Star rating – 4/10
The Whitworth is one of my favourite art galleries – I love the building, the setting, the area, and usually I love the exhibitions. This one should have really inspired – marrying the themes of global artistic material displays with arguably the home of the Industrial Revolution – Cottonopolis. But it doesn’t really take off.
There are some interesting pieces, like the beautifully vibrant colours of Lubaina Himid, but in truth some of the exhibits are drab, and the curation is uncharacteristically uninspiring. Maybe they just excelled themselves with ‘Dark Matters’, or maybe they didn’t stray far enough away from the textiles which form part of the normal bill of fayre here. Still, I’ll be back for the next one – here’s hoping.