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.

The Community Gallery, which has a wide range of exhibitions by groups and individuals from the Borough of Oldham.


Gallery 2 –

Botanical Invasion

20 June – 3 OctoberBotanical Invasion - Spacecadets

Flowers of gigantic proportions are taking over Gallery Oldham!

The invaders are six oversized exotic species of plant life and inflatable flowers made by visual artists
Spacecadets. Spacecadets Air Design art inventors and designers of the unexpected, creating temporary inflatable sculptures from the undiscovered parts of the imagination.

Co-directors Jamima Latimer and Louise Miller have been making inflatable art, transforming landscapes and opening minds for over a decade.

Designed to inspire family audiences these interactive and contemporary sculptures are animated in a fun and playful way. Visitors of all ages will be enthralled by this artwork and inspired to  view the world differently.



Gallery 3 – Season’s BestCuckoo specimen

23 May – 31 October

It is sometimes said that Oldham’s weather allows you to experience all four seasons in one day. This display will do the same thing – using our spectacular collections of Art, Natural History and Social History.

So come with us on a journey from spring through to winter as we celebrate the rhythms of the year. You might want to wrap up warm for our selection of snowy paintings or learn about the cuckoo that is so strongly associated with spring.

Find out more about Wakes Weeks and the Holidays at Home movement of summers long gone by. Or stroll amongst the autumn woodlands depicted by artists such as James Watts and Alfred East.

Younger visitors will also enjoy exploring the wealth of our collection through a range of Family Friendly activities.


Gallery 4 – Designs on our future

Until 3 October

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.