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.

Current Exhibitions

Gallery 1 – Oldham StoriesAmerican Eagle Owl

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 – The British Wildlife Photography Awards Exhibition 2017

23 June – 8 September

This stunning exhibition explores the beauty and diversity of British wildlife. It shocases the winning entries to this annual competition celebrating the work of amateu and professional photographers across the UK.

Winning images have been chosen from thousdans of entries and are in fifteen seperate categories including Animal Portraits, Botanical Britain and Urban Wildlife. there are also two junior categories to encourage young people to connect with nature through photography.

Whether your interest is in either photography or wildlife there will be something to amaze and inspire you in this exciting exhibition.


Gallery 3 – ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long

26 May – 15 September

Richard Long is one of the most influential British artists of his generation. His art is directly connected with the landscape, and from his experience of making solitary walks in remote regions in Britain and all over the world.

This ARTIST ROOMS exhibition features key works made throughout his impressive 40 year career. From A Line Made by Walking, created in 1976 while a student, which established that art could be a journey, to Cornish Slate Elipse 2009, a sculpture made from the land.

The ARTIST ROOMS touring programme is delivered by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in a partnership with Ferens Art Gallery until 2019. It is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.


Coming soon…

Refuge – Jai Chuhan
15 September – 24 November

For this exhibition Jai will premiere new paintings and create a sculpture. Refuge is part of Asia Triennial Manchester 18 with exhibitions and events taking place across the city on the theme of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Peace and Plenty? Oldham and the First World War
29 September – 12 January

Take a fascinating and moving trip back 100 years to the Oldham of 1918. As the ‘Great War’ drew to a close what had been the experiences on the home front for the people of Oldham? The exhibition revisits their everyday lives, losses and achievements using Gallery Oldham’s extensive collections.