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  1. You’re invited to our Transformation Party to celebrate plans for OMA – Oldham’s new Heritage and Arts centre

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    Gallery Oldham is inviting Oldham residents and visitors from beyond to celebrate our plans for OMA – Oldham’s new Heritage and Arts Centre – and the National Lottery’s 25th birthday.

    Pop down to the Gallery on Saturday 30 November, 1 – 4pm, to join in the fun.

    Plans for the new OMA building have reached an exciting phase and we want to share them with everyone in Oldham. The contractors, Interserve, have been appointed, plans finalised, and you will start to see progress on site in Spring.

    Come along to our ‘OMA Transformation Party’ and book on to a behind the scenes tour and explore the art and natural collections of Gallery Oldham – don’t forget to book your free ticket as places are limited. Just visit: eventbrite

    See a special display of the OMA building plans at Oldham Local Studies and Archives and watch a digital flythrough of what the restored building will look like on completion. Alongside this, you can take a step back in time and find out more about some special historic items from the original Old Library. You can also take a glimpse at the incredible 3D scans created by University Campus Oldham – they have captured every detail, nook, cranny and feature of the old building.

    Put your creative side to the test and help compose a new song about Oldham and OMA with Lancashire singer and songwriter, Jay Stansfield. Whatever the quality of your singing voice, if you have a way with words you can record your ideas in Jay’s sound booth.

    A sunny day makes all the difference. Artist Alison Cooper knows this all too well and she’ll be there helping you create some ‘super sun’ prints inspired by intricate drawings of the Old Library building.

    What do you love about your local area? Join in with The Love Letter to Oldham, a huge community writing project capturing everything you love about where you live. This is the last chance to contribute your love letter before they are all brought together to form one artwork capturing everything we love about the Oldham area.

    Rebekah Sutcliffe, Strategic Director of Communities and Reform, said:

    “I encourage everyone to come along to this event and find out more about the brilliant new plans to bring the Old Library building back to life into this exciting new venue. OMA brings together the work of Gallery Oldham, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Arts Development and Oldham Local Studies and Archives into one shared space.”

    “There’s a full day of activities for all the family and you will get chance to see the new exciting plans for the building, set to open in 2021. OMA is part of our commitment to improve Oldham’s cultural offer in the town centre and beyond.”

    The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund alongside local philanthropist Sir Norman Stoller. This year the National Lottery is 25 years old and is marking the many schemes it has funded with a special #ThanksToYou campaign.

    If you have bought a lottery ticket you have helped support projects like ours up and down the country. The first 30 people to bring a lottery ticket along to the Transformation Party will receive a special goody bag as our #ThanksToYou.

    Image: Jason Rosewell on Unsplashed
  2. Celebrating 25 years of the National Lottery

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    Join us on Saturday 30 November to celebrate 25 years of the National Lottery at our second Transformation Party. Lottery funding is an important element of our project to create OMA – a new venue for Arts and Heritage in Oldham.

    We’ll be having fun all afternoon at Gallery Oldham. Everyone is welcome, and there will be things to do for the entire family. Artist Alison Cooper will be trying out sun prints and song writer Jay Stansfield will be composing a song from your thoughts about Oldham and OMA. Do you have a good singing voice or a way with words? Could you contribute to the lyrics and tune? Come down and have a go in our voice booth.

    The National Lottery has made more than 5,500 millionaires but its primary purpose is giving to good causes. Since it’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £40 billion has been raised for various arts, sport, heritage and community projects. That includes our current project to transform the old Library, Museum and Art Gallery into OMA.

    OMA brings together Gallery Oldham, Oldham Theatre Workshop and Oldham Local Studies and Archives to create an exciting new venue for Arts and Heritage in Oldham. With construction work due to start in Spring, we want to say thank you to all the players who have made it possible. We are offering goody bags to the first 30 people who arrive at the event with a current National Lottery Ticket.

    Most of the activities at this event are drop in and will be running from 1-4 pm. There are also opportunities to take curator-led tours of the Art and Natural History stores. These tours need to be booked in advance and are scheduled for 2pm and 3pm that day. Numbers are limited so please go to eventbrite to book a space. Throughout the day we will be sharing information about OMA and our plans for the next two years. It’s your chance to find out what we have done so far and how you can be involved in our future.

    There will also be new collection displays in the foyer and a display revealing the detailed plans for OMA in Oldham Local Studies and Archives at it current home on 84 Union Street.