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

Please check before visiting.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Set out your Stalls

Set Out your Stalls

  • 10 February — 15 April 2017 *on now

As part of Ashton Market’s celebratory event and Heritage Open Day 2016, children from local schools and groups worked alongside professional artists to create their own mini market as an art installation on Ashton Market. Each participant also achieved an Arts Award DISCOVER. Central Art Gallery’s exhibition ‘Set out your Stalls’ is bringing the art installation together again for all to see.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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StArt 2017

  • 10 March — 14 April 2017 *on now

StArt, the biannual exhibition of work by Tameside primary schools, has again filled the walls at Tameside Central Art Gallery with a vibrant celebration of creativity.

Eight schools from across the borough have submitted works on a range of themes. The result is a riot of space rockets, painted animals, self-portraits and graffiti art. Some children have drawn inspiration from famous artists too, including Roy Lichtenstein and Kandinsky.

Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “This exhibition is a wonderful way of recognising and inspiring youngsters’ artistic abilities. We have been very impressed by the standard of work, which has come together as an appealing and colourful display for all to enjoy.”

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

  • 24 March 2017 10am-1pm *on now
  • 28 April 2017 10am-1pm
  • 12 May 2017 10am-1pm
  • 26 May 2017 10am-1pm
  • 9 June 2017 10am-1pm
  • 23 June 2017 10am-1pm
  • 14 July 2017 10am-1pm
  • 28 July 2017 10am-1pm
  • 11 August 2017 10am-1pm
  • 25 August 2017 10am-1pm
  • 8 September 2017 10am-1pm
  • 22 September 2017 10am-1pm
  • 13 October 2017 10am-1pm
  • 27 October 2017 10am-1pm
  • 10 November 2017 10am-1pm
  • 24 November 2017 10am-1pm
  • 8 December 2017 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

  • 28 March 2017 10am-1pm
  • 11 April 2017 10am-1pm
  • 25 April 2017 10am-1pm
  • 9 May 2017 10am-1pm
  • 23 May 2017 10am-1pm
  • 13 June 2017 10am-1pm
  • 27 June 2017 10am-1pm
  • 11 July 2017 From 10am
  • 25 July 2017 10am-1pm
  • 8 August 2017 10am-1pm
  • 22 August 2017 10am-1pm
  • 12 September 2017 10am-1pm
  • 26 September 2017 10am-1pm
  • 10 October 2017 10am-1pm
  • 24 October 2017 10am-1pm
  • 14 November 2017 10am-1pm
  • 28 November 2017 10am-1pm
  • 12 December 2017 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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.