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Life Drawing goes digital!

Have you always fancied trying life drawing but haven’t had the opportunity to take part? We have the perfect solution. Join our new digital life drawing classes, guided by an artist explore different techniques, drawing nude figures of all shapes and sizes, and creating quick 2 minute sketches to longer held 20 minute poses! And […]

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Accelerate – Oldham’s Festival of Transport Goes Digital

  Accelerate goes Digital…Buckle up and join us as Oldham Festival of Transport goes digital this Saturday.   This weekend we should have been welcoming you all to Gallery Oldham for our annual Accelerate festival, featuring SpareParts Festival, Tame Valley Vintage Car Club and Museum of Transport for Greater Manchester. However, due to the impact […]

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Oldham Lockdown Museum Launch

Today we’re launching Oldham’s Lockdown Museum, a new digital project to collect a snapshot of what life is like during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Photo: Early Years Adventure: Printing At Home

Early Years Adventure: Printing At Home

Our activity this week is inspired by ‘Now the Mill Has Gone’ by Peter Stanaway. Artist Fay will be helping you to explore printing at home using found materials. Using blocks of colour and strong graphic shapes, the artist depicts a street scene in a northern town within this artwork.   Born in Manchester in […]

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#GetCreativeAtHome: Chippy Tea

Gallery Oldham’s getting involved with #GetCreativeAtHome to provide some great ideas of how you can get creative at home all based around the Chippy Tea.

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Early Years Adventure: Tram on Union Street

Welcome to this week’s early years adventure with the the team at Gallery Oldham. We’re delighted to bring you this next activity inspired by the work of Cliff Murphy, an Oldham artist who is a firm favourite of staff and visitors alike. This week we’re focusing on Tram on Union Street. The galleries collection holds […]

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Remember When? The Albion

Every Monday, join us as we delve into the Archive to bring to life Oldham’s past. For this weeks Remember When? we take a look at The Albion pub.

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Remember When? Elk Mill

Join us as we bring to light Oldham’s past. In this Remember When? we celebrate our industrial history and take a look at Elk Mill.

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Great Science Share – Dawn Chorus

Dawn Chorus – Great Science Share The Great Science Share is an annual science festival across Greater Manchester. This year the festival has taken a digital turn an we are excited to release our first blog inspired by the GSS! Each week our blog will focus on a new theme and will use our collections […]

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Walking through a rainbow

We’ve got all sorts of rainbows at Gallery Oldham. Some in paintings whilst others are light installations where you feel like you’re walking through one.

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Remember When? The Mighty Mannequin

In this weeks Remember When? we look back at celebrity, Joan Rhodes. Oldham Local Studies and Archives holds many amazing stories about remarkable people. None more so than that of Miss Joan Rhodes.

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Super Saturdays: Be Kind Activities

The best thing you can do to make the world a better place is to create a culture of kindness in your own home. Be the shiny example to your family this week and pass a bit of kindness on to the ones that you love.

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Exploring GO Explorers

Since our early years programmes began in 2013 we have had the privilege to work with hundreds of parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, carers and everyone else in between.

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Super Saturdays: Easter Activities

We’ve come up with some brilliant Easter ideas for some festive fun over the holidays. You may not be gathering around the dinner table with extended family and friends this Easter but here are some creative fun things to do to celebrate instead. 

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Remember When? Co-op in Oldham

Today, our corner shops and food stores are working hard to make sure we can buy essentials. Take a moment to look back at the Coop… one of our most familiar and oldest established retailers.

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Coronavirus update: 19 March 2020

The Gallery will be closing at 5pm today and will not reopen until there is a change in UK government advice.  Oldham Local Studies and Archives is also now closed. Oldham Council have a full page of local updates and advice which you can find here. Oldham Library will remain open to allow access to […]

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Happy Global Recycling day!

Happy Global Recycling day! At Gallery Oldham we don’t just recycle, we up-cycle! Our Social History Curator, Bill Longshaw, has found several objects that are no longer appropriate for use in the Gallery but instead of just getting rid of them we’re giving them to artists who are turning them into art!

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Coronavirus update: 16 March 2020

Coronavirus Public Information Update: 16 March 2020 We want  Gallery Oldham to be a safe place for visitors, staff, and volunteers. We are following the advice of Oldham Council and UK government over our approach and want to keep you updated. Visiting Gallery Oldham At present our opening hours remain unchanged and ask that you follow […]

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Rock Against Racism

Our latest exhibition opens on Saturday 14 March. Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism explores the musical movement through the key years between 1976 and 1981. Syd Shelton spent time capturing the movement through photography and this important display of his work captures the spirit of the times. The exhibition revisits the energy of Rock Against […]

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Sounds Like Her – Artist’s Review

As part of the wonderful ‘Sounds Like Her‘ touring exhibition, currently on display until 7th March. We’re delighted to bring you a new review series by local creatives. Inspired by the exhibition one of our fantastic visitor services team has recorded a podcast completely inspired by Sounds Like Her. Give her piece a listen by […]

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The Moon has landed! at Queen Elizabeth Hall

The Moon has landed!  Queen Elizabeth Hall Oldham tomorrow. Illuminate will take place as planned this Friday 21 February but due to the high winds ‘Museum of the Moon’ will now be relocated to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street. View this mesmerising Giant Illuminated Moon throughout the evening. Friday 21st February 6 – 9pm. […]

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On a Roll

Exploring my family history with the textile industry through Gallery Oldham’s collections. Discovering Rome Mill, the Lees and textile rollers.

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See Oldham in a New Light

We’ve mentioned it already but we are really excited about this year’s Illuminate Festival! This is the fourth Illuminate Festival and is your chance to see Oldham town centre in a new light. An opportunity to witness some mesmerising installations and dazzling performances. If you haven’t experienced Illuminate before then this film from last year […]

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February Half-term Activities

February 2020 Half-Term family fun activities at Gallery Oldham get creative and join in the fun, have a go at spirograph soundwaves and making a mobile.

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Art UK shop

Find out more about Art UK and how to buy your favourite prints from Gallery Oldham’s and other public art collections across the UK.

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Telling Stories – Objects Out of their Box

To celebrate National Storytelling Week we’re launching a project to tell new stories. Bill Longshaw looks after the Social History collections at Gallery Oldham. Here’s his story….. My name is Bill Longshaw and my job at Gallery Oldham is to look after the Social History collections. As well as all kinds of art and natural […]

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Photo: Transformation Party revisited

Transformation Party revisited

At the end of November 2019 we showed over 150 people our plans for OMA which will transform the old Library, Museum and Art Gallery into a new Arts & Heritage centre and bring together Gallery Oldham, Oldham Theatre Workshop, Oldham Arts Development and Oldham Local Studies and Archive. It also celebrated 25 years of […]

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Pass it on

In December 2018, The Oldham Rugby League Heritage Trust was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The award was to help the Trust to prepare the donation of their impressive rugby league memorabilia collection to Gallery Oldham. To mark the successful completion of the project a special celebration event takes place this Saturday, […]

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Conservation on display

Guest blog by paintings conservator Elizabeth Jowett My latest project is working with Gallery Oldham to conserve paintings from their collection that were damaged in a flood. The variation in severity of damage is vast, with some paintings really badly affected by direct contact with water, while others have been damaged by the humidity. I […]

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Photo: Work set to start on OMA

Work set to start on OMA

Work to transform the former Oldham library building into a new state of the art, arts and heritage centre is a step closer following the appointment of the lead contractor. Interserve, the international support services, construction and equipment group, have been chosen to deliver the £13m project and restore the grade two-listed former library and […]

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Interview with Kevin Haynes and the Oldham Open

We’ve been very busy this week installing the Oldham Open which is due to open on Friday 20 September. Over 300 works were submitted and approximately 260 pieces will be included in the exhibition. I caught up with local artist Kevin Haynes, who has two new paintings in the exhibition this year. His picture I’m […]

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Gift shopping? Try our shop

Looking for a special gift or a treat for yourself this summer? Why not visit our shop in the foyer for a range of crafts, cards, children’s toys and Oldham souvenirs to suit all pockets.   We’re proud to stock a unique selection of textiles, ceramics and hand-crafted jewellery created by local artists and craftspeople. […]

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Songs and Ballads of Peterloo: Talk by Dr Alison Morgan

Don’t miss Dr Alison Morgan fascinating talk about songs and ballads linked to Peterloo based on her new book at Gallery Oldham on 24th July 2019 at 1pm.   Dr Alison Morgan’s book, Ballads and Songs of Peterloo, is the first to gather more than 70 contemporary songs and poems about the massacre in a […]

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