Astley Cheetham Art Gallery

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This small gallery is home to the Astley Cheetham Art Collection. Selections from the collection are displayed twice a year alongside a programme of temporary exhibitions of North west Artists

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Opening hours

The Gallery is open on selected Saturdays throughout the year (see website for details)

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Built as a gift to the town of Stalybridge by John Frederick Cheetham in 1901, the gallery orginally opened as a lecture theatre. Cheetham bequeathed his collection of paintings to the town in 1932 and the space became an art gallery. The collection includes Italian paintings from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and works by British artists such as David Cox and Burne-Jones. The collection has grown through gifts of twentieth century works from the Contemporary Arts Society and the National Art Collections Fund. It also includes works by renowned local artists such as Harry Rutherford.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Master of the Strauss : Madonna c1390
  • David Cox: A Road by a Common c1850
  • Edward Burne-Jones: St Nicolas c1880, Head of a Princess c1880
  • Marcus Gheerhardts: Portrait of a Lady c1625
  • Duncan Grant: The Harbour, Kings Lynn, 1932
  • George Frederick Watts: Sir Perceval c1880
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Nature in Art

  • 20 March — 15 July 2017 *on now

NATURE is at the heart of the latest exhibition at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge. There are more than 30 works on display – all of them exploring how nature has inspired art through the centuries.

The exhibition is split into five different themes: Inspiration, Atmosphere, Skill, Documentation and Narrative. It covers the 500 years from the 16th century to the 20th, but is not organised chronologically. Each section is mixed to reflect how artists’ concerns cut across time.

“Nature as a Skill” investigates how nature can be used by artists to show off their skills for creating perspective and textures. Helen Coleman’s depiction of “Tom Tits” showcases her ability to accurately paint the textures of the birds’ feathers. Stuart Lloyd’s “Cornwall” is a lesson in perspective with diminishing boats and trees.

The “Nature as Documentation” section looks at how nature and landscape paintings provide a travel log or topographical record of a specific scene. William Leighton Leith’s small watercolour drawing “Snowdon” may have been used by him to create another finished piece. William Collingwood Smith’s large-scale watercolour “Venice” would have made an excellent souvenir and record of a visit to the city.

“Daffodils” by Mark Gertler was painted in 1914 just as the First World War was starting. Gertler was a pacifist and conscientious objector. It is likely he painted the daffodils for their symbolism of forgiveness, loyalty and compassion. He was bitterly opposed to conflict and committed suicide in 1939 as the Second World War loomed.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Trinity Street
SK15 2BN




0161 338 6767


0161 303 8289

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