Art exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Clifford Owens: Better the Rebel You Know

Sat 10 May 2014 – Sun 17 Aug 2014, Mon - Closed, Tue - Sat 12:00 - 20:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00

Clifford Owens’s debut European exhibition features key existing work and two new commissions: A UK version of a work first developed for New York’s MoMA PS1 and a piece involving participants from Manchester that challenges the boundaries of performance and image making.

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Cornerhouse Projects/ Mario Popham: Enduring Growth

Thu 19 Jun 2014 – Tue 29 Jul 2014

Photographer Mario Popham presents Enduring Growth, a series of black and white images shot on large format film that document his study of struggle and renewal within his adopted home, Manchester. Despite the vast sea of red brick and concrete, Enduring Growth champions a stubborn resolve by both nature and the city’s inhabitants to survive and adapt in the face of limited opportunity. The resulting work is a thoughtfully observed series showing moments of optimism and renewed potential across some of Manchester’s most neglected locations.

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Coming soon


Sat 22 Nov 2014 – Sun 22 Mar 2015, Mon - Closed, Tue - Sat 12:00 - 20:00, Sun 12:00 - 18:00

With the move to our new First Street location in Spring 2015 to become HOME, we’re excited to present Playtime, an ambitious group show featuring new commissions by nine international artists, filmmakers and musicians who pay tribute to our triangular three-storey brick structure that we have called home since 1985. The exhibition will culminate in The Storming, a spectacular, one-off performance to close the venue by Manchester-based artist Humberto Vélez.

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Cornerhouse Projects / Gemma Parker & Layla Sailor

Thu 31 Jul 2014 – Tue 9 Sep 2014

When it came to defining beauty, the Victorians idealised a diminutive, fragile and delicate vision of femininity, unlike the subsequent shift in approach by the Pre-Raphaelite painters, who were drawn to more striking, bohemian models. Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s paintings are hyper-sensual and bordering upon fetishistic; focusing on tall necks, full

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Qasim Riza Shaheen: Autoportraits in love-like conditions

Sat 6 Sep 2014 – Sun 2 Nov 2014

Autoportraits in Love-like Conditions includes performance, film, photography, audio recordings, drawings and mixed media, and features new commissions produced by Shaheen over a 12-month period spent in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. It will focus on silent tales of love and the connections between people, while exploring simulated moments of intimacy with strangers through imagery and role-play.

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Sophia Al-Maria: Virgin With A Memory

Sat 6 Sep 2014 – Sun 2 Nov 2014

Artist, filmmaker and writer Sophia Al-Maria, who rose to fame with her 2012 memoir The Girl Who Fell to Earth, presents a newly commissioned body of work for her first major exhibition, Virgin with a Memory.

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