Tag Archive: art

  1. Dance The Night Away

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    How we see art very much depends on the time we’re living in. Many of Gallery Oldham‘s paintings have been in our collections for decades, but seem to have taken on a new significance lately. Volunteer Francine McMahon shares three works in our collection which now seem really different as a result of the changes our lives have been through.

    With the final stages of reopening upon us (touch wood), it’s exciting to be thinking about all the things we will be able to do again in the coming months. Brighter days are ahead, even if the weather isn’t showing it, and the one thing that we’re sure most people will be looking forward to is being able to spend time with other people again. To mark the reopening of galleries, indoor dining, and other social activities this month, this post takes a pit-stop tour through some of the works you may have seen before, that now take on a whole new meaning. Having not been able to spend time with loved ones for the best part of a year, and being under restrictions when you do, looking at these works feels even more emotional now that they represent our post-Covid hopes; being close to people again. So, to mark the light at the end of the tunnel (again, touch wood…) let’s live vicariously through artworks in Gallery Oldham’s collection, and think of days ahead.

    Untitled by Ray Walker

    First up is this Ray Walker piece. Although posthumously most widely known for his murals, this particular oil painting feels particularly apt for a post-Covid world, in which we hope to gather, hug, converse, and re-adapt to the usual joys and chaos of ‘normal’ life again. Extra points for putting away the tracksuit bottoms and digging out an orange dress and pink heels ensemble on June 21st, too.

    Return from a Rose Garden by Annie French;

    This watercolour by Scottish artist Annie French, known as one of the Glasgow Girls, depicts a happy scene of girls returning from a rose garden. The artwork is a heartwarming scene of friends spending time together in a way we can now hopefully be looking forward to. Annie French’s works are characterised by their delicate beauty and romantic nature, in whichever medium she uses. In this way, they speak to hopes for a warm summer spent in the sun with loved ones, if only the weather would get the memo.

    Along the Shore by Joseph Edward Southall

    Never has the British seaside felt more appealing than after the best part of a year spent in lockdown, unable to go much further than the supermarket. This tempera painting by Joseph Edward Southall, despite being painted over a century ago, captures the unique charm of the nation’s coastal towns in a way that transcends time. This summer, UK seaside destinations can expect influxes of holidaymakers in a post-Covid revival of the Great British Holiday. Just don’t forget a jumper.

    You can see more of our collection here on Art UK. Art UK also stock a lovely range of items featuring Joseph Southall’s Along the Shore.

  2. First an epidemic abroad, then a pandemic at home

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    Oldham resident Rosetta Ceesay worked in Gambia during the Ebola epidemic, which meant she was more prepared for life here during the Covid-19 pandemic than many of us. Here she shares what she learnt during her time in Gambia, and how it has shaped her approach to lockdowns in Oldham. Rosetta’s contribution joins hundreds of other photos and written accounts in Oldham’s Lockdown Museum. Find out more and submit your own entries here.

    My experience of working in Gambia during Ebola and my studies with World Health Organization has been key to my personal response to the pandemic.

    Rosetta and Omar at work in Gambia
    Rosetta and Omar

    I’m 68 now so unable to be in the field working in Gambia now due to many factors. Flights and health mainly. My husband Omar and I went to a hospital there where only one person was allowed in at a time. Security Guard on the door, we had to walk through a disinfectant foot bath like cows do on farms.  Inside, a cleaner was up and down all day mopping floors with disinfectant, the smell of which was evident.

    If I hadn’t been able to speak Wolof I’d have been lost. I held Mrs Secka’s hand. Tubes up her nose and in her arm, she feared death. This was a time when Ebola was a novel virus killing people. Dr Mike Ryan WHO Director General of Health Emergencies now, virologist, was in Congo in flak jacket and metal helmet to do his research. Gut-wrenching times.

    If I could cope with that, I can cope with Covid19.

    I carried on studying with WHO: Covid19-Methods of Prevention and Control, Respiratory Infection, Incident Management and so on. Knowledge saves lives especially during health emergencies. So I armed myself to go back into the field, but in what way? I do what I can, encouraging others to look after themselves and stay safe. I’ve been a speaker on webinars with WHO – New York, all over the world. Zoom Meetings Greater Manchester.

    Rosetta with her self-portrait

    I’m a retired but voluntarily active Research Psychologist/Art Therapist and interested in mental health during the pandemic.  My advice is always the same – The Arts are therapeutic. As an artist myself I know it does me a world of good, and I can’t wait to get back to the Theatre and Gallery. While shielding, I go to 1853 Studios and my studio is my sanctuary. I paint at home, write, make podcasts, have my own Radio show with Sonder Radio and I do it all at home sending them the shows ready to go. I encourage older people to take up a hobby or interest. Sonder do Digi courses, Manchester Cares have Zoom meetings where elder and younger friends continue to meet.  Gardening is good even if it’s just a window box or a few tubs at the door. Keep active. People laugh when I tell them I put on some chart hits on YouTube and dance like nobody’s watching because nobody is watching.  A one person karaoke is great.  I can hit all the bum notes and nobody knows. The neighbours don’t hear. Ha ha!

    Being alone doesn’t have to mean lonely.  Alone at home I can still achieve a lot such as supervising what I usually do in person in Gambia at Christmas. My Team there gave out toys, sweets and clothes to around 1,500 people, mainly children. They took School Supplies to the region’s only Primary School as education isn’t free they also gave money to keep children in school. They continued our tree planting/reforestation with the Children’s Gardening Club helping and learning.  The village is mud huts in the bush. We’ve done lots there and I’m now doing it remotely and online. 100% voluntary action and we love it.

    It’s good to talk. Reform Radio have Buddyline where a volunteer gives an aging person a call weekly and these may lead to Podcasts on Mixcloud. I have a weekly chat.

    We can still have a good life since lockdown isn’t locked up. We aren’t in jail. We can still go out, just with a few sensible restrictions and a mask. The better we are at it the sooner we will be through it especially now there are several approved vaccines in the world. How about we all become encouragers and show our wonderful community spirit in Oldham and make every day a good day. “Life is what you make it” is true. I like C.S. Lewis’s saying:  “You’re never too old to set another goal’ or to dream another dream.” True! This is how I live my life to the full. Stay safe friends and live the dream.

  3. Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun Online

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    Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities for children & families of all ages. From our digital early years sessions to our online Super Saturdays there’s always something to join in with.

    Super Saturdays Super Saturday collage have gone digital until further notice.

    Join our fantastic selection of artists for a mixture of craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family every Saturday.

    All Super Saturday activities can be downloaded from our kids and families page and are FREE.

    #GalleryOldham @GalleryOldham

  4. Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun Online

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    Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities for children & families of all ages. From our digital early years sessions to our online Super Saturdays there’s always something to join in with.

    Super Saturdays Super Saturday collage have gone digital until further notice.

    Join our fantastic selection of artists for a mixture of craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family every Saturday.

    All Super Saturday activities can be downloaded from our kids and families page and are FREE.

    #GalleryOldham @GalleryOldham

  5. Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun Online

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    Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities for children & families of all ages. From our digital early years sessions to our online Super Saturdays there’s always something to join in with.

    Super Saturdays Super Saturday collage have gone digital until further notice.

    Join our fantastic selection of artists for a mixture of craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family every Saturday.

    All Super Saturday activities can be downloaded from our kids and families page and are FREE.

    #GalleryOldham @GalleryOldham

  6. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  7. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  8. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  9. Super Saturday – Creative Family Fun Online

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    Gallery Oldham is full of fun, creative and exciting activities for children & families of all ages. From our digital early years sessions to our online Super Saturdays there’s always something to join in with.

    Super Saturdays Super Saturday collage have gone digital until further notice.

    Join our fantastic selection of artists for a mixture of craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family every Saturday.

    All Super Saturday activities can be downloaded from our kids and families page and are FREE.

    #GalleryOldham @GalleryOldham

  10. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  11. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  12. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  13. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  14. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  15. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  16. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  17. Gallery Talks Series (Cancelled)

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards.
    Talks are given by gallery staff or guest speakers. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Upcoming talks:

    Wednesday 25 March, 1pm
    Find out more about Syn Shelton’s work documenting Rock Against Racism.

    Wednesday 15 April, 1pm
    Take a close look at the images in Matisse:Drawing with Scissors.

  18. In conversation with Mahtab Hussain

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    This FREE event celebrates the launch of our latest exhibition. From 1pm you can meet artist Mahtab Hussain and learn about the portraits in his ‘You Get Me?’ series. There will be an ‘In Conversation’ discussion of the exhibition from 1.30pm.

    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and there is always time for a discussion and questions afterwards.

    Saturday 9 March, from 1pm

     

     

  19. Gallery Talks Series

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Wednesday 30 January, 1pm
    Join our Natural History curator Patricia Francis to find out more about the wildlife on display in the Oldham Stories exhibition.

     

  20. Gallery Talks Series

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    Our free lunchtime talks are informal and last around 40 minutes with time for a discussion and questions afterwards. All talks are drop in, no need to book.

    Saturday 12 January, 1pm
    Enjoy a guided tour around the Peace and Plenty exhibition with our social history curator and learn more about life in Oldham during the First World War.