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

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 – Jerwood Makers Open

Running until 1st March 2015

Work by Hitomi HosonoThe annual Jerwood Makers Open is a major commission that gives early career artists £7500 each to develop new work and take artistic risks.

Chosen from over 240 applications, the selected makers include two collaborative duos for the first time in the award’s history. The artists offer a range of projects across different disciplinary backgrounds, from architecture and spatial design to more traditional craft-based skills in ceramics and glass.

This year the artits are ceramicists Hitomi Hisono and Matthew Raw, artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, glass artist Shelley James and spatial storytellers FleaFollyArchitects. Between them they are experimenting with material, technical, conceptual and narrative concerns.

From a modern day Tower of Babel to a full sized pub front the result is a fascinating and varied exhibition by makers pushing the boundaries of their craft.


Gallery 3 – Black Sheep

beginning 14th February, to 9th May 2015

Black-FeltFelt is the most ancient constructed textile in the world and has been used for everything from cosy winter garments to conceptual art. This exhibition is an exploration of the edgier side of this extraordinary and versatile material, looking at artists who create sometimes disturbing and bizarre oddities and technically brilliant objects.

It presents some of the exciting and sometimes surprising processes used by contemporary masters of the craft to produce innovative and inspiring work. Visitors will discover felt teddy bear skulls and mutated organisms by Stephanie Metz, seamless show-stopping garments by Horst Couture and sculptural natural forms by Marjolein Dallinga.

Find our more about the works and artists on the blacksheepfelt blog.

The exhibition is a touring show from the National Centre for Craft and Design.


Gallery 4 – Designs on our future

Until further notice

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.


Coming Soon


Solar Flowers – Alexandre Dang

Opens March 14, 2015

Alexandre Dang - Serres Royales de LaekenArtist Alexandre Dang has displayed his dancing Solar Flowers around the world in recent years. They have become an iconic work testifying to his commitment to the power of renewable energy. The light, bright space of our central gallery will allow the flowers to be seen at their very best.

Alexandre comes from a scientific background and uses solar energy to animate his kinetic art works whilst also raising awareness of the potential of environmentally friendly technologies.

Though the sun provides 10,000 times more energy to the earth than humans need, more than 1.7 billion people still do not have access to electricity. Dang is a founder of Solar Solidarity International (a non-profit international association) to support solar electrification of schools in developing countries.

Visitors may be both charmed by the flowers and awed by the power of the sun. After the exhibition the flowers will be on sale from the Gallery shop. However we can never guarantee the availability of sunshine in Oldham!