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 – Northern Colours
1 October – 3 December
We are delighted to welcome the Northern Potters Association (NPA) back to Gallery Oldham. This
selected exhibition of work by members of the NPA features a wide range of ceramics and makers.
The chosen theme for this exhibition is colour which will be reflected in the variety of finishes and textures on display.
The NPA is an organisation for those that love pots and pottery. Of the 450 or so members not all are professional potters – there are also enthusiasts, amateur makers and collectors. Most members work or have their roots in the North and are keen to promote quality work in the area that shows the diversity of what artists can achieve in clay.
Gallery Oldham has a regionally important collection of studio pottery on permanent display in our Art of the Potter exhibition. The NPA supports artists in the production of studio pottery in all its forms and many of the works on display will be for sale.
Gallery 3 – Alphabet: The A to Z of our Collections
18 June – 1 October
Museums organise and categorise their collections in all sorts of ways. In this exhibition we’ve taken the challenge of arranging them alphabetically.
This Family Friendly display showcases a range of objects from our collections, including some old favourites alongside items that might just surprise you…
Join us as we use our collections to take you from Antlers to Zebra Butterflies and all points in between.
This being an Oldham A to Z you might guess that C is for Cotton, O is for Owl and R is for Roughyeds but what other choices would you make?
Gallery 4 – Revival
23 July – 5 November
This exhibition celebrates the past and the future of two of Oldham’s architectural gems. Oldham Town Hall was built in the Greek Revival style and took inspiration from a classical temple. Fifty years later the Library and Art Gallery was built in the Gothic Revival style that was then in fashion.
Today these two nineteenth century buildings are being revived for twenty-first century use. Find out more about the transformation of Oldham Town Hall into a seven screen cinema. And keep up to date with our plans to create a new Heritage and Arts Centre in the old library building.
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’