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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  • 22/04/2019 10:00 - 27/04/2019 17:00

    group exhibition: 'Sweet Debris' at Waterside arts

    A group exhibition featuring photography and objects by four rising, early career artists who find common inspiration in the cultural, social and visual detritus left in the wake of modernity.

    While today we live in a world inundated with images, Sweet Debris explores how photography can still find new expression amongst the rubble, through committed attention to the commonplace and disregarded.

    Exhibition ends 6th July

  • 22/04/2019 10:00 - 27/04/2019 17:00

    group exhibition: '493 Square Miles' at waterside arts

    Photographers Jake Aaron Howe, Adam Dickson and Chan-Yang Kim present a series of sensitive observations from the streets of Manchester.

    Each bring their unique perspectives of the street experience to light in pictures that are at turns full of energy, wry wit and tenderness.

    Exhibition ends 11th May

  • 23/04/2019 09:00 - 28/04/2019 16:00

    Group ExhibItion - Acquired: a century of collecting

    Charting a 100-year history of collecting this exhibition explores artworks from Salford Museum & Art Gallery and the University of Salford (link is external) collections.

    Painting, ceramics, sculpture, print and digital works are brought together as the exhibition considers how collections were and are supported, and in turn questions how public collections can support artists.

    Weekend Opening Times: 11:30am - 4:00pm


  • 23/04/2019 09:00 - 28/04/2019 16:00

    Beyond the Linear: Emma Lloyd

    Emma Lloyd dissects, reforms and translates language, pushing it beyond its constraints and reconfigures it, challenging its structural boundaries.

    Through installation, sculpture and printmaking, Emma explores the cognitive properties of sight, the shift between looking and reading, questioning not only what we see but how we interpret it.

    Weekend Opening times: 11:30am - 4:00pm

  • 23/04/2019 09:00 - 26/04/2019 18:00

    Group exhibition: Alicja Mrozowska and Dino Soteriou at GK Gallery

    Alicja explores identity, migration and being through oil paintings with portraits that are a celebration of unvoiced complexities behind our experiences, surroundings and relationships, referencing images and binding them to form a narrative, while paint acts as a guide.  Being playful and light-hearted with social constructs Alicja attempts to tap into familiar fluctuations of being a person.

    Dino is a Salford based visual practitioner whose interest’s centre on lost and forgotten spaces, celebrating the North West’s close and historic relationship with the textile industries.  Pattern, composition and colour feature heavily within Dino’s research, investigating a creative language that challenges perceptions of imagery and creates new hybrid motifs. By exploring links between people, spaces and buildings, redundant objects, forgotten energies and new possibilities arise from the work, simultaneously embracing the past and the present.

    Exhibition ends 26th April