Gallery Oldham has 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.

Our programming incorporates Oldham’s extensive art, social and natural history collections alongside touring work, newly commissioned and contemporary art, international art and work produced with local communities.

In addition we have permanent displays around the building.


Current Exhibitions

Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories

This gallery permanently houses both:

Oldham Stories exhibition, featuring selected objects from our extensive collections to tell and show the stories of Oldham and its local communities.

The Community Gallery, which has a wide range of exhibitions by groups and individuals from the Borough of Oldham.

Gallery 2 – The Current Situation by Yara El-Sherbini

Until 17 September

Yara El-Sherbini creates contemporary art which is accessible, playful and can be enjoyed by all. Over the last 10 years her artworks have used recognisable formats, such as quizzes, game shows and jokes.

Yara El-Sherbini. Photo by Natxo Bassols Salles. Image courtesy of the NAE, LCB and the Artist.

In her current exhibition she invites people to navigate the world’s borders using her giant buzz-wire game, where it will be nearly as hard to travel across the world’s borders in theory as it is in practice.

Here’s your chance to take part:
There are plenty of opportunities to take part in The Current Situation. As well as visiting the exhibition why not take part in…

In Search of Equality
For your chance to win a £50 cash prize, be on the lookout for our special word search in the Oldham Chronicle newspaper.
With special thanks to Proud Trust, a regional charity working with young LGBTQ people, who have helped us to create our word search.

 A pub quiz – Thurs 4 August
Come prepared with your best team name and join Yara as she hosts a pub quiz with plenty of prizes up for grabs!

Venue – Hare and Hounds, Yorkshire St. Oldham town centre. Next to Natwest bank.


The Current Situation by Yara El-Sherbini is a touring exhibition produced by New Art Exchange, Nottingham.

Yara El-Sherbini is represented by La Caja Blanca, and is an Artsadmin Assosciate Artist.
This exhibition has been supported by Artsadmin.

This exhibition has been made possible through financial support from Arts Council England.


Gallery 3 – The fragile Moorland

until 4 June

At the heart of this exhibition is the ‘Mor’ series of artworks by Margaret Uttley, focusing on the water tumbles below the Trinnaclehuman relationship with our unique and highly important peat moorland.

Her work is amplified through a selection of items from Gallery Oldham’s own collections of fine art and natural history with their own links to the moors.

The starting point for Margaret Utterly’s work are two ‘Grouse-Butts’ poems by Ted Hughes. Beyond realms of the poems broader issues of environmental function and use of the moor are investigated through her delicate drawings and paintings.

Margaret has also taken inspiration from the Gallery’s collections – incorporating archaeology found on the moods into some of her work.

Gallery 4 – The Artist’s Folio: as a site of enquiry

Until 9 JulyLOndOn 2012 by Rachel Whiteread Courtesy Counter Editions

This unique exhibition presents a selection of folios from the collections of Cartwright Hall in Bradford. The exhibition spans a printmaking renaissance over the 1960s, 70s and 80s, including works by Sonia Boyce, David Hockney, Hew Locke, LS Lowry, Chris Ofilli and William Rothenstein.

A folio is a group of works designed to be seen together. In this way they tell a different story to an individual print.


Coming soon…

18 June – 2 October: A – Z exhibition
Museums Organise and categorise their collections in all sorts of ways. In this exhibition we’ve taken the challenge of arranging them alphabetically.

23 July – 5 November: Revival
Celebrate the past and future of two of Oldham’s architectural hems. Visitors will gain a fascinating glimpse of Oldham Town Hall through the ages and its transformation.

15 October – 7 January: Art forms in Nature
The German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865 – 1932) was celebrated by Surrealists and early modernists for his pioneering close-up images of plants and flora. This exhibition Featuring over 40 photogravures from an original portfolio, ‘Wundergarten der Natur’