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.
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Musical Chairs

  • 3 October 2015 — 9 January 2016 *on now

“Musical Chairs” is a new interactive exhibition created for the Generation Tour. Visitors can play seven chairs with the movements of their bodies. The physical connections they make with other players will trigger voices, rhythms, melodies and noises from nature. Every chair is different and every game is different.

The exhibition is one of four touring a quartet of galleries in the north of England under the Generation brand. The two-year tour is designed to encourage families to visit contemporary art galleries and the first two exhibitions, Generation AIR and Generation NOISE, were extremely successful in attracting in new audiences.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Taunton Sunday School Banner

Bright and Beautiful

  • 3 October 2015 — 9 January 2016 *on now

The banners on display, several for the first time, come from a range of Tameside Sunday schools and churches. The exhibition provides a chance to see them up close and learn more about their meaning and symbolism. Many were made locally and are stunning in their intricate and delicate workmanship.
“Bright and Beautiful” explains the origins of the Whit Walks and also the growth of Sunday schools which were once attended by a quarter of the population.Among the key features in the exhibition is the banner belonging to Taunton Undenominational Sunday School which has been professionally conserved.

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.
Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter

  • 8 December 2015 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



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Stitch in Time - Sewing Circle

  • 27 November 2015 10am-1pm
  • 11 December 2015 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+



Central Art Gallery
Old Street




0161 342 2650

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