Community Gallery & Foyer Exhibitions

community_gallery_signThe Community Gallery shows a wide range of exhibitions by groups and individuals from the Borough of Oldham.

Anyone who is interested in submitting an exhibition proposal for consideration should contact Joy Thorpe on 0161 770 4653 or email

Cottam Street Pocket Park
24 March – 12 May

This exhibition celebrates the collaborative project between local artist Jack Doyle, Robin Durkan, a landscape architect from Oldham Council and St.Hilda’s C.E Primary School in Oldham. The park is built on the former site of Pine Mill near Oldham Royal Hospital.

Colour Splash!
19 May – 7 July

Come along and immerse yourself in a riotous colourful exhibition created by pupils at Kingfisher Special School. Some of the pieces on display are for sale helping raise funds for their hydrotherapy pool.

Terry Rushworth: Tera Incognita
14 July – 8 September

This exhibition reflects the artist’s childhood in Oldham and the effects of ill health, religion and education. His work draws on the myths and symbolism found in art and literature.

Open Shutters
15 September – 10 November

Mental illness presents massive challenges to those who experience it and the people around them. This series of portraits by Oldham photographer Lisa Marie Gee tells the stories of people who found strength and direction from their mental health journey.

Foyer Exhibitions

The Gallery Foyer has a permanent display of items from our collections. It is also the place to look out for smaller pop-up exhibitions throughout the year.

BBC Civilisations
2 March – 22 April

A special display linking Gallery Oldham’s collections to the new BBC TV series.

A View From Crime Lake
30 April – 2 June

This Heritage Lottery funded project celebrates the history of Hollinwood and the surrounding area with a focus on holidays, hobbies and pastimes.

Fighting for the Vote in Oldham
7 June – 21 July

Local pupils have been working with Gallery Oldham on Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme to explore objects and stories around the Oldhamers who campaigned for votes for women.

Kashmiri Lives
23 July – 11 August

A project capturing the memories and experiences of the Kashmiri community in Greater Manchester. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Making Our Mark
20 August – 1 September

Work created by groups of young people during workshops and an arts residential connected to our ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long exhibition.

Making an exhibition of ourselves
7 September – 6 October

Over the last fifty years Oldham Theatre Workshop has evolved into one of the country’s leading youth and community organisations. Take a backstage look at how it has shaped the lives of Oldham’s young people and used the art of theatre to reflect changes in British youth culture.

Check back here for more information on our upcoming community gallery and foyer exhibitions.