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 Closed
Saturday:10am - 1pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

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World Through My Lens

The World Through My Lens – A Photographic Journey’

  • 16 September 2017 — 13 January 2018 *on now

A new exhibition showcasing stunning images by local photographer Ken Morris. The exhibition features images of wildlife, landscapes and nature, as well as a range of urban views and cityscapes.

Ken’s career in the Civil Service took him to Embassies, Consulates and regional conferences all over the world and he would always make sure he packed his camera in his carry-on bag. Since retiring in 2004 he has been able to travel back to many of these places with time to explore and photograph them without work getting in the way.

The photographs on display were taken during the last 15 years as he changed from traditional 15mm film to digital cameras. They include scenes from five continents – from the Canadian Rockies to New Zealand’s Sothern Alps, from New England in the Fall to the baking African savannah, and from foggy San Francisco to the glittering Hong Kong waterfront at night.

Inspired by his childhood memories of Donaghadee lighthouse in County Down, Ken also seeks out other lighthouses to photograph on his travels. The exhibition includes several of these images which show the similarities and differences of these buildings situated in dramatic locations around the world.

Ken’s motto is to worry less about having the latest technology but to use the best camera we have – our eyes – to get out and about looking for the best photo opportunities.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
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Odeon Old Street

‘Ashton Places and Tameside Landmarks’

  • 16 September 2017 — 13 January 2018 *on now

Tameside landmarks of past and present are the subject of a new exhibition at Central Art Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne. Local artist Vanessa Dixon charts the changing face of the borough through her vibrant paintings of Ashton and neighbouring areas.

Vanessa was born in the Waterloo area of Ashton and started painting in the early-1970s. Largely self-taught, her first works were landscapes painted in her spare time while she pursued a career in nursing. In recent years Vanessa felt inspired to document Ashton as it underwent redevelopment, as well as to paint historic scenes of the old town that are fondly remembered today.

Various incarnations of Tameside Hippodrome, for example, are captured in a series of paintings depicting the landmark throughout its history. Known as the ‘Empire’ theatre when it first opened in 1904, the building was converted into the ‘New Empire’ and later ‘ABC’ cinemas, before returning to theatrical use by the end of the century.

Other paintings of the local area include scenes of Daisy Nook, Portland Basin, Mossley Whit Walks and a wedding at Duckinfield Town Hall. Vanessa’s work also captures the bustling market area of modern-day Ashton and the picturesque network of canals that wind their way through the borough.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Central Art Gallery
Old Street




0161 342 2650

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