LAND FIT FOR HEROES: WAR & THE WORKING CLASS | People's History Museum | Until 1 February
January is your last chance to catch this major WWI exhibtion at the PHM, exploring why people got behind the war (and those that didn't), the crucial role women played in the push for victory and how life at home was changed irreversibly.
THE SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLES | Cornerhouse | 8 Jan - 17 Feb
How do your glasses change the way you're viewed, speccy? This collaborative photography project captures spectacle wearers 'of interest' in and around the Cornerhouse venue and looks at the design and meaning of modern eyewear.
WHOSE GAME IS IT? | National Football Museum | 9 Jan - 1 Mar
This new exhibition at the NFM is one 'for the fans and by the fans', documenting the direct experience and emotional investment of football supporters from the UK, Spain, Turkey, Poland and Austria through images, quotes and video footage.
EXPLORING LIGHT AT Pi | MOSI | 17 Jan | 10.30-15.30
The Science and Technology Facilities Council's Central Laser Facility, home to some of the most powerful lasers in the world, will be taking control of the Platform for Investigation at the MOSI on Saturday 17 January. Witness levitating clouds, a laser that can copy a supernova, and capture light in your hands. Great one for the kiddywinks.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY | IWM North | 19 Jan - 31 Jan
To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the Imperial War Museum North at Salford Quays will be running a series of 'Closer Look' tours where you'll hear stories of Holocaust survivor and artist Edith Birkin and Ruth Wasserman, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport in 1939.
MAKING A LIVING IN KAMCHATKA | Manchester Museum | 24 Jan | 2-3pm
Though shamans were persecuted by Stalin in the 1930s, Koryaks - the indigenous people of the Russian Far East - still number around 8000 and continue to shamanic practices of communication with animals and spirits. Find out more with Aberdeen University's Dr. Alexander D. King.
CASA TOMADA | The Lowry | 26 Jan - 26 April
This startling work by Columbian artist Rafael Gómezbarros from London's Saatchi Gallery includes hundreds of 50cm ant sculptures constructed of two human skull casts. The intention of the artist is to represent the mass of millions of displaced and faceless immigrants across the world.
THE SENSORY WAR | Manchester Art Gallery | Until 22 Feb
This major group exhibition marking the Centenary of the First World War explores how artists have communicated the impact of military conflict on the body, mind, environment and human senses between 1914 and 2014.
THE GRAVEHOUNDS OF BONE STREET | Common Bar | Until February 2015
'Five weirdos' from London, Leeds and Brighton design collective Skull Paradise invite you to sit back with an ale and kick-it with rambunctious leather-clad grease-monkeys The Gravehounds on the fictional corner of Bone Street where the canine biker gang will mostly be spittin' and a swearin'.
CHRIS PAUL DANIELS: A TIGER'S SKIN | Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art | Until 22 March
Exploring the way in which China is viewed through Western eyes, artist Chris Paul Daniels recreates a 1972 documentary by Michelangelo Antonioni commissioned and then banned by Chairman Mao.
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