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

Admission charges

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Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Ghats by Simon Parkin

Beyond Seeing - the India Paintings by Simon Parkin

  • 27 September — 22 November 2014 *on now

Central Art Gallery is proud to present the newest exhibition by Simon Parkin. A Glossop artist whose work has a distinct international flavour.
Parkin has visited India yearly since 2009 and created a series of paintings based on his experiences there. He mixes Western and Eastern painting traditions to create vibrant and colourful canvases full of found object and hints to both cultures.
Looking at his work is like entering another world full of meaning and secrets to be discovered. Each painting will mean something different to each person viewing the work
“While in India I studied some of the many art forms available there. A particular influence was the Indian miniature paintings, especially those in which the artist’s main aim was to create an inventive way of representing reality.
I show simple everyday activities such as making tea, washing clothes, or going for puja (religious ceremony) shopping while drawing parallels within our cultures but also to see the differences.”
Simon Parkin was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, in 1964. He graduated with first class honours from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995, having designed and written his own degree programme in painting and art history. Exhibiting nationally since 1995, his work is informed by the hills around Glossop, where he lives and paints, and extensive travel and research in North Africa.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Generation Noise exhibition image

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
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter

  • 25 November 2014 10am-1pm
  • 9 December 2014 10am-1pm

Relax, Meet people, Share ideas, Get creative, Have a good chin wag.
Whether you're an absolute beginner or an experienced yarnster, this knitting group is for everyone (men included!)
Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children