What’s On: October

Top Art Exhibitions and Events in Manchester

October is looking like a very busy month for exhibitions. We’ve researched and rounded up 5 of the best exhibitions in Manchester all in one place so you don’t have to – read on to find out more!

‘Human Measure’ by Cassils at HOME MCR

Image credit: Cassils / HOME MCR

This solo exhibition by Cassils, a transgender artist, combines live performance, sculpture, photography, sound design and film to discuss the history of LGBTQI+ representation, struggle and power. Cassils uses performance as a form of social sculpture, using their body as a tool to ‘share experiences for contemplating histories of violence, representation, struggle, and survival‘. This is an important, thought provoking exhibition which isn’t one to miss! Head to the link to find out more.

‘Human Measure’ | HOME MCR is on display from 2nd October until 12th December 2021

‘Walking in Two Worlds / Cerdded Mewn Dau Fyd’ at Oceans Apart

Image credit: Oceans Apart Gallery

‘Walking in Two Worlds’ is a group exhibition curated by Welsh artist Jonathan Powell. The exhibition brings together a collective of artist who share interests in ‘prehistoric art, the primitive, the shamanistic and the mysterious‘. The exhibition is split into two parts, one in Oceans Apart Salford, and the other in Oriel Carn Caernarfon in North Wales. Made up predominantly of paintings, the show features and takes inspiration from artist Henry van Kooten, an early 20th century Dutch artist, creating an intriguing crossover of the old and the new. Head to the website to find out more!

‘Walking in Two Worlds’ | Oceans Apart is on display from 9th October until 7th November 2021

‘Cyberjunk’ by John Powell Jones at Castlefield Gallery

Image credit: John Powell-Jones / Castlefield Gallery

‘Cyberjunk’ is an exciting new exhibition by John Powell-Jones which uses mixed media including 2D and 3D animation, ceramics, and life size characters to create a multisensory experience. His work explores Western power structures and dominant ideologies, and how they influence our perceptions of reality and morality. As described by Castlefield Gallery, ‘These ideas are explored through the use of speculative fiction, taking inspiration from European folklore, body horror, survival horror and science fiction. Powell-Jones aims to form a dialogue with our present and an imagined dystopian future in which the horrors of capitalism and neoliberal ideology are present as cyborgs, demons and maggots’. Follow the link for more info!

‘Cyberjunk | Castlefield Gallery is on display from 17th October until 19th December 2021

‘A Different Way of Seeing’ by Craig Jefferson at Contemporary Six

Image credit: Craig Jefferson / Contemporary Six

This exhibition at Contemporary Six, our previous Manc of the Month, is a display of paintings by artist Craig Jefferson, who’s subject matter mainly revolves around portraiture, figurative scenes and still life, using bold brush strokes and colour palette. As described by Peter Brown: ‘Craig’s paintings demand we look at them. They entice us in and hold our attention as we are taken on a journey across the paint surface.’ Head to the Contemporary Six website to find out more!

‘A Different Way of Seeing’ | Contemporary Six is on display from 16th October until 30th October 2021

‘Power Revealed’ by Mary Gabriel at Chuck Gallery

Image credit: Mary Gabriel / Chuck Gallery

‘Power Revealed’ is a vibrant, powerful exhibition by Mary Gabriel at the Chuck Gallery, an independent space that promotes modern & contemporary African art. The exhibition explores themes of respect and honour within womanhood, and is the first exhibition at the gallery since the start of the pandemic. Make sure you give it a visit and show your support!

Power Revealed’ | Chuck Gallery is on display from 3rd October until 21st October 2021


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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