Galleries Re-Opening in the North of England

Holly Eliza Temple

It won’t be long before we’re wandering the halls of our favourite museums and galleries and exploring the work that has been created and archived over the past year. Here we’ve rounded up five of our top galleries across the North of England that will give London a run for its money, and are opening their doors soon to culture-hungry visitors. 


The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk, Wakefield
Named after one of the most exemplary Modern artists, Barbara Hepworth, the Hepworth Wakefield is dedicated to displaying modern and contemporary art, as well as celebrating Barbara Hepworth’s life, art and working process. The gallery’s new garden is already open daily for passers-by to enjoy, but the gallery building is set to open its doors on Friday 21st May once restrictions ease. The re-opening will kick off with Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life – the largest exhibition of the artist’s work since her death in 1975.

Tate Liverpool
Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool
Hoping to re-open on Monday 17th May, Tate Liverpool will continue its exhibition of more than 200 photographs by Don McCullin, documenting the conflict, displacement and poverty of the north and worldwide. The gallery will also be displaying work as part of Liverpool Biennial, the largest contemporary art festival in the UK, until 20th June 2021. This year’s Biennial is titled The Stomach and the Port, exploring how the human body connects to the world around us.


BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
S Shore Road, Gateshead
The landmark gallery that is BALTIC Gateshead is set to re-open its 2,600 sq. metres of art space on Wednesday 19th May. The gallery will launch BALTIC Open Submission, an open-call exhibition featuring over 150 artists based in the North East. Up until now the display has been available via an impressive 3D virtual tour, but now will be available to view up close and personal until September. Also launching will be Pakui Hardware (Neringa Cerniauskaite and Ugnius Gelguda)’s Virtual Care, a poignant and timely imagining of technology’s role in human care.


Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street, Manchester
Manchester’s historic art gallery hopes to open on Wednesday 19th May with the launch of Grayson Perry’s Grayson’s Art Club exhibition – which will display the diverse range of work created during the UK’s lockdown, in response to the artist’s Channel 4 programme. Covering themes such as animals, the view from my window, home, and Britain, the exhibition will showcase the public’s work selected by Perry, as well as pieces by featured celebrities and artists such as Joe Lycett, Jenny Eclair, Martin Parr and David Shrigley. The free exhibition will require booking, launching on 5th May. 


Grundy Art Gallery
Queen Street, Blackpool
Grundy Art Gallery has provided Blackpool with displays of new, current artwork for over a century, and will continue to do so once the gallery can re-open later this month. Grundy will launch its new exhibition, Remote Work, which brings together the work of five artists/groups created over a one year commission. Alongside this exhibition will be new work by Turner Prize-winning Lubaina Himid. The Mourning Kangas is a series of paintings exploring the colourful motifs and communicative powers of patterned kangas. The gallery will announce its re-opening date soon.

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