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

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.

No! Not Another Mince Pie
17 November – 5 January
Les Johnson’s quirky take on traditional Christmas card designs puts the mince pie in some very nontraditional settings. Take a look at this exhibition and pick up some of his cards in our shop.

Fetchin’ Etchins
14 January – 2 March
We asked our learners to showcase some of their printmaking skills in this fabulous exhibition. All work has been completed during our evening classes, from beginners to the more experienced our learners are a truly talented group.

Too Old to Die Young: Punk Photography by Phil King
16 March – 4 May
Phil has followed the Punk scene since 1977 when he witnessed The Adverts explode at the Middleton Civic Hall. In 2010 Phil picked up his first digital camera and began to teach himself photography. These images capture the energy and excitement of a punk gig and demonstrate the fact that, 40 years on, the passion of the ageing artists has barely diminished.


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.

Making an Exhibition of Ourselves
Until 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.

A Love Letter to Oldham
15 October – 3 November

Creative arts organisation Arc is asking Oldhamers to celebrate what makes our town special by writing personal letters about significant places and precious memories. Add to our growing collection of wonderful words, with the final communal Love Letter to Oldham forming part of the launch celebrations for our new Heritage Centre.

Stories of Sacrifice
5 November – 1 December

Catch this special touring version of the British Muslim Heritage Centre’s award-winning exhibition dedicated to the bravery and sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of Muslim soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War.

The Chronicles of Oldham
8 January – 9 February
Photographer Ian Beesley has been digitising glass negatives from the Oldham Chronicle Archive. This exhibition captures these 1930s images and the reactions to them from ‘The Ragamuffins’, a group of local people with dementia.

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