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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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.
Towards the edge

Towards the Edge: Paintings of the Peak District by Simon Parkin

  • 15 October 2016 — 4 February 2017 *on now

THE latest exhibition at Tameside Central Art Gallery sees the return of popular Glossop-based artist Simon Parkin.

Following on from his vibrant and colourful “India” series two years ago, his latest work takes inspiration from the landscapes of the Peak District.

He explained: “My painting derives from the need to connect to the environment. I strive to capture the feeling, atmosphere and essence of character of the location. When painting outside I become part of the landscape.

“There is a continual dialogue with the paintings as I feel my way through the layers of paint, capturing what I see, think and feel. I use the painting process to explore the landscape, the ever-changing colours and textures, the dramatic sense of light and space, as well as the wildlife that inhabits and helps form the landscape.”

Simon uses objects within his paintings such as bracken, heather, small pieces of gritstone and dried grasses which he collects from the areas he is depicting. These help to create a greater sense of place and bring another dimension to the work.

Visitors are invited to mentally step inside the paintings and to lose themselves in their own thoughts and feelings.

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.
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Stitch in Time - Sewing Circle

  • 28 October 2016 10am-1pm
  • 11 November 2016 10am-1pm
  • 25 November 2016 10am-1pm
  • 9 December 2016 10am-1pm

The group meets at Central Art Gallery every 2nd and 4th Friday every month in the morning from 10:00 - 13:00. Come along for the whole session or just drop in. It's free!
Whether you are new to sewing or an expert stitcher, this group is for everyone to come along to, learn new skills and most of all have fun!

Suitable for

  • 18+



Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter

  • 25 October 2016 10am-1pm
  • 8 November 2016 10am-1pm
  • 22 November 2016 10am-1pm
  • 13 December 2016 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



Central Art Gallery
Old Street




0161 342 2650

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