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)

Admission charges


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.
'Animal Magic' painting of Sheep and Doves in a barn

Animal Magic

  • 27 September 2014 — 19 December 2015 *on now

Animal Magic’ features works on an animal theme from the borough’s art collection.
Among the paintings on display is a delightful farm scene recently conserved to its original glory.

An eclectic mix of objects from Tameside’s museum collection are also on show, including butterflies, Ancient Egyptian animal statues and a Victorian umbrella stand in the shape of a bear.

The exhibition is family friendly, with the paintings are hung slightly lower than normal to let children to view them more easily. There are lots of animal themed activities too, including reading books, dressing up, animal puppets and a craft activity.

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

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Trinity Street
SK15 2BN




0161 338 6767


0161 303 8289

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