Please note, the gallery is closed from Monday 9th December for the Christmas period and will reopen on Wednesday 8th Jan 2020.

Friday 22 November 2019 – Saturday 15 February 2020

Private View: Thursday 21 November 6 – 9pm

EXAGGERATE EVERYTHING is a collaboration between BACKLIT Gallery and Manchester based artist initiative, Broken Grey Wires, led by Lizz Brady. 

The exhibition will present works by artists sharing their different personal experiences of mental health and wellbeing, with the aim of opening up difficult conversations around these subjects.

This dynamic exhibition will showcase 9 artists with a range of practices and disciplines, to explore the reality of everyday living with mental health issues. Artists include; Lizz Brady, Hana Madness and the vacuum cleaner, Dan Hett, Niall Farrelly, Benedict Drew, Eunjung Suh, Suzanne Golden, Luke Fowler, Nicola Dale and Benjamin Rostance.

Exhibition opening times:

Wednesday & Thursday by appointment only (contact us to book a slot)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12pm – 5pm


Public Programme


Art & Mind: Screening and Panel Discussion  

 Presented in association with Broadway Cinema 

Wednesday 27 November 2019, 6pm  at Broadway Cinema 

Art & Mind is a journey into art, madness and the unconscious. This film is an exploration of visionary artists and the creative impulse, from the Flemish Masters of the Renaissance to the avant-garde movement of Surrealism and the unsung geniuses of Art Brut and Outsider Art. Featuring artists Hieronymus Bosch, Francisco Goya, Vincent van Gogh, William Blake, Edvard Munch, Salvador Dali and many more. A pael debate will follow this screening. Speakers include Gurdeep Sian, Stefania Laccu and Dr Gary Winship. 

Visit www.broadway.org.uk to book. 

Mental Health Awareness Training led by Harmless 

Sunday 8th December 2019 and Sunday 19th January 2020 12.30-4.30pm  

The training will offer participants a more informed viewpoint of mental health to build confident to have a better conversation about mental health and being more aware about your own mental health. Other learning outcomes are; spotting signs, self-management, remove taboos and provide helpful signposting. CPD accredited and comes with its own handouts and resources 

£3 per participant. Ticket includes drinks and snacks. Spaces are limited. 

Zine-making Workshop led by Jesse Loveday and Lizz Brady 

Saturday 18th Jan, 2-4pm 

The workshop has brought together two artists who investigate mental health through their work. You’ll make your own zine exploring self care through doodles, creative tasks and mindfulness. You will have the opportunity to consider your own mental health and playfully respond to it. 

(Please note you will not be expected to discuss your mental health or show your zine if you do not wish to, making a zine s a totally independent activity but on the other hand you are welcome to speak about your personal experience as much as you’d like). 

FREE to attend. All materials will be provided.

Book tickets.

Artist and curator talk 

Saturday 25th January 2020, 2 – 4pm  

 Artist and curator Suzanne Golden will lead an informal talk with artists and speakers about the content of the show and artwork, audience participation is welcome.  

FREE to attend (booking required) 

Screaming into the void – NOTT\S\POKE writing collective 

2-4pm, Saturday 1st February 2020 

FREE to attend (booking required) 

Artist Niall Farrelly and NOTT\S\POKE collective’s Amelia Seren Roberts will lead discussion about mental health online and the support systems that are available, such as social media and video games.  

The session will consist of a digital Avatar building workshop, the result of which will contain written and visual outcomes that can be collated into a digital publication/artwork that you can take with you at the end of the session. 

Volunteer Response Show 

7th, 8th and 9th February 2020 

FREE to attend (booking required) 

 The BACKLIT volunteer team will present a 3-day exhibition in response to EXAGGARATE EVERYTHING. 

Learning Programme 

Connections: The Benefits of Drawing 

Saturday 30 November (2pm – 4pm drop in) 

Drawing can help to boost your memory and reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Explore the left and right sides of the brain in this mixed ability drawing workshop led by art educators Karen & Peter Chesney. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced drawer, this workshop will help you to build your confidence and develop your skills.

FREE, Suitable for aged 16+ years. 


Light Night Workshop: Luminous Landscapes  

Saturday 8 February (4pm – 6pm)

Join artist Ryan Heath for a weird and wonderful workshop exploring natural worlds and glowing creatures. Play with light, paint and sculpture to create your own luminous landscape to take home. 

FREE, Suitable for children aged 4+ years. 

Art + Feminism Edit-A-Thon Social 

11am-1pm, Saturday 7 December 
11am-1pm, Saturday 11 January 
11am-1pm, Saturday 15 February (11am – 1pm) 

Art + Feminism is a campaign improving coverage of gender, feminism, and the arts on Wikipedia. It is a do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others campaign teaching people of all gender identities and expressions to edit Wikipedia. Come along to our monthly social to develop your Wikipedia editing skills and learn more about the campaign.  

Pending Collective 

Pending Collective is open to new members aged 16-25 years! The collective meet on a regular basis and work with BACKLIT Staff and Artists to complete creative projects and develop their skills in project management, curating exhibitions, organising events and marketing. It’s FREE to join and no previous experience is needed. For more information please contact Gina Mollett at gina.mollett@backlit.org.uk