What follows is a very personal list of exhibitions that have caught my eye, coming up in 2015 in Liverpool and beyond. Most but not all of them fall in the first half of the year.
Hayward Curatorial Open Exhibition at Bluecoat, Liverpool
24 Jan – 29 March
Endeavouring to help us distinguish between hearing and the more deliberate activity of listening. Includes the work of Haroon Mirza and Laure Prouvost.
- History is Now
10 Feb – 26 April
Artists curate sections of the show in response to recent history.
- Magnificent Obsessions: Artist as Curator
12 Feb – 25 May
Objects from the collections of Hanne Darboven, Damien Hirst, Sol le Witte and others.
- Whitworth Art Gallery re-opening
Cornelia Parker / Thomas Shutte / Cai Guo-Qiang
Opening weekend of events
- Leonora Carrington / Cathy Wilkes
6 March – 31 May
Concurrent exhibitions of prolific surrealist Carrington and Turner Prize nominated contemporary artist Wilkes.
- Ahead of the curve: New china from China
Potteries Museum Stoke on Trent
14 March – 31 May
Touring show of contemporary ceramic and glass, developed by the Two Cities Gallery, Shanghai.
- Venice Biennale
Launches 9 May
- Maya The revelation of an endless time
World Museum Liverpool
400 objects from museum collections and Mayan sites in Mexico
- Manchester International Festival
Ballet, theatre, music and secrets of the universe.
- Ai Weiwei
Royal Academy of Arts
19 September – 13 December
First significant survey of the artist’s work in Britain.