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Gallery Oldham has three large exhibition spaces plus a community gallery, Gallery 4.

We take an innovative and unique approach to exhibition programming, bringing together what were once separate museum and gallery services.

Our programming incorporates Oldham’s extensive art, social and natural history collections alongside touring work, newly commissioned and contemporary art, international art and work produced with local communities.

In addition we have permanent displays around the building.

Current Exhibitions

Gallery 1 – Oldham Stories

Oldham Stories features selected objects from our extensive collections to tell and show the stories of Oldham and its local and natural communities.

From mountain hare and moorhens to banners and artwork, every object has a fascinating tale to tell. Our Collector’s Case features an array of caps, shirts and memorabilia from Oldham Rugby Football League.

The display also highlights local figures such as campaigner Marjory Lees and the popular artist Helen Bradley, as well as Sir Winston Churchill who started his political career right here in Oldham.

If you want to know more about Oldham’s unique range of wildlife habitats, you’ll find it here.

Gallery 2 – Ocean Drifters

25 May – 7 September 2024

Oldham is a long way from the sea so we are bringing the magical world of the ocean to Gallery Oldham this summer.

You are invited to step into the underwater kingdom and immerse yourself in the world of Ocean Drifters.

Set your imagination free and join the giant jellyfish in this new, fun interactive exhibition.

These extraordinary animals have drifted along on ocean currents for millions of years, even before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Pulsing along across the worlds oceans they can be found in deepest darkest depths and along shallow tropical coastlines.

We promise that they won’t sting but they may tantalize you with their tentacles.

Gallery 3 – One Seven Five: An incomplete history of Oldham in 175 objects

15 June – 11 January 2025

2024 sees the 175th anniversary of the founding of the borough of Oldham. To celebrate, a variety of today’s Oldhamers have selected objects which tell fascinating stories about our area through the years. We’ll be showcasing stories of Olympic glory, a pet wasp, and some gems from Oldham’s art and natural history collections which you may not have seen.

Millbottom by James Purdy showing a cotton mill with lit up windows and smoke from the chimneys.
Millbottom by James Purdy

Coming soon….

The Oldham Open 2024

20 September – 23 November

Photo of a empty ornate gold frame

It’s that time again…the Oldham Open is here. This exhibition showcases the extraordinary range of talented artists living, working or studying in the borough of Oldham.

There is always a wide variety of artists and styles, across drawing, painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture. Work is for sale, so it’s a great opportunity to pick up some Christmas presents while supporting artists in our area.

There is a £5 non-refundable charge for each entry. To find out more about how to enter go to Oldham Open Leaflet or pop up to pick up a leaflet. You can also email galleryoldham@oldham.gov.uk or call 0161 770 4653 for more information.