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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Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am - 12.30pm, 1pm - 4pm
Thursday Closed
Saturday:10am - 1pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

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Simon Parkin: To See the Sea

  • 6 October — 22 December 2018 *on now

A new exhibition by local artist Simon Parkin explores the elemental wonder and mystery of the sea. Simon’s artwork captures the sea’s transitory beauty as it changes according to different weather and terrain. Its power, unpredictability and destructive capabilities also fascinate the artist.
The sea often evokes fond memories of swimming, paddling, and sailing. These activities also have a transformative power and bring feelings of escape.
The sea also provides us with food and can be life-giving and hold hope, but equally it can be seen to be destructive: bringing death and tragedy, sorrow and loss.
Simon uses the painting process to explore the medium of painting itself - how the fluidity, marks and gestures can replicate ideas of movement and light on the sea, and the layers of colour within.
He wants the paintings to have a sense of longing but be resolved; be playful, accidental and uncertain but purposeful; be stimulating and also calm and be of a time, but be timeless and transcending.
Simon hopes his approach will appeal and entice the viewer to participate in an intimate way: to step inside the paintings and lose themselves in their own thoughts and feelings, and by doing so bring the work to a conclusion.
The exhibition ‘To See the Sea’ opens at Central Art Gallery, Old Street, Ashton, on 6 October and runs until 22 December 2018. The gallery is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 12.30pm and 1 to 4pm. It is open 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.
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Central Art Gallery
Old Street




0161 342 2650

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