Central Art Gallery

Central Art Gallery
Old Street




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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.
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
Simeon Stafford Exhibition picture

IT’S Colourful Up North

  • 15 January — 28 February 2015 *on now

The exhibition celebrates the work of Dukinfield-born artist Simeon Stafford, who now lives in Cornwall. The works were all previously donated to Tameside Museums and Galleries Service by the artist.

Simeon focuses on similar scenes to LS Lowry and Harry Rutherford but uses a wider palette and much thicker-layered paint to depict his old home, the street where he lived and the people around him. His Cornish work is influenced by bright light, and while his Northern crowd scenes are from markets and fairs, the Western scenes show people frolicking in the sea and on the beaches.

Suitable for

  • Any age