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The Must-See Exhibitions in Manchester in 2017

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Updated: 3 March 2017
Manchester’s art scene might not get the national press that it deserves, but there are always an ever-changing array of exciting exhibitions on display around the city. Manchester International Festival’s upcoming programme announcement will no doubt add plenty more exciting exhibitions to this list, but these are the dates that we already have circled on our calendars for 2017.

Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond, Museum of Science and Industry

23 July 2016 – 25 June 2017

There’s still time for science lovers to view this exciting exhibition focused around the miraculous discovery of graphene just down the road at the University of Manchester. The super-lightweight material is invisible to the human eye but is incredibly conductive and 200 times stronger than steel, creating an unlimited future of opportunities all across the manufacturing industry. This exhibition delves into the history of graphene, explaining the cutting edge technology that incorporates its usage in an easy to understand, fun format.

Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Rd, Manchester, UK, +44 161 832 2244

Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry | © Ed Webster / Flickr


La Movida, HOME

14 April 2017 – 17 July 2017

Part of the Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival, Home’s upcoming major exhibition takes an in-depth look at the artistic and cultural movement of post-Franco Spain. Known as La Movida, this explosion of creativity in Madrid in the early 1980s was centred round the sudden freedom of expression with a large focus on hedonism. The exhibition focuses on both new commissions that relate to this time and existing works.

HOME, 2, Tony Wilson Place, First St, Manchester, UK, +44 161 200 1500

 

Never Going Underground, People’s History Museum

25 February 2017 – 3 September 2017

Curated by members of the local LGBTQ+ community, Never Going Underground fits in perfectly at the People’s History Museum, surrounded by permanent exhibits detailing the rise of democracy and people’s politics. Launched to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, this complex exhibition tells the story of the campaign against Section 28, detailing the fight for equality. Special mentions are given to the 1988 gathering in Manchester and other iconic moments over the past 50 years, including setbacks as well as celebrations.

People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, UK, +44 161 838 9190

Never Going Underground

Never Going Underground | © Made by Memo


Lucienne Day, Whitworth Art Gallery

14 April 2017 – 11 June 2017

Part of the nationwide Lucienne Day centenary celebrations, a collection of the textile designer’s most iconic works will be on display at Whitworth Art Gallery for a short period this spring. Part of the GROW project that encourages horticultural activities as a form of creativity and self-care, the exhibition will particularly draw on the influences that Day took from her love of gardening, showcasing how plant forms often appeared within her work.

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester, UK, +44 161 275 7450


Dinosaurs in the Wild, EventCity

7 October 2017 – 7 January 2018

There’s never been anything quite like Dinosaurs in the Wild unleashed in the UK before! An interactive adventure that both adults and children will adore, step back in time with Chronotex’s time machine that takes you back to the time of the dinosaurs. A real life Jurassic Park, you’ll take a ride through the plains in a 4×4 before you reach the scientific research station where you’ll observe scientists as they work alongside the biggest beasts that have ever lived on the planet. The highlight of the experience is an up close and personal experience with a T-Rex – you have been warned.

EventCity, Phoenix Way, Stretford, Manchester, UK , +44 161 870 9800

Lucienne Day, Whitworth Art Gallery 14th April – 11th June Part of the nationwide Lucienne Day centenary celebrations, a collection of the textile designers most iconic works will be on display at the Whitworth for a short period this spring. Part of the GROW project that encourages horticultural activities as a form of creativity and for mental well-being, the exhibition will particularly draw on the influences that Day took from her love of gardening, showcasing how plant forms often appeared within her work. Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester M15 6ER +44 161 275 7450

Experience Dinosaurs! | © Peter Harrison / Flickr


Sooni Taraporevala, Whitworth Art Gallery

4 March 201 7 – early 2018

The first UK solo exhibition from Indian photographer, screenwriter and filmmaker Sooni Taraporevala will be hosted at the Whitworth, focusing on her black and white photography. From the beginning of March, Taraporevala’s intimate images will be available for public view, showcasing life in the changing metropolis of Mumbai from 1976 up until the present day. Street photography at its very best, her work offers a view into everyday life, demonstrating how the people, the landscape, the culture and politics have changed over the past four decades.

Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Rd, Manchester, UK, +44 161 275 7450