What’s On: December

Top Exhibitions and Art Events in Greater Manchester this December.

Whilst you’re out in the city month, doing your Christmas shopping, don’t forget to visit some of these events and exhibitions! Read on to find out more…

Lightwaves by Quays Culture in Salford Quays

Image Credit: Quays Culture

Lightwaves interactive light festival is returning to Salford Quays this December for a 10-day event. There will be several installations to explore with the pinnacle being ‘Floating Earth’ by Luke Jarman. In a year fraught with more climate disaster than ever this is an opportunity to reflect as we move in to 2022. The 10- metre wide piece details NASA imagery of the earth’s surface and aims to communicate our relationship with and responsibility towards the planet.

‘Lightwaves’ | 3rd-12th December 5-10pm

On The Brink Studio Open Day in Stockport

Image credit: On The Brink Studio

For one day only, on December 11th, On The Brink Studio will be hosting an open day. Photographer Elle Brotherhoods will be showcasing a collection of work and woodwork, prints and illustrations from other makers will be available to view and buy.

On the Brink Studio open day| Saturday 11th December 1-4pm

The Frost Fair at Whitworth Art Gallery

Image credit: The Whitworth

The Frost Fair will include live music, dancing, arts, crafts as well as firework finale (paying tribute to our key-workers). This is a great family friendly event covering the grounds of The Whitworth gallery and, after nearly two years of not being able to get together and party with friends, is a great opportunity to meet up with your pals and enjoy the festivities.

The Frost Fair | Saturday 4th– Sunday 5th December 11am- 7pm

Derek Jarman: Protest! at Manchester Art Gallery

Image credit: Manchester Art Gallery

The greatly anticipated exhibition Derek Jarman: Protest! will be opening very soon on 2nd December. There will be works on display, a film and accompanying events to attend. This exhibition will showcase Derek Jarman’s fantastic career as a filmmaker, painter, designer and LGBTQ+ activist and campaigner. We’ll be attending the press release for Derek Jarman: Protest! so keep an eye out for a Cotton On Manchester review!

‘Derek Jarman: Protest’ | 2nd December 2021- 10th April 2022

Perspectives +18 Exhibition at Leven Hotel

Image credit: Eventbrite

Hotel and venue Leven will be hosting the new exhibition Perspective +18 on 3rd December. As described on Eventbrite, “the show comprises of multi disciplinary outcomes based on artist work and experiences. Influences from pop art to 2D animation and drawing in a classical sense. Incorporating new approaches of capturing the beautiful relationship between the artist and the sitter from Manchester’s vibrant gay scene. While looking for ways to highlight uniqueness and individuality of those willing to participate.” Book your free tickets now!

‘Perspectives +18’ | Friday December 3rd 6pm


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