During the summer the best places to go to immerse yourself in culture is an exhibition hall and in Manchester you are never too far away from one.

The city holds various art galleries and museums which exhibit different artists every summer. Castlefield, Manchester Museum and Whitfield are a few of the many that exhibit different and fun expositions during this time of year.


Credit: Castlefield Facebook Page

Castlefield, found in Deansgate, is a small gallery yet still attracts up and coming artists. During the summer period there will be two major exhibits for the public to see.

From April 28 until June 11, the Castlefield is running an exhibit by animation artist Andrew McDonald.  The selection that will be displayed includes pre-existing pieces alongside two new ones.

The exhibit will also see the premiere of McDonald’s Restlessness, which tracks the flow of liquid as it pools, splashes and drips and how it is a never ending flow that can’t be contained. The Manchester based artist, who teaches at the University of Central Lancashire, has previously been exhibited at Chapter and MIMA.

Also in the Castlefield during the summer period will be a head to head exhibition between June 23 and August 6. Lindsay Bull and Plastique Fantastique will go parallel with each other in the gallery.

Liverpool biennial associate artist Bull has previously had work exhibited in galleries across London as well as in Italy.

Plastique Fantastique is collaboration between David BurrowsSimon O’Sullivan, Alex Marzeta and Vanessa Pages is a mythopoetic fiction – an investigation of aesthetics, the sacred, popular culture and politics – produced through comics, performances, text, installations and shrines.

More information about this exhibit is due to be released closer to the time.

To find out more on upcoming exhibitions visit here.

Whitworth Art Gallery

Whitworth Gallery is part of Manchester University and situated next to Whitworth Park on Oxford Road.  The gallery underwent a £15 million refurbishment in 2014 to become England’s first “gallery in the park”.

During the summer period it will host various different exhibitions, including the much anticipated Raqib Shaw solo exhibition.

Shaw’s exhibition will take place over six months starting on June 24 and will examine real and imagined spaces between the East and the West. Shaw’s paintings will combine with textiles, furniture and drawings from one of the Whitworth’s already existing collection that references Kashmir and the aesthetics of the East.

Another must see over the summer is the exhibition to mark the 100th birthday of Manchester born author Anthony Burgess. Named No End To Enderby, the exhibition will see the collaboration between artist Steven Sutcliffe and director Graham Eatough to explore the authors series of Enderby novels.

whitworth gallery
Credit: Whitworth Art Gallery Facebook Page

This exhibit will be found in gallery 11 and 12 from June 30 to September 17.

For more exhibits check out the site here.

Manchester Museum

Manchester Museum is part of the University of Manchester and can be found on Oxford Road in the centre of the university campus.

A must see summer exhibition in the heart of Manchester Museum is “Object Lessons.” Running from May 19 to August 20, the exhibition will see George Loudon’s private collection go on public display for the first time.

It will display his captivating collection of 19th century life science teaching objects that will offer visitors a unique opportunity to view the natural world as a Victorian scientist may have.

The collection will be explored through seven themes including Craftsmanship, Understanding the Body and Framing Time.

Find out more here.


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