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Half-Term at Gallery Oldham
In Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories
In Gallery 2 – Refuge by Jai Chuhan
In Gallery 3 – Peace and Plenty? Oldham and the First World War
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

  • Responding to Art Through Heuristic Play

    Gallery Oldham have recently worked with Nic Found (Director of Creative Learning) and Sally Thornley (Play Therapist) of Kingfisher Special School to help children engage with the exhibition ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long. Pupils explored and responded to Richard Long’s artwork in a workshop using heuristic play in the gallery and Education Suite. Heuristic play is […]

  • Peace and Plenty? Oldham and the First World War

    Gallery Oldham’s latest exhibition: ‘Peace and Plenty? Oldham and the First World War’ takes a fascinating and moving trip back to Oldham in 1918.

  • Art Talks with Titus Agbara

    Gallery Oldham is delighted to announce this special artist talk by Titus Agbara as part of the Art Talks with Art Fund national programme. With support by Art Fund we were able to purchase Damilola in 2017, at that point, Agbara’s most recent piece of work. Originally featured in the Oldham Open exhibition. Join us for this special talk to hear Agbara […]

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Events & Activities

Wed 21

Gallery Talks Series

November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thu 22

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

November 22 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fri 23

GO Explorers – Sensory fun for 2 – 4s

November 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Thu 29

GO Baby – Sensory fun for 0 – 2’s

November 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 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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  • A Swiss Alpine Valley (possibly St Gothard)
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851) 
Watercolour and pencil on paper
Possibly around 1843

This painting is from a series showing the landscape of Switzerland. Turner made four annual trips to Switzerland from 1841, where he made many sketches of the Alpine landscape. In his earlier works Turner painted mountains in close range, but in this watercolour Turner recorded the landscape from ground level with mountain ranges in the distance and lakes in the foreground. This sketch was produced quickly, allowing Turner to effectively capture light.

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  • Notice posted by Parks Superintendent re-reclaiming lost tennis balls. 
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  • Morning! With a really lovely repost from #📷 @flirtini8 "A very pleasant couple of hours trotting round Oldham Gallery. There are a few things that I like to go back to see - the amazing panorama of Oldham in 1876 and the Ed Hall “chip” banner - but today we stumbled upon the opening of “Peace and Plenty, Oldham and the First World War”. @tartaneros was v happy. Pic is on the inside looking out. Oh and the coffee is marvellous too. #galleryoldham #oldham #mrbluesky "

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  • Big shout out to our lovely Collective, taking part in the fantastic @curiousmindsnw Native Creative event for young people interested in the creative industries. 
Look out for some of their work in our forthcoming exhibitions!

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