Bury Art Museum

Bury Art Museum
Moss Street
Bury
Lancashire
BL9 0DR
England

Website

E-mail

artgallery@bury.gov.uk

Telephone

0161 253 5878

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Bury Art Museum
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Housed in a distinctive Edwardian building, Bury Art Museum offers a welcoming, warm and friendly setting for visitors to enjoy art, (old and new), and discover the rich history of Bury and the surrounding area. Highlights from the art collection include 'Calais Sands' and 'Ehrenbreitstein' by JMW Turner; 'Spring Morning, Haverstock Hill' by Sir George Clausen; 'Different Horizons', blue neon light piece by Maurizio Nannucci; and 'Revolution of the 19th Century' and 'Essential Elements' by Pavel Büchler.

On the lower ground floor is a dedicated contemporary museum space which hosts a vibrant temporary exhibition programme based upon the museum's archaeology, ethnography, natural history, costume and social history collections.
This inspiring programme is supported by a wide range of family friendly activities and events which run throughout the year.

The Art Museum is also home to Bury Art Shop, which offers original artwork, jewellery and crafts at affordable prices, and Barney’s café which serves delicious coffee and homemade cakes.

Contemporary Art and International Touring Exhibitions

Committed to innovation, Bury Art Museum works with artists on a regular basis, and hosts the Text Festival which is an internationally recognised event investigating contemporary art practices including, poetry, text art, sound art and performance. Bury Art Museum also houses the Text Art Archive: the largest dedicated collection of original works of Language Art in the country. The Text Art Archive's aim is to stimulate critical thinking and writing in the field around the subject.

In addition, Bury has considerable experience in international practice and currently leads a consortium of North West museums in generating touring exhibitions from the region’s great art collections to send to galleries abroad. The consortium’s first exhibition, 'Toward Modernity: Three Centuries of British Art 'was launched in November 2012 and went on to tour six venues in China, including Beijing. The exhibition included prints, paintings, drawings and watercolours from across the region.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 1000-1700
Saturday: 1000-1630
Sunday and Monday: Closed

Admission charges

Free

Art

Bury Art Museum was established in 1897, with a donation of over 200 oil paintings, watercolours, prints and ceramics collected by local paper manufacturer Thomas Wrigley. The Wrigley Gift represents some of the most successful and prominent artists of the industrialist’s day and include Edwin Henry Landseer's 'A Random Shot', John Constable's 'Hampstead Heath', George Clausen's 'Spring Morning, Haverstock Hill' and the star-piece, JMW Turner’s 'Calais Sands at Low Water: Poissards Collecting Bait'. Successive curators have added to Wrigley's legacy. There are twentieth-century paintings by artists such as Victor Pasmore and Edward Burra (watercolours), while the establishment of a picture purchase fund has allowed the collection to continue to develop into the twenty-first century. The current focus is on acquiring high-quality recent art, often commissioning work directly from the artist, rather than attempting to fill any perceived gaps in the existing collection.

Museum

The Museum opened as a cabinet of curiosities on the lower ground floor of the Art Gallery in October, 1907. The founding collections in the Museum consisted of non-local natural history, archaeology, geology and ethnography. This changed after 1974, when local government re-organisation created the Metropolitan Borough of Bury. The Museum collections developed to become an important local/social history resource representing all aspects of life in every part of the Borough. There are already around 60,000 objects in Bury’s Social History collections which are growing at a steady and fairly rapid rate.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • JMW Turner
  • George Clausen
  • Edwin Henry Landseer
  • John Constable
  • Victor Pasmore
  • Edward Burra
  • Pavel Buchler
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
1916 Coalition sketch

Prestwich and the Great War

  • 8 December 2013 — 11 December 2015 *on now

An exhibition based at Bury Art Museum’s satellite Museum at Prestwich Library

This exhibition looks at how the First World War affected the lives of the young men of Prestwich. It explores the roles that local auxiliary hospitals played in caring for the wounded soldiers and how Heaton Park changed its focus from a public park into a place used for the billeting and training of thousands of young soldiers. The exhibition also explores life after the war and how the people of Prestwich commemorated the soldiers lost. One of the highlights of the exhibition is an autograph book which has in it signatures of wounded Belgium & British soldiers who were recouping in Prestwich as well as some beautiful drawings done by the soldiers.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Where

Prestwich Library and Adult Learning Centre
Longfield Centre
Prestwich,
Lancashire
M25 1AY
England

Tack Biscuit

Achilles in the Trenches

  • 2 August 2014 — 29 August 2015 *on now

A small display of WW1 objects from our permanent collection, such as Zeppelin memorabilia, postcards, beaded snake made by prisoners of war in Turkey, letters, dog tags and tack biscuits.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bury.gov.uk/MuseumsAndGalleries

Auxiliary Nurse

Miss Openshaw’s Scrapbook

  • 2 August 2014 — 29 August 2015 *on now

This exhibition has been inspired by a World War One scrapbook in our museum collection. The scrapbook was compiled by Hilda Openshaw whose family once lived in Bury. It is a snapshot into the volunteering work of the sister’s drama group during the Great War.

During the war the a local drama group raised money for the war effort by playing in Local Bury auxiliary hospitals, churches and schools. Timberhurst, the former home of the Bury paper manufacturer Thomas Wrigley was one such home given over to nursing the wounded, and the orchestra frequently played there.
This exhibition explores the role Timberhurst played during the war.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bury.gov.uk/MuseumsAndGalleries

recruitment poster

Young Men Who are Fond of Horses

  • 2 August 2014 — 29 August 2015 *on now

Also part of our WW1 commemoration exhibitions there will be a display of original hand printed WW1 recruitment posters. These would have been posted around the town to encourage Bury’s young men to sign up to the war effort.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bury.gov.uk/MuseumsAndGalleries

Between The Morning and The Handbag

ReMix

  • 6 September 2014 — 1 May 2015 *on now

ReMix brings together six artists, three from China and three from the UK. The basis of the ReMIx relationship is a curatorial exchange that has existed between Platform China, the artist run space in Beijing, and the British curator David Thorp. An exchange that has been in existence since 2007 and which has resulted in six Western artists holding solo exhibitions at Platform China and several reciprocal exhibitions by artists associated with Platform China in the UK.

For this exhibition at the Bury Sculpture Centre three of the UK based artists, David Blandy who showed at Platform China in 2009, A K Dolven in 2010 and Richard Wilson in 2007 revisit that relationship reprising works that were shown at Platform China but remixing them for a new time, place and content specifically for this exhibition.

David Thorp is an independent curator, including Curator of Contemporary projects at the Henry Moore Foundation and International Adjunct Curator PS1 MoMA, New York. He also holds the position of Associate Curator at Platform China, Beijing. Thorp has sat on numerous juries for art awards including the Turner Prize, UK in 2004, and the Kandinsky Prize, Russia in 2012-14

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=9684

The King of the Cats

  • 6 December 2014 — 7 February 2015 *on now

Lancashire Tales creatively explored by five Lancashire artists through sculpture, painting, text, sound, drawing and installation. Come and meet talking cats, boggarts, haunted hares and ghostly spectres and immerse yourself in windswept moorland, snow capped hills and icy becks.
The four artists and writer have created a stunning and varied exhibition of engaging contemporary art deeply rooted in the local environment. The exhibition includes visitor activities for all ages - including opportunities to contribute your own local story - and accompanying workshops.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.lancashiretales.blogspot.co.uk

Bury Art Society

  • 13 December 2014 — 14 February 2015 *on now

This ever popular exhibition showcases a wide variety of styles and subject matter by an impressive array of local artists. The work, the majority of which is for sale, goes through a judging process which guarentees a high standard of exhibition that is thoroughly enjoyable for all visitors who can also vote for their favourite artwork.

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.
Santa Sketchy

Retro christmas Crafty Kid Classes - Santa Sketchy

  • 20 December 2014 2-3:30pm *on now

Special Christmas Workshop - Festive fun with a visit from Santa who will model while we draw him!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per child. Under 4 years old - FREE

Peg Dolls

  • 30 December 2014 10am-12pm

School Holiday Workshop Peg Dolls: make a fairy, maid, soldier or pirate froma single wooden peg
10:30-12:00 & 14:00-15:30

Suitable for

  • Any age

Victorian Decoupage

  • 23 January 2015 — 23 December 2014

School Holiday Workshop Victorian Decoupage: create something beautiful
10:30-12:00 & 14:00-15:30

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per child. Under 4 years old - FREE

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Loan boxes

We have 3 education loans boxes that cover the topics of Home Front WW2, Victorian Kitchen and Toys. The loans boxes are free and can be borrowed for a maximum period of two weeks. Loans boxes must be booked in advance, telephone 0161 253 5878 to book a loans box.

How to obtain

Loans boxes must be booked in advance, telephone 0161 253 5878 to book a loans box.

Familiarisation tours

We also offer one-to-one familiarisation sessions which can be booked in advance to help you find out more information about the artworks and objects on display. These sessions may be particular if you are planning a self-guided visit.

How to obtain

Drop into the museum or ring 0161 253 5878.

Museum staff led sessions

These cover a range of subjects including Portraits, Gallery Explorers, World War II and the Victorians. Some sessions are free and others carry a small fee. These sessions can be booked on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday 10.00 to 12.00 and 13.00 to 15.00. Please note that these are the usual slots for a workshop but other times may be negotiable.
The sessions are normally 1 hour 30 minutes, but this can be altered to suit requirements.

How to obtain

Please ring 0161 253 5878.

Self-Guided tours

You are welcome to bring a group for a self-guided visit at anytime. However, we ask that you always ring in advance to let us know when you are planning to visit and inform us of the size of your group so that we can help you make the most of your visit and inform you of the most suitable times.

How to obtain

Please ring 0161 253 5878.

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