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Gallery Oldham, a bold new landmark building, opened in February 2002.
Monday - Saturday
Oldham’s museum and gallery service dates back to 1883. Over the last 120 years Oldham Art Gallery and Museum has established itself as the cultural focus of a town that was built around the cotton and engineering industries and has developed one of the largest and most varied permanent collections in the North West of England.
The current collections include over 12,000 social and industrial history items, more than 2,000 works of art, about 1,000 items of decorative art, more than 80,000 natural history specimens, over 1,000 geological specimens, and about 3,000 archaeological artefacts. A complementary collection of 15,000 photographs and a large number of books and pamphlets is held by Oldham Archives and Local Studies Library.
Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Photography, Social History, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Industry
Black Sheep: The darker side of felt
- 14 February — 9 May 2015 *on now
Felt is the most ancient constructed textile in the world. This exhibition is an exploration of the edgier side of this extraordinary and versatile material, looking at artists who create sometimes disturbing and bizarre oddities and technically brilliant objects.
It presents some of the exciting and contemporary masters of the craft to produce innovative and inspiring work. Visits will discover felt teddy bear skulls and mutated organisms by Stephanie Metz, seamless show-stopping garments by Horst Couture and sculptural forms by Marjolein Dallinga.
- Any age
Designs on our Future
- 3 March — 31 October 2015 *on now
The project was awarded development funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England in 2012. The scheme aims to bring the old library building back into use and develop surrounding land to create a vibrant cultural hub.
Keep up to date with our progress, see the architect's drawings and hear the creative responses from photographer Ian Beesley and poet Ian McMillan.
- Any age
Community Gallery: Abirdabode
- 14 March — 2 May 2015 *on now
The abirdabode exhibition is your chance to see all the amazing Art Birdboxes in one place before they are installed around Oldham to provide safe nest sites for birds.
The exhibition features work by participants aged between seven and ninety seven from across Oldham alongside decorated bird silhouettes created by members of the public at events including The Oldham Flower Festival, Festival Oldham and RSPB Discovery Sunday.
Following the exhibition, all of the Art Birdboxes will be installed in and around Oldham to become The Oldham Art Birdbox Trail.
- Any age
Solar Flowers - Alexandre Dang
- 15 March — 31 August 2015 *on now
Artist Alexandre Dang has displayed his dancing flowers around the world. They have become an iconic work testifying to his commitment to the power of renewable energy.
Dang comes form a scientific background and uses solar energy to animate his kinetic art works whilst also raising awareness of the potential of environmentally friendly technologies.
- Any age
- Family friendly
LED sculpture night
- 14 May 2015 5-8pm
Join Gallery Oldham and Hack Oldham to take over the gallery and create a light sculpture in an evening!
With the help of Hack Oldham, make your own light using coloured L.E.Ds and attach them to the gallery ceiling. Watch the sculpture grow as more and more people create and add lights!
Drop in from 5 -8 PM for free refreshments, lots of light fun and after hours views of our exhibitions!
All materials and refreshments provided.
- Any age