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 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 – The Current Situation by Yara El-Sherbini

Until 17 September

Yara El-Sherbini creates contemporary art which is accessible, playful and can be enjoyed by all. Over the last 10 years her artworks have used recognisable formats, such as quizzes, game shows and jokes.

Yara El-Sherbini. Photo by Natxo Bassols Salles. Image courtesy of the NAE, LCB and the Artist.

In her current exhibition she invites people to navigate the world’s borders using her giant buzz-wire game, where it will be nearly as hard to travel across the world’s borders in theory as it is in practice.

Here’s your chance to take part:
There are plenty of opportunities to take part in The Current Situation. As well as visiting the exhibition why not take part in…

In Search of Equality
For your chance to win a £50 cash prize, be on the lookout for our special word search in the Oldham Chronicle newspaper.

With special thanks to Proud Trust, a regional charity working with young LGBTQ people, who have helped us to create our word search.

 A Pub Quiz – Thurs 4 August
Come prepared with your best team name and join Yara as she hosts a pub quiz with plenty of prizes up for grabs!

Venue – Hare and Hounds, Yorkshire St. Oldham town centre. Next to Natwest bank.

Download the event flyer here.

The Current Situation by Yara El-Sherbini is a touring exhibition produced by New Art Exchange, Nottingham.

Yara El-Sherbini is represented by La Caja Blanca, and is an Artsadmin Assosciate Artist.
This exhibition has been supported by Artsadmin.

This exhibition has been made possible through financial support from Arts Council England.

Gallery 3 – Alphabet: The A to Z of our Collections

18 June – 1 OctoberAmerican Eagle Owl

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 NovemberCupola crop

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.


Coming soon…

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’

1 October – 3 December: Northern Colours
We are delighted to welcome back the Northern Potters Association (NPA). The chosen theme for this exhibition is colour and will feature a variety of ceramics and makers.
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.