Touchstones Rochdale offers a wide variety of exhibitions in the Heritage Gallery and the Art Gallery's four gallery spaces including those from the local community, selections from the borough's impressive art collection and work by contemporary artists.
Here you will find the current and forthcoming programme.
Follow this link to see an archive of our Exhibitions starting in 2016.
Saturday 19 March 2016 - Saturday 4 March 2017. Gallery Two. This exhibition presents a selection of art from the Borough’s collection, charting and celebrating the Art Gallery’s history of collecting work by women. Drawing on this strength, and tracing the role gender has played in the production of art, the exhibition looks at how the formal and conceptual concerns of ...Read more
5 November 2016 - 15 April 2017. Heritage Gallery. Take a look at a century of style from the amazing structured garments worn during the Victorian period to the swirling designs of the swinging 60s. Dazzling 1920s beaded dresses shown alongside the much loved Singer sewing machines take centre stage in this exhibition, revealing how fashion, shape and style have chang ...Read more
19 November 2016 – 4 March 2017. Gallery One. Often site responsive, Louise Giovanelli’s practice embodies an affection for aspects of older paintings seen during museum visits. The starting point for many of her own paintings is a pre-existing historical feature or detail, an interesting element or peculiarity of these older works, which becomes the catalyst ...Read more
10 December 2016 - 11 March 2017. Gallery Three & Four. We are delighted to be showing highlights from one of Europe’s finest private collections of 20th century and contemporary art. From her first acquisition in the mid-1990s, Valeria Napoleone established a collection with a singular purpose: to champion the work of women artists and redress the gender ...Read more
Venue: Heywood Sports Village until February 2017. Objects from the Museum Collection tell the story of what it was like to go to school in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the past school was not always compulsory to attend and children learned to read, write and count at either Sunday Schools or Dame Schools. The display includes a Victorian school ...Read more
Outreach Exhibition. Venue: Middleton Arena until May 2017. This community led exhibition invited people who attend Alzheimer’s Society Memory Cafés to take part in arts activities and behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum Collection to trigger memories from the past including stories of glamourous followers of fashion, working life in the local textile mills ...Read more