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

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.

A Body to Conquer, A Mind to Conquer
11 May – 6 July
Oldham Boxing and Personal Development Centre has been operating in various guises in the borough of Oldham for over ten years. Visit this fascinating exhibition and find out how the centre is bringing much more than boxing to the town.

Get Oldham Growing: A Five Year Celebration
13 July – 7 September 
Join us as we celebrate the first five years of Get Oldham Growing. Find out how local people are being brought together  through growing, cooking and eating projects. See how communities within Oldham have joined forces to transform previously unloved areas of land to create a community resource that benefits both residents and wildlife.


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.

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.