Select 2022

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Grimmfest, now in its 14th year, premieres new horror, cult, fantasy and sci-fi films, and hosts Q&As with filmmakers and talks with experts. Among this year’s offerings are Final Cut (pictured), a French remake of Japanese zombie film One Cut of the Dead.

6-9 Oct, Odeon Great Northern (


Six of Daniel Arsham’s bronze sculptures, which he describes as “future relics”, will be shown throughout the month in the 18th century Formal Garden, including three-metre-tall Bronze Eroded Venus of Arles, Arsham’s rendition of the ancient marble statue of Aphrodite from the first century BC.

From 1 Oct, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (


Long-time Big Issue North supporter and punk/folk singer-songwriter Frank Turner, who recently released his ninth studio album, FTHC, is returning to the North next month (also visiting Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester) as part of his 2022 European tour, The Never Ending Tour of Everywhere.

7 Oct, O2 Academy (


A Thousand Feet Deep is an immersive theatre experience that explores the history and spirit of Knowsley borough and its people via an atmospheric journey through local myths and folklore, created in collaboration with residents both experienced in and new to the arts.

7-9 Oct, Stadt Moers Park (


The Craft Centre and Design Gallery is marking its ruby anniversary with its finale shows – five exhibitions of contemporary craft by UK artists, including Misun Won (pictured). Mediums include jewellery, ceramics, prints, glass, wood, textiles and mixed media.

8 Oct-28 Jan 2023, Craft Centre and Design Gallery (


Helen Forrester’s Twopence to Cross the Mersey, written in 1974, set in the Great Depression and telling the captivating biographical story of her difficult early years, returns with a cast of nine playing over 40 characters and including Coronation Street’s Mark Moraghan (pictured).

4-6 Oct, Blackpool Grand Theatre (


Experimental instrumental group Public Service Broadcasting, who sample old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, are visiting the North (also playing Liverpool) on their tour of their recent studio album Bright Magic, which reached number two in the UK vinyl charts.

9 Oct, O2 Academy Sheffield (


Live in conversation, Graham Norton will discuss his new novel, Forever Home, about a divorced teacher with an adult son living in a small Irish town whose second chance at romance is complicated by local gossip, and share tales from throughout his career.

3 Oct, York Theatre Royal (


In 2021 Brooke Combe won the Breakthrough Female prize at the Scottish Music Awards.
This year, the 21 year old’s debut single Are You With Me? topped the Official Vinyl Singles chart. She brings her captivating sound to the North.

29 Sept, Jimmy’s (


Ramps on the Moon perform an innovative reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, enriching classic stories and the ways they are told by putting deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.

27 Sept-1 Oct, Leeds Playhouse (


The MP, Aunty Mandy & Me explores consent, coercion and grooming within the gay male community with biting humour and contemporary social commentary when Dom, who feels isolated living in a small Northern village, has a chance encounter with his local MP.

28-29 Sept, Grand Theatre Studio (


Built on firm foundations of no-nonsense female empowerment, Delilah Bon, now touring the UK, fuses hip-hop, punk, nu-metal and everything in between to prick up the ears and turn the heads of an army of women and girls who love what she represents.

29 Sept, The Leadmill (


With music by Joss Stone (pictured)
 The Time Traveller’s Wife: The Musical tells the tale of Henry who is often and uncontrollably ripped out of time, never knowing where or when he’s going next, except he knows he’ll always come back to his beloved wife, Clare – whether she’s five years old or 85.

30 Sept-5 Oct, Storyhouse (


Brian Gorman’s New Dawn Fade: A Play About Joy Division & Manchester, produced by All Roads Meet and narrated by Alan Donohoe as Tony Wilson, takes the audience on a whistle stop tour of 2,000 years of Mancunian history, uncovering the often-surprising influences on Joy Division’s music and exploring love, passion and grief.

29-30 Sept, RNCM Theatre (


In Ladies Unleashed, the third instalment in Amanda Whittington’s Ladies Trilogy, a group of friends reunite on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where they face ageing and the next stage of their lives with humour, drama and some ghostly goings on.

29 Sept-22 Oct, Hull Truck Theatre (


Yorkshire Rocks & Dinghy Fights by
Jim Moir features unseen and original surrealist paintings direct from the visual artist and comedian’s studio. This will be the first time Moir has exhibited in his native Yorkshire and will include over 50 new images including Bowie’s Boots (pictured). 

22 Sept-8 Oct, RedHouse Gallery (


Yellow Submarine – Bill Morrison’s Odyssey Through Pepperland features drawings and sketches from the American comic artist and takes its audience on a fantastical journey with
The Beatles, passing through the Sea of Monsters and Sea of Green to Pepperland before rescuing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from the Blue Meanies.

23 Sept-2 Jan, Windermere Jetty Museum (


Award-winning and critically acclaimed director Atri Banerjee presents a bold new production of Tennessee Williams’s
The Glass Menagerie in which Tom remembers his mother Amanda, his sister Laura and the overwhelming responsibility
of family ties that bind you for life.

2 Sept-8 Oct, Royal Exchange Theatre ( 


The world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’s 87th play, Family Album, follows housewife Peggy (Georgia Burnell) and RAF veteran John (Antony Eden) as they proudly move into their first home in 1952. In the same house in 1992, their daughter Sandra frantically negotiates the challenges of a 10 year old’s birthday party without her AWOL husband, and in 2022 their granddaughter, Alison, and her partner, Jess, finally escape the house she unwillingly inherited. 

2 Sept-1 Oct, Stephen Joseph Theatre ( 


A redesigned gallery space by local artist Chila Kumari Singh Burman is now open to the public. With a mixture of culture-clashing visuals, neons and sculptures, the gallery is an installation in its own right and a space for the presentation of artworks by FACT’s artists-in-residence. 

Ongoing, FACT ( 


In Something in Common textile artist James Fox explores ideas of public land rights and how the subtle use of craft can be used to subvert power in society. Fox has created new work that investigates society’s relationship with the countryside, displayed alongside key landscape paintings from the Lakeland Arts collection.

Until 9 Oct, Blackwell ( 


Home is Not a Place is an exhibition by Sheffield-born photographer, writer and broadcaster Johny Pitts, who’s documented his journey around the UK by focusing on the Black British experience. Pitts was joined in his red Mini Cooper by poet Roger Robinson and the pair have collaborated on an accompanying book. 

Until 24 Dec, Graves Gallery (


Thomas Bateman (1821-1861) was a Victorian antiquarian who founded a museum at his Derbyshire home exhibiting artefacts and specimens from across the globe. Brought to Light: The Remarkable Bateman Collection is a display of some of his local archaeology collection, as well as minerals, ceramics, metalwork and fossils. (Pictured: Necklace of jet and bone beads, from Wind Low, Derbyshire, 2500-900BC.)

Until 2023, Weston Park Museum (


The Football Art Prize received submissions celebrating the sport from around the world. Some 50 shortlisted entries are displayed in an exhibition taking in painting, photography, film and collage and everything from the muddy grit of grassroots clubs to the riches and hero worship of the sport at its height.

Until 30 Oct, Millennium Gallery (


Inspired by the Earle Collection of documents at the International Slavery Museum, artist Khaleb Brooks’s Jupiter’s Song is a pop-up exhibition exploring identity and how the experiences of the past manifest today. The exhibition coincides with the artist’s first solo show at Gazelli Art House in London.

Until 30 Oct, International Slavery Museum ( 


Bright colours, intricate patterns, statement tattoos and fantastical accessories make up sculpture the Manchester Argonaut, which marks the start of a new programme about the history of disabled people’s rights and activism. It is the work of internationally acclaimed
artist Jason Wilsher-Mills.

Until 2023, People’s History Museum ( 


A new exhibition in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, Creative Connections Sheffield brings together 30 portraits of the pioneers, performers, athletes and artists synonymous with the city including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Alex Turner, Sean Bean and Mary Queen of Scots. 

30 June-2 Oct, Millennium Gallery (


When Dreams Confront Reality is a new exhibition drawn from the Sherwin Collection, arguably the most important privately-owned collection of British Surrealism. It features paintings, collage, works on paper, ceramics and sculpture by artists including Agar, Banting, Ernst, Moore, and Roland Penrose (pictured: Roland Penrose, Unsleeping Beauty, 1946, oil on canvas, copyright Lee Miller Archives). 

Ongoing, The Hepworth Wakefield ( 


Local artist Jill McKnight immersed herself in the collections of the British Library and Leeds Art Gallery for her new exhibition Desire Lines, which retraces the steps different people from the area have taken and how they have represented themselves over time.

25 March-16 October, Leeds Art Gallery ( 


A Tale of Two Rivers is a major exhibition exploring the history of York’s River Ouse and the lesser-known River Foss and the important role they have both played through the ages. An intriguing, interactive trail weaves its way through the medieval splendour of the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, bringing to life the stories of the building’s unique collections.

Until May 2023, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall (


Artist Jill McKnight tells the unheard stories of different people from the Leeds area and how generations have represented themselves in a new exhibition. Desire Lines is a mixture of sculpture, print, sound and video. 

25 March-16 Oct, Leeds Art Gallery (


The new Banner Exhibition takes visitors on a march through a history of rights and equality. It includes the Walthamstow and Chingford Solidarity Committee banner, which was part of a 1930s movement of hunger marches, a European nuclear disarmament banner and the Withington Against the Poll Tax banner, which was made in 1990, among many others. 

Throughout 2022, People’s History Museum (

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