to 18 Aug Eileen Simpson and Ben White: Open Music Archive
to 8 Sep Stephenson’s Rocket Returns
to 15 Sep Ancient Textiles from the Andes
to 29 Sep Expect the Unexpected
to 27 Oct Football is Art
to 27 Oct And Breathe: Mindfulness in Art
to 10 Nov Beyond Faith: Muslim Women Artsts
to 10 Nov Nordic Craft & Design
to 5 Jan 2020 Halima Cassell: Eclectica
to 5 Jan 2020 The Sun
to 19 Apr 2020 Louise Giovanelli
What to see
You’ll find accounts of Manchester’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from firstname.lastname@example.org). For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Time Out Manchester, Visit Manchester or Manchester Wire.
Comment and colour
“On Liverpool Road you’ll find the Museum of Science & Industry. It’s surprising they didn’t add ‘& Space’, because this must have the largest floor area of any museum outside London. My first impression was that it lacked cohesion. But the thing to do is to leave the first building, the Great Western Warehouse, until last. By then, you will have realised that the museum is not nearly as overwhelming as you might have feared.
“The National Football Museum also felt too big, and disorientating. Rewarding in places – it’s good to see the statue of Michael Jackson in a football context again – it is a disappointment in others. How can the café attached to such a place not offer Pukka Pies? But there’s plenty to enjoy, including some table games guaranteed to generate nostalgia – the section has its own kiosk for doling out old coins to feed the machines.
“Manchester Art Gallery has more Hall of Fame entrants. If you like Lowry, this is the place for you. In Manchester they show Lowry alongside Adolphe Valette, his tutor. I’d say Valette was a better painter than a tutor and that the juxtaposition does neither any favours.”
(This is an extract from Towns of Two Halves. To read more on Manchester and 91 other places, order the book for £8 from email@example.com)