in Gallery 1 - Oldham Stories exhibition Collections
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – New Exhibition Coming Soon
In Gallery 3 – ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long
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.

Map and visitor information

Latest News

  • A History of the North in 100 objects

    We are delighted to be part of an exciting project tracing the History of the North in 100 Objects. This new website is intended to showcase the pioneering spirit and impact of the North of England’s inventors, artists, scientists and designers. It is part of the Great Exhibition of the North which runs 22 June […]

  • ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long Opening

    Jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of artwork from 40 internationally renowned artists. The collection has been made accessible to audiences through exhibitions and partnerships with galleries and museums, across the United Kingdom. And Gallery Oldham has been one of the lucky Galleries to feature the […]

  • Festival Oldham Returns!

    Roll-up, roll-up for the greatest show in town! Festival Oldham is back for another year. The borough’s annual free celebration of art, entertainment and street theatre takes place on Saturday 26 May, 11am to 4pm in Parliament Square and the Parish Church in Oldham Town Centre and at Gallery Oldham. This year the festival takes […]

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Events & Activities

Tue 19

Collagraph Printing Workshop

June 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed 20

Gallery Talks Series

June 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wed 20

Gallery Talks – Oldham Suffragettes

June 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thu 21

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

June 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 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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  • Red Snort - Michael Challenger, 1971.

Michael Challenger was born in Kent (UK) in 1939. 1960-64 studied at Goldsmiths’ College, London. 1964-66 graduated at the Slade School of Art, London. 1968 – 70 taught at Goldsmiths’ College; 1970-72 taught at the Slade School of Art.

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  • In the early 1900s postcards were sent almost as regularly as text messages today. This card was designed to be sent to holidaymakers as a reminder that after one week of fun they would soon be back at work. 
Comic postcard, 'They'll easily tell that tha comes fra Lancashire because thi' legs are like spindles'

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  • Just another CERAMIC SUNDAY... ⠀
After her birth, Venus walks her dog Pluto⠀
Kate Mcbride ⠀
McBride’s work and designs are based on collage and the bringing together of ideas within clay. She makes unique and quirky porcelain pieces which all tell a story. ⠀
The style of work incorporates several pieces of porcelain, which are cleverly positioned together. Ironically Kate's work looks ‘beautifully broken’, it is a statement of society’s attitude today and our ‘throw away society.’ ⠀
Her  figures are based on myths and legends, which are then combined with modern issues and humour consequently developing into amusing ceramic cartoons. ⠀
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  • June Berry - Sun Tan

June Berry studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has had nineteen solo exhibitions including a retrospective at the Bankside Gallery, London in 2002. Her paintings have been exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London since 1952. June Berry was Vice-President of the Royal Watercolour Society from 2001 to 2004.

Her work is included in the collections of HM the Queen, the British Government Art Collection, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the National Museum of Wales, the Royal West of England Permanent Collection, the Graphothek, Berlin, Germany and the All Union Society of Bibliophiles, Moscow, Russia. Her work has also been purchased by many private collectors in the UK, USA, Germany and Russia. She is a Member of the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, the New English Art Club and is a Royal West of England Academician.

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