Young People

Gallery Oldham has a wide range of collections and exhibitions to inspire your creative side!

Filming in the gallery

The gallery is dedicated to providing hands-on opportunities to develop the skills and talents of young people aged 11 – 25. If you’re an individual or group interested in what we do then get in touch!

We can work with you to develop and deliver interesting and engaging projects to suit your needs and talents. Gallery Oldham is an Arts Award Centre and Supporter, trained to deliver all levels of Arts Award to individuals and groups.

If you or your group of young people would like to do your Arts Award or need help completing your Arts Award then please get in touch, we can offer practical workshops, tours of the gallery, career sessions, object handling sessions and bespoke workshops.

Looking for things to do during Lockdown? 

Drawing from the Nude Figure 
£4 minimum donation per session, fortnightly.

For 18+’s we host fortnightly life drawing sessions aimed at developing your drawing skills and creating together.

Join us for our zoom artist led sessions, working with different materials in the comfort of your own home!

Draw from a range of timed poses from 2 minutes to 20, enter your drawing into the ‘models choice’ prize and you could be in for the chance of winning a handmade prize from a local artist.

To join email: for joining instructions.

Creative Care Kit –

We have been working with 26 other organisations across Greater Manchester to make and distribute 22,000 Creative Care Kits to young people with limited internet access.

You are welcome to download your own copy of the 36 page book full of ideas, activities and tips to support wellbeing. This resource is free to use by young people, families and those who support young people.

Creative Care Kit Young People  (PDF Download)

Lockdown Summer School
£15 – includes materials & sessions with an artist.

We are delighted to be bringing back our popular arts summer schools to a screen near you!
Our summer schools are the perfect opportunity to explore materials, meet new people, collaborate and create. This year we have ten spaces available on our summer school – you will be led by an artist to create new artworks inspired by protests, banners and graphic design. All whilst working together digitally as well as independently.

To take part you MUST be available on:
Wednesday 5th, Monday 10th, Friday 14th and Wednesday 19th August

All sessions will be delivered via zoom. Price includes materials which will be posted to individuals.

Bookings open – SOON


NEXTWAVEARTS is the new micro-commission programme from Gallery Oldham and Oldham Arts Development team. We know that Covid-19 has impacted the world in many ways we couldn’t have ever dreamt of. And we’re also aware of how hard this has affected young people across the globe.

The NEXTWAVEARTS programme is a way to support young people based in Oldham through small funding pots which support the development of new work. We are looking for ten young people, aged 17 – 25, in Oldham to create new works of art inspired by our art collection. This can be in any format from painting to drama, song writing to spoken word and dance – we want to hear from you.

If selected for one of the commissions you will also receive support from staff at Gallery Oldham and Oldham Arts Development, four Q&A opportunities with mid-career artists, showcasing the work on Gallery Oldham’s social media channels & creating a network of emerging artists.

NEXTWAVEARTS Micro Commission (PDF Download)

Deadline for applications – 5pm, Sunday 26th July