Town Hall Clock Tower Tours & Story | Manchester Town Hall | Sat 13 June

Take a trip up the Town Hall’s Clock Tower this weekend; breathe in the Manchester air from 200ft up and enjoy the views. Surrounded by the impressive High Victorian Gothic architecture, the watchful gargoyles and the immense Great Abel, the hour bell of Manchester Town Hall, this tour is a must for Mancunian lovers and superstructure enthusiasts alike.


LS Lowry - The Art & The Artist | The Lowry | Sat 13 June – Permanent Display

This summer the Lowry present a revitalised display of the Collection. More gallery space has been dedicated to the born and bred Mancunian artist with new exhibits on loan from across the nation. The diverse and innovative display of Lowry’s work consists of some of his most famous and cherished pieces, over 400 items to be precise.

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Cai Guo-Qiang, Unmanned Nature | Whitworth Art Gallery | Until 21 June

Whitworth showcases this original display of Cai Guo-Qiang’s work, the first time it has been outside of the Japanese city of Hiroshima. This premier installation of his collection Unmanned Nature (2008) comprises of a four metre-high gunpowder drawing which is an impressive 45 metres-long. This exhibition is the first to feature in the Whitworth’s new gallery featuring landscape artwork.

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Robert Walker | Portico Library | Until 29 June

Manchester born Robert Walker worked as an advertising photographer for over 27 years before taking the decision to concentrate on personal projects in 2007. He focuses on two of the most fascinating cities in the world, Venice and Rome and strives to capture the essence of a moment in a timeless, understated way.

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Tracing Paper | PAPER Gallery | Until 18 July

This exhibition wishes to portray how artists can utilise paper in different ways to create new forms of art. The gallery presents the work of nine North and North West artists who have participated on the Tracing PAPER mentoring scheme. The exhibition will mark the end of 6 months of professional mentorship, development, and critical discourse. Each of the artists involved will exhibit new work on paper, developed throughout the mentoring scheme.

The heart is deceitful above all things | Art Gallery at HOME | Until 26 July

Heartbreak – love, loss and desire in the 21st Century is the theme resonant throughout this display, sympathetic to all those affected by the trials and tribulations associated with romance. The collection unites a mixture of existing and new pieces, each responding to the vulnerability of the heart. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

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 New Narrative and Reader | Bury Art Museum | Until 29 August

The exhibition showcases a variety of Contemporary Finnish Art which can be enjoyed from the centre of Bury, without the need to travel to Helsinki. Sustaining their relationship with Finnish art, the Bury Art Museum highlights the latest additions to Laura Köönikkä impressive collection New Narrative and Reader this summer.

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Cotton Couture | Manchester Art Gallery | 19 June - 31 August

The outfits on display at this exhibition were designed for the catwalk and were created by London and Paris couturiers of the 1950’s. The Gallery of Costume houses a remarkable collection of designer dresses and suits commissioned by the Colour and Design Centre of the Cotton Board, a Manchester based organisation aiming to promote the use of cotton in fashion. The idea of the cotton board was to challenge predominant views of the lack of versatility cotton provides. The display will house twenty outfits from the collection along with contemporary fashion photographs and a film from a 1950’s catwalk show.

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The Now, The North: Hugh Winterbottom | Salford Art Gallery | Until 6 September

Local Manchester artist Hugh Winterbottom exhibits some of his finest pieces of work. His forte includes cityscapes of central Manchester and Salford spanning to the suburbs such as Stockport and more rural areas such as Derbyshire. This exhibition portrays the beauty of the North through his fresh vibrant style.

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Ladybird Books: The Story of Football | National Football Museum | Until 31 October

Take a trip down memory lane with this display of original artwork from Ladybird Books in the museum's Game Zone. The exhibition has been created to celebrate 100 years of Ladybird books and the display features artwork from the Ladybird footballing classic The Story of Football first published in 1964. Children will get the chance to recreate scenes from the book by dressing up in retro kit from our 'Story of Football' inspired kit bag box.

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