What's On in January

Wednesday 03rd January 2018

What are you planning to do with your New Year restlessness? Well, there are a couple of brilliant things to do in January right here.

Last chance to see

Turner Prize 2017, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull (Ends 7 Jan)

Lubaina Himid with A Fashionable Marriage
Lubaina Himid with A Fashionable Marriage, Turner Prize 2017

Hull had a spectacular year as the UK’s City of Culture 2017 and the reverbs are still reverberating. In fact until 7 Jan you can still see the work of the 2017 Turner Prize nominees. Including the winner of the shiniest gong in the art world – Preston-born Lubaina Himid. Hurry!

A Day at the Seaside, Scarborough Art Gallery (Ends 7 Jan)

If you do love to be beside the seaside, as you’re always singing, then you’ll love the last few days of this excellent exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery. With posters, objects and a film made by the Yorkshire Film Archive, it focuses on Britain’s seaside heritage as well as showing the impact of tourism on the local area.

Paul Nash , Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle (Ends 14 Jan)

There are other urgent artistic goings-on in the North at the moment, specifically in Newcastle. Here you have until the 14th to see this much-lauded exhibition of Paul Nash, the landscape artist who was transformed into a surrealist by his experience as the official artist of WWI… who wouldn’t be?

Pioneers of Pop, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (Ends 20 Jan)

Pioneers of pop
Pioneers of Pop Exhibition

Also in Newcastle there’s an event centring around UK Pop Art pioneer Richard Hamilton who taught at Newcastle University in the 50s and 60s. There are 100 works by Hamilton and others such as David Hockney. This is also a chance to see the great work done on the new bright and airy Hatton Gallery which opened in October 2017 after a 20-month refurb.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, Leeds Central Library (Ends 29 Jan)

Harry Potter (Warner Bros.)
Harry Potter, Warner Bros.

Get to Leeds Central Library to step behind the magic curtain and see the foundations of Harry Potter’s universe. Puzzling over potions, delving into divination and fossicking about in folklore are just three (count ‘em!) of the activities the exhibition is offering. Take the magic people in your life to this inspired, entertaining and hugely educational event held in conjunction with the British Library.

Arty outings

PUSH Festival 2018, HOME, Tony Wilson Place, Manchester (12-27 Jan) 

There’s not much that isn’t taking place at Home’s annual PUSH festival. Theatre, art, multi-media, music…( sometimes all in just one show) are taking place in this celebration of creativity. There is something to suit all tastes and maybe new obsessions to be found at one of the most-loved events on Manchester’s cultural calendar.

Cerámica, RIBA North, Liverpool (Ends 24 Feb)

You’ve probably never considered how artists and architects can come together to create sustainable, low impact, construction solutions have you? Come on, be honest. Well, you’re in for a brain retrain: this exhibition will have you thinking about that and much more besides. Plus the exhibits are absolutely beautiful.


Star Gazing Safari, Spurn Point, East Riding of Yorkshire (13 Jan)

Spurn point is the tip of the thin, green finger of land that points towards Cleethorpes from the North Sea. And it’s on this beautiful point that you are invited to come and see the stars at night (the invite is open to four-year-olds and up) and you can even clamber up the lighthouse.

Chris Rock, Leeds First Direct Arena (14 Jan) and Glasgow SSE Hydro (24 Jan)

Is Chris Rock the greatest living comedian? We’re going with yes. And he’s in the UK for the first time in 10 years. Frankly, this is a rare opportunity to see one of the few people who can make some kind of sense out of the world right now. What’s more, he can make you laugh at the same time.

Celtic Connections, Glasgow (18 Jan-4 Feb)

There’s a saying: ‘There’s nowt so queer as folk’. But it’s not really relevant here. Celtic Connections instead is a leading festival covering folk, roots and world music with more than 2,000 artists in venues across the whole city. 2018’s celebration promises some brilliant one-off collabs and to show just how the Scottish music scene has evolved.

Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour, Leeds First Direct Arena (25-26 Jan)

Dadadada dadadaa dadadada doo…. Can you wait until September to hear that mesmerising Strictly tune again? If you can’t then you can enjoy it, dancers, celebrities, judges and diamante galore on the Strictly Tour. Admittedly you can’t enjoy it wrapped in a onesie with a packet of digestives to hand… but you can experience it live with the singers, the band and 150 costume changes… (costume changes for the dancers that is, not you).

A refreshing change

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival, Manchester Central (25-27 Jan)

Lots of beer and cider? Really, there’s nothing to see here, come on. Move along. Sure, last year they brought together 750 different types of beer and cider and this year they promise it will be bigger. That’s it! Yes, admittedly there will also be the best local and national street food traders too. But really... OK yes. It is organised by respected booze guardians CAMRA. See you there!

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