Thread Bearing Witness

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Alice Kettle: Thread Bearing Witness

From the Barberini Tapestries to the Bayeux Tapestry, monumental textiles in the form of large-scale narrative embroideries, weaving and tapestries have been used to illustrate contemporary events to become enduring material chronicles. Thread Bearing Witness is a major new series of large textiles, and other works, to be shown at the Whitworth, that considers cultural heritage, refugee displacement and movement, while engaging with individual migrants and their creativity within the wider context of the global refugee crisis.

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  • 23/02/2019 11:00 - 23/02/2019 18:00

    solo exhibition: 'Tunnel Vision' by artist Genevieve Slater at bunker gallery

    Genevieve Slater creates moments that draw on the comical catastrophe of our basic human experience. By elevating the ordinary and everyday, and drawing on the humour found in the all consuming nature of the human condition, Slater considers our obsession with ourselves. Motivated by a yearning for a common bond and shared oneness, Slater aims to instil a sense empathy in her audience. Contemplating the nuances of feeling and the jeopardy, tragedy and hilarity found in our idiosyncrasies, she acknowledges the magnitude of the trivial, highlighting the universality of the individual struggle.

    Exhibition ends 6th April.

  • 23/02/2019 11:00 - 23/02/2019 17:00

    solo exhibition: 'Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real' by Caitlin Griffiths at paradise works

    Caitlin Griffiths presents new photographic work-in-progress made following her residency to the Niels Bohr archive in Copenhagen. Starting from Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen Interpretation which theorized that reality is only summoned into existence through the act of looking at it, Griffiths’ aims to draw parallels between observation theory and identity formation. Taking its title from an often shared Niels Bohr's quote (on the nature of Quantum Physics), the exhibition explores the relationship between reality and individual identity through two new series which draw on photography's means to observe and document place, people and performance.

  • 23/02/2019 11:00 - 23/02/2019 17:00

    solo exhibition: 'The Girl & the Nettle' by artist Niina Lehtonen Braun at Paper gallery

    The works are populated by an assortment of female characters: the recluse, the mother, the nurturer, the carer, the mistress, all deeply engrossed in their task and consumed in their very existence. Yet there is a moment of confusion: these beautiful women are confronted with anxiety and self doubt.

    The exhibition focuses on the different roles of women. In one work, a lady, naked and alone in bed, sips champagne whilst watching Fellini's Roma (1972) on a portable television. Surrounding her is a wash of maudlin hues, and at the centre of which, a black balloon floats menacingly above her head; almost a reversal of Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon (1956), extinguishing all hope. Pain and beauty are themes that run throughout Lehtonen Braun's art.

    Exhibition ends 6th April

  • 23/02/2019 11:00 - 23/02/2019 17:00

    Group exhibition: 'Portray/Portrait' at PS Mirabel

    Portray/Portrait is a group show of artists whose work reflects an interest in exploring the notion of portraiture. Featured artists are Roxana Allison, Tyrone Anderson, Greg Fenwick, Raul Guiterrez, David Hancock, Ruth Murray and Michelle Topping.

    Exhibition runs from 14th February - 6th April

  • 24/02/2019 12:00 - 01/03/2019 18:00

    Solo exhibition - Simeon Barclay: Life Room at Holden Gallery

    The Holden Gallery is delighted to present Simeon Barclay’s first solo exhibition in Manchester. Barclay – whose work operates at the intersection of contemporary art, fashion, music and popular culture – will present a survey of existing work alongside new work which will include a response to the historic collections at Manchester School of Art.

    Open till 7pm Thursdays.

    Exhibition ends 29th March.