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

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 –

Solar Flowers – Alexandre Dang

14 March to 13 June

Alexandre Dang - Serres Royales de LaekenArtist Alexandre Dang has displayed his dancing Solar Flowers around the world in recent years. They have become an iconic work testifying to his commitment to the power of renewable energy. The light, bright space of our central gallery will allow the flowers to be seen at their very best.

Alexandre comes from a scientific background and uses solar energy to animate his kinetic art works whilst also raising awareness of the potential of environmentally friendly technologies.

Though the sun provides 10,000 times more energy to the earth than humans need, more than 1.7 billion people still do not have access to electricity. Dang is a founder of Solar Solidarity International (a non-profit international association) to support solar electrification of schools in developing countries.

Visitors may be both charmed by the flowers and awed by the power of the sun. After the exhibition the flowers will be on sale from the Gallery shop. However we can never guarantee the availability of sunshine in Oldham!



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.