community street art project that aims to reinvigorate the area by commissioning and displaying art for the walls and shutters of Withington Village. Funded by public donations and run by volunteers, the project’s only intention is to revive Withington’s walls and to make it a brighter and happier place to be, whilst also giving Greater Manchester artists a platform for their work. Why not visit Withington and see which artworks you can spot around the area!

Withington Walls is a project that is permanently on display around Withington


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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