Gallery Oldham Listings: November 2014

Gallery Oldham Listings: November 2014

For more information call 0161 770 4653 or log onto or

Find Gallery Oldham at Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL. It is part of the Library and Lifelong Learning building.



Jerwood Makers Open (November 15 – March, 1 2015)

The annual Jerwood Makers Open is a major commission that gives early career artists £7,500 each to develop new work and take artistic risks. Chosen from over 240 applications, the selected makers include two collaborative duos for the first time in the award’s history. The artists offer a range of projects across different disciplinary backgrounds, from architecture and spatial design to more traditional craft-based skills in ceramics and glass. This year the artists selected are ceramicists Hitomi Hosono and Matthew Raw, artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, glass artist Shelley James and spatial storytellers FleaFollyArchitects. Between them they are experimenting with material, technical, conceptual and narrative concerns. From a modern day Tower of Babel to a full sized pub front the result is a fascinating and varied exhibition by makers pushing the boundaries of their craft.

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.

200 Years on Union Street (until January 31, 2015)

Union Street in Oldham was first laid out in the early 1800s. This quiet country lane was intended as a by-pass for travellers to avoid the steep route through the town centre. Now the new Metrolink route brings visitors along this busy street every day. Using objects and paintings from our collections this exhibition charts the buildings and people that have shaped Union Street over the years. There’s a wealth of material to explore – from the original doors of the Odeon Cinema to a World War I roll of honour recording the sacrifices of employees from the Prudential’s offices. As well as family friendly activities we also want your memories of Union Street. So if you learnt to swim in the town’s first public baths or had your first pint at the Bath Hotel we’d love to hear your stories.

‘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.

Community Gallery

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

Kubatana Nematombo – Together With Stones (until November 15)

Matombo Tombo is an Oldham based group of stone carvers of British and Zimbabwean heritage. This exhibition demonstrates what can happen when stone mined in Zimbabwe and Shona stone carving traditions and techniques are introduced into an Oldham setting. 

Gordon Clegg: Face the World (November 22 – January 3)

This exhibition is a collection of portraits of peoples from around the world. Wherever we live the face is our identity and our means of communication. In today’s diverse communities, Gordon’s work celebrates the one thing we all have in common, our face.

Gallery Talks

Our monthly talks are free, informal and last around 40 minutes with time for discussion afterwards. There is no need to book but if you are bringing a group of more than five please contact the Gallery on 0161 770 4742 beforehand.

Wednesday 19 November, 2pm: Find out more about the Jerwood Makers.

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 4653. Arts and crafts at each session are most suitable for children aged 4–10 years. 

Super Saturdays

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 1 November – The Small cinema

Bringing cinema back to Oldham – Every month we hosts a children’s classic in The Performance Space.

Sat 15 November, 2pm: Muppets Most Wanted (U)

Kermit and the gang head out on a world tour. Tickets cost £3 and include a goodie bag for children, with a chance to win a copy of the film on DVD. You can reserve tickets at the welcome desk or call 0161 770 4742

Get creative

Have fun with film-related arts and craft sessions before each movie from 12noon–2pm in the foyer. Visit for film listings and details.

Activities for Young People

Arts Award

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. Gallery Oldham is now an Arts Award centre, able to deliver Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver awards for groups or individuals.

Explore! – Saturdays 1, 8, 15 and 22 November, 11.30am–1.30pm

Be inspired by our exhibitions and collections. Develop your artistic skills and complete your Explore Arts Award over four creative sessions. Most suitable for 11–16 year olds. Free – only 10 places available so advance booking is essential. for more details.

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