What’s On MCR: January

With Christmas coming to an end and we are all have a little less pounds in our bank (and maybe more pounds on our bodies) we have compiled a list of events taking place in Manchester to kick off the New Year and get you back out and off the sofa!

First Breath – Factory International


‘Breathe light into the dark winter nights this January with First Breath – a light installation by visual artist Luke Jerram that sees beams of light shoot up into the city skyline and slowly pulse to represent the moment a newborn takes its first gasp of air. Taking place from 1st – 29th January 2023, the event is open from 4-10pm every evening except Mondays.’

First Breath | Factory International | 1st – 29th January

(Un)Defining Queer – The Whitworth


‘This exhibition delves into Whitworth’s collection to explore how we can use a queer lens to define what the term ‘queer’ means. The exhibition includes artists such as Ajamu X, Niki de Saint Phalle, Dame Ethel Walker, General Idea and David Hockney, as well as many other queer artists who have paved the way for queer art and acceptance. The project and exhibition is co-led by a group of LGBTQIA+ people and seeks to redress historic omissions that have existed as a result of heteronormative museum practice.’


‘Salford-based artist Tara Collette presents a solo exhibition that explores the impact of gentrification and the lack of affordable housing in Manchester, which has seen many local communities forced elsewhere for housing.

The exhibition brings forth a series of politically charged banners alongside a collection of photographs that highlight the rapid developments in our city. With themes of social consciousness that force us to reflect on these issues that face our communities, taking inspiration from the anti-gentrification protests in 1980s New York.’

Tara Collette | HOME mcr | 21st January – 2nd April

Groundwork – Manchester Craft & Design Centre


‘Manchester Craft and Design Centre has chosen this years winners from Manchester School of Art, 16th award-winning graduates – Bruno Schooling, Isobelle Hayes and Carlie Smith. These BA (Hons) Product Design and Craft graduates caught the attention of the centre through their use of clay in response to nature.

Drawing inspiration from traditional craft practices and nature in urban settings, these graduates demonstrate how ceramics and the environment are linked. This collection of work reflects on sustainable ceramic practices and encourages the admiration of nature.’

Groundwork | Manchester Craft and Design Centre | 16th January – 1st April

Venture Arts: Narratives – The Lowry


‘The Lowry presents a collaborative exhibition NARRATIVES with Venture Arts, as part of our EDIT series. fusion of drawing, film, performance, sound, and installation. third cycle of the pioneering ‘Conversations Series’ by Venture Arts; a programme of four artistic projects and residencies first established in 2016 aimed at creating new work in a shared exchange of art and ideas. 

NARRATIVES is a collaborative exhibition with Venture Arts that combines drawing, film, performance, sound and installation into one place, as part of The Lowry’s EDIT series. It is the third cycle of the ‘Conversations Series’ by Venture Arts, a non-profit organisation that supports people with learning disabilities reach their full potential through visual arts and culture.’

Narratives | The Lowry | 16 January – 26 February

Chinese Painting Workshop: Bold Bauhaus

We have a workshop for you int month to tie in with Chinese New Year (which is on Sunday 22nd January). Come and learn the art of Sumi-e or traditional Chinese painting. From birds, to flowers and landscapes using individual brush strokes on rice paper.

You will learn different brushstrokes and be given different exercises to practice the art of Chinese painting. You will then create one/two paintings to take home. These final pieces can include blossom trees, bamboo sticks and leaves, or maybe a mountain scenery.

Chinese Painting | Bold, Bauhaus | 22nd Jan | £26.50

If you have an exhibition or event you would like us to promote, let us know and get in touch!

Related Articles

No More Art All Dayer’s

No More Art All Dayer’s

Why we won't be hosting this event. So we always try to be an open business here at Cotton On MCR, we try and share as much as we can about the decisions we make, why we make them and what work we do etc. With that in mind, I thought it best to write a recap of our...

End of Year Recap

End of Year Recap

So the time has come, new year new me and all that jazz. It's time to look back and evaluate 2022 and what happened. To review the highs, and the lows, see what worked, what we learnt, and what we are taking on to 2023! I like to write things down so thought that...

What’s On MCR: December

What’s On MCR: December

So there is obviously one big event happening this December - Christmas 2022! However, before that great day, there are art events for you to attend! Here's our list of what's on in Greater Manchester this month. West Art Collective X Union Sound System: Mystify 2.0...