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.
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 – Sculpting Stories
until May 14
This exhibition showcases the varied ways in which artists have responded to, and represented the human form over the past 100 years.
Sculpting Stories explores how sculptors use people in their art work to tell stories about themselves, about others and about the societies we live in. The show includes significant names from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, such as Henry Moore, Jacob Epstein and Laura Ford.
Gallery Oldham has drawn on its own collections as well as on works from neighbouring galleries. It is the first time that the impressive sculptural highlights of the Greater Manchester Museums Group have been shown together in one place.
Gallery 3 – After Life: Portraits of Taxidermy
We share this planet with millions of other species and depend on them for our survival, but so often we take nature for granted. This touring exhibition created by Sean Dooley features poignant photographic portraits of extinct and endangered animals from museum collections. These images bring stories of lost and fading species to life.
Natural history collections in our museums are a physical catalogie of the amazing dicersity of nature. This exhibition includes taxidermy specimens from Gallery Oldham’s collection including the Great Bustard (extinct in the UK since 1832), the endangered Capercaillie and Black-tailed Godwit.
Gallery 4 – Purring: Sport of the People
until 9 April
Artist Anna FC Smith has been researching the history of Clog Fighting, also known as purring. This exhibition features her illustrations of this forgotten and sometimes brutal sport alongside a range of films and interviews.
The Gallery’s own collections also help to shed some light on the communities from which clog fighters emerged. Discover the Oldham area’s mining history and learn more about the humble clog.
5 March – 4 June
The Fragile Moorland
At the heart of this exhibition is the ‘Mor’ series of artworks by Margaret Uttley, focusing on man’s relationship with our unique and highly important peat moorland.
28 May – 17 September
The Current Situation
Yara El Sherbini uses humour and games to question social and political systems of power and influence. The fun format of a buzz wire game, alternative pub quiz and public wordsearch is certain to get the family talking!