Gallery Oldham has three 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. From birds and shells to a recreation of an Edwardian chemist’s shop, every object has a fascinating tale to tell. The display features local figures such as suffragette Annie Kenny, the pioneering natural history collector James Nield and the popular artist Helen Bradley.
The Community Gallery, which has a wide range of exhibitions by groups and individuals from the Borough of Oldham.
Gallery 2 – Edgelands: Emilie Taylor
10 June – 9 September
Gallery Oldham is thrilled to have commissioned this exhibition of brand new ceramic work by acclaimed artist Emilie Taylor. Emilie has a long-standing interest of representing the lives of people who exist in the gaps of society, which she describes as the Edgelands.
Emilie’s latest body of work is inspired by the Green myth of Persephone and Demeter, but in a contemporary setting. Demeter the goddess of fertility and harvest is grief stricken to find that her daughter Persephone has been taken to the Underworld. Persephone is doomed to spend half of the year in the Underworld and half on the earth. Demeter’s grief means nothing can grow on the earth during the time that Persephone is in the Underworld, meaning the that the year is divided into winter and summer.
The exhibitions launches in Oldham and will then tour to three other venues in England. All of the work in the exhibition is for sale.
Gallery 3 – A Curious Turn: Moving Mechanical Sculpture
8 July – 2 September
This touring exhibition from the Crafts Council celebrates the extraordinary and fascinating world of automata. The selection features work by leading makers of the last 40 years that range from the humorous to the macabre and from the playful to the satirical.
Automata are moving mechanical sculptures brought magically to life by sequences of cogs, cams and levers. Visitors can turn, push and crank to see many of the pieces in action while newly commissioned films will show other pieces in motion.
River of Tea: From Bengal to Britain Photographs by Tim Smith
16 September – January 2018
Indian tea enjoys a special place in British Culture and the industry has played a key role in British-Indian history. Behind Britain’s cup of choice is a fascinating story that is rarely told.
The Oldham Open
23 September – 18 November
The Oldham Open is back! This exhibition is held every two years and showcases the fantastic work of local individuals living or working the borough of Oldham.