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

Nancy Crilley: In Stitches 
2 December – 20 January

Using free machine embroidery, acrylic paint and collage, Nancy Crilley creates images inspired by sketches and photographs made on her travels of from memory or imagination.
Sometimes starting from a pencil drawing on paper and at other times collaging or painting directly onto the canvas, her work, which is often figurative, fluctuates between the representational, the whimsical and the abstract.

Les Barrow: For the Love of Art 
27 January – 17 March 

A retrospective exhibition of the works of Royton artist and potter Les Barrow. Throughout his life Les inspired many people with his caring attitude and hands on approach to art and pottery. His life’s work includes urban and rural scenes of Oldham and Delph, together with portraits of people who sat for Oldham Society of Artists of which he was the treasurer.


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.


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.

A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects 
Until the end of November 

Lancashire Life magazine is celebrating it’s 70th birthday to tell the history of Lancashire using museum objects.
Oldham’s Object, selected by the public, is a lantern slide which captured the amazing find of Oldham’s Fossil Forest in 1879.

The Future in Your Hands
6 – 27 November 

This touring photography exhibition celebrates people from across the North West living with a musculoskeletal condition such as arthritis.

From the Negative to the Positive
8 January – 2 February

Gallery Oldham has been working with “The Ragamuffins” a group of local people with dementia. From workshops led by the artists Ian Beesley, Tony Husband and Ian McMillan they have created an exhibition of photography, cartoons and poems that express their thoughts, hopes and experiences.

BBC Civilisations
2 March – 31 March

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

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