Central Art Gallery

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

Closed Sunday and Monday

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Samplers – Stitching Stories

  • 13 April — 30 June 2018 *on now

Samplers – Stitching Stories
13 April – 30 June 2018

An Exhibition of Samplers and Embroidery from Tameside
The embroideries in this exhibition tell stories – from the lives of local women struggling to work and raise families during the nineteenth century, to soldiers of the Manchester Regiment stationed in far-flung imperial outposts and fighting in the trenches of the Western Front.

Practice pieces known as samplers often included embroidered flowers, quaint cottages and religious verses. However, the charming subject matter often hides the difficult circumstances in which they were produced. This exhibition explores the stories behind the samplers.

Although largely considered a pastime for women and girls, embroidery was also practiced by men. This exhibition includes pieces by soldiers whose skilful needlework helps to tell the story of the Manchester Regiment during the late nineteenth century.

During the First World War embroidered postcards were collected and sent by soldiers serving on the Western Front to loved ones back home. Stitched by French and Belgian women, they incorporated patriotic emblems and symbols of love and friendship. The brightly coloured threads would have contrasted with the khaki and brown of the trenches, helping to boost morale at the Front and in Britain.

As well as being creative and decorative works, these embroideries hold fascinating stories within their stitches.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Story Makers

  • 13 April — 30 June 2018 *on now

Story Makers
13 April – 30 June 2018
Tameside Libraries have worked with local families and artists to create four fabulous picture books. This family-friendly, hands-on exhibition is a celebration of this innovative and exciting project. With artwork from illustrator Adam Pryce and words from author Caryl Hart, this exhibition shows the process of how each book was created, from the families’ initial ideas through to the finished books. Discover what happens to Joey the kangaroo on his supermarket space mission, and how a swim in the local swimming baths can lead to an underwater sea adventure.
The Story Makers project was funded by Arts Council England.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10



Central Art Gallery
Old Street




0161 342 2650

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