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 – 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 – The fragile Moorland

until 4 June

At the heart of this exhibition is the ‘Mor’ series of artworks by Margaret Uttley, focusing on the human relationship with our unique and highly important peat moorland.

Her work is amplified through a selection of items from Gallery Oldham’s own collections of fine art and natural history with their own links to the moors.

The starting point for Margaret Utterly’s work are two ‘Grouse-Butts’ poems by Ted Hughes. Beyond realms of the poems broader issues of environmental function and use of the moor are investigated through her delicate drawings and paintings.

Margaret has also taken inspiration from the Gallery’s collections – incorporating archaeology found on the moods into some of her work.

Gallery 4 – The Artist’s Folio: as a site of enquiry

opens 23 April

This unique exhibition presents a selection of folios from the collections of Cartwright Hall in Bradford. The exhibition spans a printmaking renaissance over the 1960s, 70s and 80s, including works by Sonia Boyce, David Hockney, Hew Locke, LS Lowry, Chris Ofilli and William Rothenstein.

A folio is a group of works designed to be seen together. In this way they tell a different story to an individual print.

Gallery foyer – In Fine Style: The Dancehall Art of Wilfred Limonious

until 6 May

Wilfred Limonious

This touring retrospective has been put together by One Love Books and the exhibition includes reproductions of work from the early 1970s through to the mid-1990s. It spans three key phases in Limonious’ career: his newspaper comic strips, his illustrations for the publications of the Jamaican Movement for the Advancement of Literacy (JAMAL) and his distinctive artwork for the burgeoning dancehall scene coming out of 1980s Jamaica. The exhibition has been developed alongside a coffee-table book exploring Limonious’ life and work, due for release in August 2016.


Coming soon…

9 May – 27 May: Moors for the future

To coincide with our Fragile Moorland exhibition this display showcases some of the very best photographs of moorland wildlife.

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 Word Search is certain to get the family talking!

23 April – 9 July: Artists Folios

This unique exhibition presents a selection of folios from the collections of Cartwright Hall in Bradford. The exhibition spans a printmaking renaissance over the 1960s, 70s and 80s, including work by Sonia Boyce, David Hockney, Hew Locke, L. S. Lowry, Chris Ofili, and William Rothenstein.

18 June – 2 October: A – Z exhibition

18 October – 7 January: Art forms in Nature