Art exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Cornerhouse Projects: Gemma Parker & Layla Sailor

Thu 31 Jul 2014 – Tue 9 Sep 2014

Working with transgender muse Grace Oni Smith, artist Gemma Parker presents a new portrait inspired by the asthetic of Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Rossetti’s hyper-sensual paintings of women with strong, prominent features contested the diminutive and fragile vision of femininity idealised by the Victorians. In a series of chalk studies and a subsequent final portrait, Parker and Smith follow Rossetti’s example to champion an empowered, contemporary woman.

Layla Sailor presents images from her continuing Kokoshnik series, which explores traditional crafts, religious iconography and subverted female imagery. Initially beginning as experiments with pattern design, the portraits have developed into a celebration of the beauty of iconography. They also open a dialogue about the use of strong female imagery in politics and religion, and the reaction this can provoke. Some of Layla’s work has been used in protest posters for Pussy Riot and Artists Support Ukraine, successfully communicating political messages worldwide.

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Coming soon


Sat 22 Nov 2014 – Sun 15 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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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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