Tapestry goes into space, Matisse and his subjects take over the Royal Academy, black power is on the rise, the V&A gets some va-va-voom and Manchester goes mad for New Order. Here are the pick of the shows
“Liverpoole is one of the wonders of Britain,” wrote Daniel Defoe in 1715. “What it may grow to in time I know not.” He might be relieved not to have lived to see some of the city’s more dubious town planning decisions, but this proud port has a history of dreaming big and bold – sometimes too bold to be realised. Launching the region’s new architecture centre, RIBA North, this exhibition shines a fascinating spotlight on the history of Liverpool‘s unbuilt grand plans, from rival designs for the two cathedrals to the drunken cultural cloud of the Fourth Grace by Will Alsop, planned for the very site where the RIBA’s gallery now stands.
• Until 9 September, RIBA North, Liverpool.