Central Art Gallery

Central Art Gallery
Old Street




0161 342 2650

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Central Art Gallery is a real gem. Located above the library on Old Street in Ashton-under-Lyne, these beautiful gallery spaces were once the studio spaces for the George Hegginbottom Technical Arts College. Today the former studios play host to a varied programme of temporary exhibitions with artwork from regional artists.

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Opening hours

Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am - 12.30pm, 1pm - 4pm
Thursday: 1pm - 7pm
Saturday:10am - 1pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

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Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Generation Noise

  • 27 September 2014 — 10 January 2015 *on now

Join us and make some noise!
Welcome to our music studio where you can create your own unique sounds.
How to make noise

You can make your own discs and play them on the turntables by the log and you can spin the saws to create loud and quiet sounds – try listening to your sounds coming out of the large wooden speakers.

Meet the artists
Our music studio exhibition was made by a group of artists called the Owl Project. They work with wood and electronics to create sculptures which make music and sound art.
You can find out more about the Owl Project by visiting their website www.owlproject.com

The Generation Tour
Hands-on exhibitions for every generation

This exhibition is part of four unique exhibitions specially designed to bring contemporary visual art to a family audience.

Generation is funded through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Programme.
The Generation partners are Berwick Gymnasium Gallery in Northumberland, Central Art Gallery in Ashton-under-Lyne, Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery and Towneley Hall in Burnley.

Keep a look out for the next Generation exhibition on our website www.generationtour.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age
Tameside Weddings photograph

Tameside Weddings

  • 28 November 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now

IT may not necessarily prove to be the most special day in a couple’s life, but for anyone who gets married their wedding day will always be memorable. “Tameside Weddings”, the new exhibition at Tameside Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton, looks at nuptials from a local perspective.

All the material is on public display for the first time and has been loaned by people who live, work or play in the borough. Among the wedding dresses is the one made and worn by Mary Anne Booley when she married Richard Arthur Hughes on February 4, 1914, seven months before Britain entered the First World War.

There is also a sari which was worn at a Hindu ceremony 30 years ago, as well as all the other paraphernalia including invitations, congratulatory telegrams, lucky horseshoes and bride and groom figures from a 1950s cake. Several people have shared their photo albums as well as their recollections.

The exhibition also looks at the impact of wartime rationing and the places people went to for their honeymoon, ranging from Blackpool in the 1950s, to Benidorm in the 1960s and Venezuela in the 1990s. Cllr Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “The traditional image of a wedding day is still a man in a dark suit and a woman in white at a church ceremony, but things have changed drastically.

“Before the war a wedding may have comprised a service and some sandwiches. Nowadays it could easily cost many thousands of pounds and might well take place in a hotel or on a Caribbean beach. “This fascinating exhibition looks at the wedding day from all angles and cultures.”

Suitable for

  • Any age