in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – DIS/rupt
In Gallery 3 – Family Matters
Exciting announcement for Oldham…
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Opening times

We are open six days a week:

Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm

Last admission to the galleries 4.45 pm

We are closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays


Admission is free! We have a shop, cafe, large lifts, accessible toilets, and baby changing facilities.

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Latest News

  • Let’s Talk About Sex

    The latest exhibition in Gallery Oldham’s foyer explores the history of safer sex campaigning in Greater Manchester. The stories of those involved and affected in the past three decades take centre stage in this new exhibition launched to coincide with LGBT History Month. Let’s Talk About Sex is the result of a project by the LGBT […]

  • Delighted to announce our newest acquisition!

    Gallery Oldham is pleased to announce the acquisition of the painting Damilola, by Oldham-based artist Titus Agbara. This has been made possible through the generous support of Art Fund. Curators at Gallery Oldham were impressed by the quality of Agbara’s work when he submitted two pieces to the Oldham Open in September 2017. It was […]

  • From the Negative to the Positive

    The latest exhibition in the Gallery Oldham foyer runs until 2 February. From the Negative to the Positive is the result of a series of workshops led by three artists – photographer Ian Beesley, poet Ian McMillan and cartoonist Tony Husband. They have been working with ‘The Ragamuffins’, a group of local people with dementia, […]

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Events & Activities

Mar 01

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

March 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mar 02

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

March 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Mar 08

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

March 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mar 08

Gallery Talks Series

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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We have four large exhibition spaces plus a community gallery. We take an innovative and unique approach to exhibition programming, bringing together what were once separate museum and gallery services.

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What's On

There is always plenty happening at Gallery Oldham! Check the calendar to see forthcoming talks and tours, art and craft courses, family activities, cinema showings and other events.

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Our Collections

Our collections include over 12,000 social history items, 3,000 works of art, 80,000 natural history specimens, 15,000 photographs and a large number of books, pamphlets and documents.

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Naked Bean Cafe

Oldham’s favourite lunch spot! The cafe in Oldham Gallery is the perfect place to meet friends or colleagues for a bite to eat, or just for coffee. Families are very welcome.

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Kids & Families

We have bags of free fun activities for all the family from our GO Baby and GO Explorers sessions, Super Saturday workshops and free activities in the school holidays and more....

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Gallery Trail

Follow our new Gallery Trail which highlights objects of interest around the building. You can see items from our collections and a range of exhibitions throughout Gallery Oldham.

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Gallery Shop

Our shop sells souvenirs and gifts to suit all ages and pockets including a wide range of crafts and jewellery, cards and postcards, engraved crystal, exhibition catalogues and books.

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Oldham Local Studies

Explore your family history; find out how Oldham has changed with the development of new communities; uncover the story of Oldham from village to cotton capital of the world.

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Gallery on Instagram

  • With special thanks to Sir Norman Stoller, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Oldham Council we have been able to digitise much of our collection for future use! As well as keeping a record of our fantastic items, being able to use the images in our printed media and website we also get to share them with you on Instagram!
So here's a little something to get that Friyay feeling going. A stunning piece by R. Anderton in purples and pinks. This is one from our huge print collection... more of which have just been digitised 😍😍😍😍 #heritagelotteryfunded #hlf#lostplaces #museum #heritage #culture#society #printmaking #printspotters #printmaker #anderton #normanstoller #galleryoldham #oldham #culture#museum #artgallery #collection #inspiremyinstagram #creativehappylife #craftsposure #makersgonnamake #fridayfeeling #friyay #fridayfeels
  • Saddleworth Viaduct - By Edwin Bottomley (1865-1929) ⠀
A local artist from Greenfield, Edwin Bottomley exhibited at a number of galleries in the region. He predominantly painted rural scenes and farmyard animals. Completed in 1849, the Saddleworth Viaduct linked Manchester to Huddersfield. The viaduct allowed this remote area to join the industrial revolution. The viaduct was painted in 1885.⠀
#oilpainting #art #painting  #viaduct #upnorth #landscape #industry #scenary #gowild #forgeyourownpath #wildernessculture #folkscenery #keepitwild #getoutstayout #exploremore #modernoutdoors #getoutside #stayandwander ⠀
 #artofvisuals #moodygrams #agameoftones #letsgosomewhere #instagood #visualsofearth #awakethesoul #ifyouleave #anotherescape #neverstopexploring #galleryoldham #gallery
  • A White Slave (1904)⠀
By Sir Alfred Munnings (born 1878, died 1959)	⠀
Munnings was a great traditionalist who felt it was important to record a disappearing way of life in the Norfolk countryside.  He is widely regarded as the greatest British painter of horses since George Stubbs. ⠀
Munnings said of this painting: 'My idea when painting it was that the rough low down hawker fellow has bought the poor old white pony at the fair and is just off home with it.  Such ponies as we know are slaves and honest ones too and as they go down the hill their lot gets worse'⠀
Pictured in Gallery Oldham’s art store.⠀
#awhiteslave #alfredmunnings #traditionalist #norfolk #oilpainting #artuk #horses #ponies #artstore #galleryoldham #framedimages #framedoilpainting #artgallery #museum #welovecollections #artistsoninstagram #oil #painting #horse #gallerywall #collection #gallery #museum #heritage #loveoldham #oldham
  • A new set of amazing new workshops are up on our Eventbrite page for all you culture vultures! ⠀
Focussed on our newest temporary exhibition 'On Paper' these sessions are for beginners to the experienced crafter wishing to spend time exploring the wonders of paper and all you can do with it! Including paper cutting, folding, constructing and collage.⠀
Oh, did we mention they're FREE with materials and light refreshments. Limited availability, book now to avoid dissapointment. ⠀
Booking via Eventbrite, for more information phone⠀
0161 770 4742 ⠀
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