April highlights

Spring may be a bit reluctant to show its face this year but don’t worry, we’ve got plenty going on at Cornerhouse to brighten your April days. We kick-off the month with our BAFTA Crew Masterclass on Sat 6 Apr, featuring production designer Eve Stewart fresh from the BAFTAs where she won for her work on Les Miserables.  Eve will talk us through her production design on films including The King’s Speech, The Damned United and Topsy Turvy and tickets are selling fast, so make sure you snap one up.

In our galleries the big news this month is the opening of our major new group show, Anguish and Enthusiasm.  The exhibition explores the concept of a successful revolution and the periods of flux that follow, looking at contrasting perspectives and observations from Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia and beyond.  It will feature new commissions by Andreas Bunte, Sarah Pierce, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc and US collective Trust Your Struggle, as well as work by Berthe Morisot, Liubov Popova and Jun Yang.

To make the most of the exhibition why not drop in to our free preview event on Fri 12 April, and see a specially commissioned live performance by Dublin-based artist Sarah Pierce?  Or book a place on the Artists’ and Curators’ Tour and Talk the following day, to find out about the curators’ choices, the origins of the artists’ work and their approach to complex socio-political material.

Our latest Cornerhouse Project, Clair Graubner’s From the Ground Up, also launches in the café and bar on Thu 18 April; so you can soak up her reflections on urban architecture and autobiographical narratives in the landscape over a coffee or glass of wine.

As always we have a great range of films in our cinemas this month.  Highlights include Harmony Korine’s hedonistic take on college break sleaze, sex and violence Spring Breakers, starring James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, from 5 April, and Michael Winterbottom’s much anticipated biopic of club mogul Paul Raymond, The Look of Love starring Steve Coogan, from 26 April.

Our big film event this month is one for the region’s blues – The Boys in Blue: Manchester City FC on Film.  Author and football historian Gary James will bring amazing archive material on City’s history, selected from the North West Film Archive, to life – from the legendary Billy Meredith to Maine Road’s final match.

Sadly life isn’t all about leisure time and our digital skills workshops bring a new dimension to the working day by helping you fine-tune your digital skills.  On Thu 24 Apr our popular Facebook for Business session returns, designed to help you understand Facebook’s Insights tool and use it to make decisions about the best content to share.  Tickets are just £5 so book early to tap into our expert’s knowledge, and finish April with a real spring in your step.