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


Are you looking for something new to do with your community group? Book a private tour of our latest exhibition Exaggerate Everything and we will provide free tea and coffee!

We enjoy working collaboratively with local community groups to curate exhibitions, organise events and deliver creative workshops. If you have an idea for a project and would like to work with us in some way, please contact Gina Mollett at gina.mollett@backlit.org.uk

Connections: The Benefits of Drawing

Saturday 30 November (2pm – 4pm)

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. 

Art & Mind Screening + Panel Discussion

At Broadway Cinema

Wednesday 27 November (6pm)

A journey into art, madness and the unconscious. 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 panel debate will follow this screening.


We deliver a range of free family activities throughout the year that will spark your imagination and let your creativity run wild!Information needed on learning resources.

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.