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.

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

Gallery 2 –

Coming soon – The Oldham Open

This gallery is currently closed while we hang The Oldham Open exhibition.

Work by people who live and work in Oldham will be on display from Saturday October 17th

Gallery 3 – Season’s BestCuckoo specimen

23 May – 31 October

It is sometimes said that Oldham’s weather allows you to experience all four seasons in one day. This display will do the same thing – using our spectacular collections of Art, Natural History and Social History.

So come with us on a journey from spring through to winter as we celebrate the rhythms of the year. You might want to wrap up warm for our selection of snowy paintings or learn about the cuckoo that is so strongly associated with spring.

Find out more about Wakes Weeks and the Holidays at Home movement of summers long gone by. Or stroll amongst the autumn woodlands depicted by artists such as James Watts and Alfred East.

Younger visitors will also enjoy exploring the wealth of our collection through a range of Family Friendly activities.

Gallery 4 – Designs on our future

Until 6 October

A view of the new development from Union StreetWe have just refreshed the Designs on our Future exhibition with an updated selection of architect’s plans and images.

Come along to find out more about our plans to form a new cultural hub in Oldham.

These involve bringing the old library back into use as a Heritage Centre and connecting it to a brand new home for the Oldham Coliseum.