Cornelia Parker’s installation War Room in the Whitworth Gallery in the University of Manchester

The expanded Manchester gallery is looking to make an explosive impact

Detail from Thicket by Anthony Lyttle

His densely patterned works have an in-between quality that unsettles the eye but also keeps it interested

One of four adjoining, spacious lightboxes that form an extensive arena in My Mind’s I by Janet Mullarney

Mullarney sets memorable characters loose on stage; while Seawright shows us malevolent landscapes

One of Mark Garry’s trademark rainbows of coloured thread

The sense of something fleeting and fading gives exhibitions by Garry, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra and Nick Miller their strength

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

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A production still from Gareth Kennedy’s The Last Wooden House of Kupchino. Photograph: Ekaterina Sytnik

The artist’s latest projects centre on what he calls ‘folk fictions’

A still from Niamh O’Malley’s film Nephin at the Douglas Hyde Gallery

The artist’s exhibition is a tactful, tentative intrusion into the Douglas Hyde Gallery’s brutalist fabric

Sean Lynch. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Among this year’s essential exhibitions is Lynch’s Biennale show, which will tour Ireland after Italy

Fossil shark tooth Carcharodon megalodon, USA Natural History Collection/National Museum of Ireland and John Comerford Robert Emmet (1778-1803), c.1803. Watercolour on ivory in a silver-gilt pendant. National Gallery of Ireland Collection

The artist juxtaposes works and objects from seven national institutions to uncover some small truths

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