I went to the Joy for Ever private view at The Whitworth Art Gallery on Thursday. The exhibition is a response to the 200th birthday of John Ruskin, so expect socialist, political work with lots of links to the North West (much like our own Ruskin-inspired exhibition, Unto this Last). The gallery was a joyful mixture of music, colour, drinks, artwork and ephemera, all linking in some way to Ruskin and his writings. There is loads to see in the gallery, from renowned traditional artists, to contemporary installation, and you can top it all off with a curry in the Curry Mile (as I did…).
You could do the same at The Old Courts by coming to see the range of work by Cross Street Artists that link to Ruskin in our very own Isherwood Gallery, and follow it up with a gorgeous meal at The Coven! Top it off by heading over to The Grand Vault for the launch of John Fairhurst's new album "Divided Kingdom". (Plus support from Della Noir's and Crimson Image). If you're looking for something for your little ones to get involved in, bring them to the Beautiful Industry - Kids Collage Making Workshop. Led by talented local artist Anna FC Smith, they will make fantastical collages of natural machines and overgrown factories inspired by Unto This Last. More info: Unto This Last can be found here
Check out Cross Street Arts here