Top Exhibitions and Events in November.

You read that correctly… it is November already! The year really has passed us by and there’s been a few (too many) hiccups along the way. One of the big hiccups being there’s no Christmas Markets this year – BOO! No more strolling around the city centre and spending too much money on a hot chocolate (whilst trying to not get in every couples pic for Insta). But, there are still some exciting new art events to keep you going instead!

Update: Following the announcement of the new national four-week lockdown, some of these exhibitions and events have been postponed or cancelled. Please check the venues website for updates.

Grayson’s Art Club

Grayson’s Art Club’ at Manchester Art Gallery

This exhibition is a collection of work from Grayson Perry himself, as well as the public, celebrities, and members of his art club. Here at Manchester Art Gallery you will see all the work that’s been made in response to the lockdown. This all stems from Grayson’s Channel 4 show earlier in the year of the same name, with him and his wife Phillipa, asking for work to be submitted, any work, any medium, with different themes each week. There’s a great mix then of novices and ‘everyday’ folk, to artists such as Jeremy Deller, Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, and Martin Parr. Plus, there’s even a decent list of celebs including: Jenny Eclair, Noel Fielding, Harry Hill, Jessica Hynes, Joe Lycett, Kevin McLeod, Jim Moir (aka Vic Reeves) and Liza Tarbuck! It’ll be a great display, wide and varied and something to add some much needed atmosphere back to Manchester Art Gallery.

Now postponed, expected to open in December, please check galleries website/social media for updates.


Obstructions’ at Castlefield Gallery

‘Obstructions’ is an exciting and interesting exhibition with a few more rules than your standard group exhibition. For this, 15 artists across the North West were asked to re-make an existing piece of work, however, there was a catch; they had to accept an ‘obstruction’ given to them by another artist taking part. This asked for the artists to be challenged by something they had no choice over, and to overcome it. This, in turn has forced the artist to create work they otherwise wouldn’t usually create, but has offered them a new angle to view themselves and their practice. A huge mix of interesting challenges created, that aren’t as challenging to take in and enjoy in this varied and versatile exhibition. Originally online, this exhibition will now be live inside Castlefield Gallery.

Dates: 22 November 2020 – 17 January 2021 (No news yet of new dates – please check galleries website for opening days)

War Works

‘War Works’ at AIR Gallery

This exhibition at AIR Gallery in Altrincham is poignant, thought-provoking, with a bit of a humorous twist, combining modern day with the past war memorials. This timely exhibition coincides with Remembrance Day as artist David Dunnico presents ‘prints, sculpture, installations, and video inspired by his interest in the First World War’s memorials and rituals.’ Although ‘War Works’ has a serious subject matter, Dunnico presents art that encompasses dark humour, reflecting on the idea that ‘many people who have experienced war, absurdity seems the only sensible response.’ Dunnico wants us to question the symbols we know so well that relate to the war, symbols such as the Poppy. He uses his art to make us question these symbols and force us to think about the things we take for granted.

Now postponed – due to open in December – please check galleries website/social media for updates


‘BRUTAL’ at Saul Hay Gallery

This new exhibition of paintings and sculptures features one of our previous Manc of the Month artists Jen Orpin, alongside some amazing other names including Mandy Payne and William Braithwaite. The works featured in ‘BRUTAL’ is inspired by the everyday, built environment, focusing on modernist an brutalist architecture. We’re expecting this exhibition to be both visually pleasing and thought-provoking too.

Now postponed, expected to open in December, please check galleries website/social media for updates.

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Please check each gallery’s website for opening times and any Covid-19 restrictions.

Featured image courtesy of Castlefield Gallery with ‘Obstructions’.

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