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In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – Refuge by Jai Chuhan
In Gallery 3 – ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long
Exciting announcement for Oldham…
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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

  • Oldham Histories Festival 2018

    This September Gallery Oldham is delighted to be taking part in Heritage Open Days and the broader month long festival celebrating local history. Oldham Histories Festival is your chance to find out more about the people, places, buildings and stories in your area. From talks to walks there’s plenty to discover, whether you’re interested in […]

  • Summer is here!

    The summer holidays have started and Gallery Oldham has a great range of activities to keep you entertained.

  • The British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition 2017

    Our latest exhibition is now open! This stunning show explores the beauty and diversity of British Wildlife. It features the winning entries to this annual competition celebrating the work of amateur and professional photographers across the UK.     Winning images have been chosen from thousands of entries in fifteen separate categories including a category […]

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Events & Activities

Thu 27

Art Talks with Art Fund: Titus Agbara

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 06

Super Saturday

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Exhibitions

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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  • Bellinzona - The Bridge over Ticino (about 1843)
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851)
Watercolour
Gift of Charles Edward Lees, 1888

How was it painted?
Technique
Painted over a slight pencil outline, this watercolour is made up of  very light touches and dabs of watercolour wash with a small amount of dabbing and texturing to suggest the roughness of the rocks in the foreground.  In watercolours such as this Turner often painted on to wet paper to soften the edges of forms and achieve subtle effects of gradation. 
Style
Turner's paintings have been described as 'impressionistic'. Although he was working several decades before the Impressionists, he wanted to create a convincing, living impression of a landscape without describing it minutely.  The forms of the mountains, the sky and river are not separately delineated. Instead we get an overall sense of light-filled atmosphere.

Why was it painted?
In his early career Turner made sketches around Britain from which engravings were made for landscape prints and books of antiquities.  By the date of this painting Turner was financially independent.  He was able to experiment and push the boundaries of the watercolour medium.  This watercolour is a page from a sketchbook and would not have been painted to be exhibited but as a preparatory study for a more finished watercolour.

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  • 🚪🚪 The parquet floor has gone for a spruce up, so it can be reinstated properly for when we open a lovely new heritage and arts centre for Oldham!

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  • Terence Warren - Antique Cat, 1978.

Silkscreen print on paper, a piece from our collection for  #mewseummonday .

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  • Japanese vase in the form of a basket with. Imari ware with decorative glazed enamels with formalised flower and abstract designs. On the opposite sides, small outdoor scenes with figures. 
Imari ware #伊万里焼 is a Western term for a brightly-coloured style of Arita ware, Japanese export porcelain made in the area of Arita, in the former Hizen Province, northwestern Kyūshū. They were exported to Europe in large quantities, especially between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century.

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