Stroker’s Picks: Bank Holiday Culture

Posted on May 23, 2014


It’s the Bank Holiday weekend! The sun might be threatening to come out, but it’s time for you to get your culture on with our pick of some of the most exciting and controversial exhibitions on in the area the moment:

Pick of the week: 

Collider: The World’s Greatest Experiment
The Museum of Science and Industry, Liverpool Road, Manchester

The Collider exhibition at MOSIWe were lucky enough to see a bit of this being installed at MOSI, but this summer Manchester is bound to be rocked and amazed by the Hadron Collider in a very special exhibition.

Buried deep under the border between Switzerland and France, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider is the work of 10,000 men and women from across the globe, united in their quest to uncover the fundamental building blocks of our universe.

This immersive exhibition blends theatre, video and sound art with real artefacts from CERN, recreating a visit to the famous particle physics laboratory.

MOSI will take you behind the scenes to witness the uncovering of the Higgs boson, explore the 27km collider and its cathedral-sized detector caverns, and discover how studying the subatomic world can point the way to a fuller understanding of our universe.

See history being made. Meet engineers who build the impossible. Walk the tunnels of CERN. Stand in the heart of a collision. Witness a moment of discovery. Step inside the world’s greatest experiment.

Images thanks to MOSI / Chris Foster


Coronation Street: The Tour
Old Granada Studios, Atherton Street/Great John Street, Manchester

RoversThe nation’s most famous cobbles have opened up for a limited period only allowing you to walk in the footsteps of Fiz and Tyrone, Jack and Vera and many other famous Coronation Street characters.

This highly popular tour will lead you around some of the iconic sets including the Rovers Return, around some of the cast’s dressing rooms before it’s your chance to set foot on the cobbles for yourself and wander around Weatherfield!

And if you’re really, really lucky, I will be your tour guide!

For more details, visit the Coronation Street Tour website here.


Snail Porridge
Castlefield Gallery, Hewitt Street, Manchester

SnailPorridgeIt’s already gone down a storm, but Snail Porridge is a new exhibition of artwork, music and writing from prisons, secure hospitals, secure children’s homes and by people on probation in the North West.

The collection of works on show have been selected from entries to the Koestler Awards – a charitable scheme that has been rewarding artistic achievement in the penal and secure sectors for over 50 years.

Curated by Bob and Roberta Smith, they join Professor David Wilson in conversation on Saturday 24 May in an enlightening conversation about the wider socio-political issues surrounding arts education and awards for prisoners.

A second talk on Thursday 29 May will look more closely at Artists in Prison with a discussion on the ethical and practical implications of artists working in prison with Carolyn Curtis Magri and David Hancock. Both talks are free, but booking is advised.


Clifford Owens: Better the Rebel You Know
Cornerhouse, Oxford Road, Manchester

Clifford OwensIn October 2013 Clifford Owens invited people to take part in the process of creating Photographs with an Audience: Manchester. During sessions held over two nights, he prompted the group to reveal personal information (‘who has experienced an eating disorder’, ‘who is in love’, ‘who has an alcoholic parent’). The group bravely and generously laid themselves bare, revealing intimate details about their lives. Reacting to their responses, Owens constructed a series of photographic compositions, capturing his audience’s histories, personalities and identities, and the exchanges that took place during the performances.

The photographs will be shown in the galleries as a collection of sequences, portraits and diptychs. Capturing fleeting moments and divulging the group’s confessions and conversations, they encourage us to question the relationship between the performances and their depiction on film.

For his second new commission Owens presents Anthology (2014), an extension of a work that debuted in New York in 2011. During a residency period Owens will present a series of live performances, delivering ‘scores’ (short sets of instructions, some specific, others open to interpretation) contributed by over 20 British artists whose work considers ideas of race, class and difference.

Controversial and edgy, this exhibition pushed boundaries before it even opened. If the exhibition leaves you hungry for more, why not sample the Cornerhouse’s food and drink selection?


Liverpool Art Fairimg_liverpool
The Gallery Liverpool, Stanhope Street, Liverpool

Liverpool Art Fair returns with its an annual four day event which aims to showcase a wide range of affordable original art by a plethora of local artists; providing a unique insight into the region’s creative talent and the opportunity for everyone, from seasoned collector to first time art buyer, to own their own piece of the Liverpool art world.


Art of Dissent: Mark Thomas, Tracey Moberly, Greg Matthews and Rikki Blue
Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield

You’ve just got time over the Bank Holiday to pop across the Pennines to this intriguing exhibition at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery. Traditionally comics finish touring the country by releasing a DVD. Mark Thomas finishes his with an art exhibition.

In the course of a year Mark attempted to commit 100 acts of minor dissent. Some were successful, some were silly, some failed and some were beautiful: the Art of Dissent is an occasionally explicit celebration of the project.

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