A host of exciting and varied exhibitions and events will be on offer Gallery Oldham this month.
Find Gallery Oldham in the Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL. Gallery Oldham is part of the Library and Lifelong Learning building.
Botanical Invasion (20 June – 3 October)
Flowers of gigantic proportions are taking over Gallery Oldham! The invaders are six oversized exotic species of plant life and inflatable flowers made by visual artists Spacecadets. Co-directors Jamima Latimer and Louise Miller have been making inflatable art, transforming landscapes and opening minds for over a decade. Visitors of all ages will be enthralled by this artwork and inspired to view the world differently.
Season’s Best (Until 31 October)
It is sometimes said that Oldham’s weather allows you to experience all four seasons in one day. This display will do the same thing – using our spectacular collections of art, natural history and social history. So come with us on a journey from spring through to winter as we celebrate the rhythms of the year. Find out more about Wakes Weeks and the Holidays at Home movement of summers long gone by. Or stroll amongst the autumn woodlands depicted by artists such as James Watts and Alfred East. Younger visitors will also enjoy exploring the wealth of our collections through a range of fun Family Friendly activities.
Solar Flowers – Alexandre Dang (Until 13 June)
Artist Alexandre Dang has displayed his dancing Solar Flowers around the world. They have become an iconic work testifying to his commitment to the power of renewable energy. The light, bright space of our central gallery will allow the flowers to be seen at their very best. Alexandre Dang comes from a scientific background and uses solar energy to animate his kinetic art works whilst also raising awareness of the potential of environmentally friendly technologies. Visitors may be both charmed by the flowers and awed by the power of the sun. After the exhibition the flowers will be on sale from the Gallery shop.
Designs on our Future
We’re looking to the future with plans for a new Theatre and Heritage Centre in Oldham well underway. The scheme aims to bring the old library building back into use and develop surrounding land to create a vibrant cultural hub for Oldham. This is your chance to keep up to date with our progress, see the architect’s drawings and hear all about our plans. Photographer Ian Beesley and poet Ian McMillan have also been looking at this project and their creative responses will be on display. The project was awarded development funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England in 2012. Since then we’ve been busy developing the concept with the aim of applying for further funding. Initial conversations have brought us a long way and now we’d like your ideas. To get you started we’ll be displaying the poster that advertised our first ever exhibition on 1 August 1883. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to design a new poster telling us what visitors might see in our new spaces.
‘Oldham Stories: Encounters with our collections’ (permanent exhibition)
In response to feedback from our visitors we launch a new permanent exhibition packed full of Oldham stories. This is your chance to see some of our most treasured artefacts alongside items that might just surprise you. We bring together objects from our Natural History, Social History and Art collections to look again at Oldham’s past and present. We tell the stories of a range of local figures such as suffragette Annie Kenney, the pioneering natural history collector James Nield and popular artist Helen Bradley. Oldham Stories features the breadth of our extensive collections. From birds and shells to archaeology and embroidered samplers, every object has a tale to tell. Artwork on show includes important British paintings from the Charles Lees Collection as well as paintings by artists that illustrate local scenes and characters.
The Community Gallery features work by groups or individuals who live or work in Oldham, or anyone whose subject matter relates to Oldham. Do you have an exhibition proposal? Please contact Joy Thorpe on 0161 770 4663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainy City Roller Girls: Hit Like A Girl! (Until 4 July)
Oldham’s Rainy City Roller Girls are one of the top roller derby teams in the UK and Europe. This exhibition illustrates the strength and athleticism behind one of the biggest female sports movement in the world.
Our monthly talks are free, informal and last around 40 minutes with time for discussion afterwards. There is no need to book. If you are bringing a group of more than five please contact the Gallery on 0161 770 4742 beforehand.
Wednesday 17 June, 2pm – Examine the art in our Season’s Best exhibition.
Behind the Scenes
While many of our exhibitions contain objects from the collections it is not possible to show everything permanently. We run special tours of our stores to look at objects that are not currently on view.
Tuesday 9 June, 2pm: Social History Collections
Sessions are free but please consider a donation to support the work of the Gallery. Booking is essential on 0161 770 4742.
Oldham Cultural Forum
The forum is a meeting place for creative people to gain advice and network with other professionals working in the creative industries. Information sessions take place at the Gallery on:
Monday 8 June, 6–8pm
To book a place at the forum or for more advice call 0161 770 3959 or email: email@example.com
Children and Families
Gallery Oldham is full of fun activities and events for families and children of all ages.
Children must be accompanied by an adult at all family sessions. If you are bringing a group of 10 or more please book in advance on 0161 770 4742. Arts and crafts at each session are most suitable for children aged 4–10 years.
Be inspired by our exhibitions! We’ve artist led craft activities, painting, drawing and creative fun for all the family on the first Saturday of the month. Free – no need to book, just drop in from 12noon–4pm. Activities are most suitable for children aged 4–10 years.
Saturday 6 June
The Small Cinema
Bringing cinema back to Oldham -Every month we hosts a children’s classic in The Performance Space.
Saturday 20 June, 2pm: My Neighbour Totoro (PG)
Magical and otherworldly tale of childhood from Studio Ghibli. Tickets cost £3 and include a goodie bag for children. You can reserve tickets at the welcome desk or call 0161 770 4742