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See a wide variety of changing exhibitions in the Art Gallery’s four gallery spaces including selections from the borough’s impressive Art Collection and work by contemporary artists of national and international significance. A summary of our strategy for the collection and exhibitions can be found here.

You can find information about our current exhibitions here.

Information about our past exhibitions can be found here.

You can find out more about the history of the art collection and view images online via the Online Collections page. Currently only a selection of the collection can be searched online, although this database will continue to grow as more of our collections are digitised.

Opening Times

Monday - Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm

Art Cafe



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Contact Information

Main Reception: 01706 924492

Visitor Information Centre: 01706 924928

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For many years the Friends have been helping the Art Gallery to conserve and acquire paintings for the Collection. Talks by invited speakers about historic and contemporary art and craft are held most months with the occasional trip to visit other art collections.

Follow the link for further details.

Touchstones Rochdale has a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and are always looking for people to come and help out.

Opportunities include working in our gallery spaces to welcome visitors in the spaces; helping our education team prepare handling boxes, supporting our programme team to run events and many more opportunities. For those looking to volunteer with a background and qualification working in the Heritage Sector, we do have a placement scheme available in the Arts & Heritage Resource Centre. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

View our artworks on Art UK.

Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service holds a richly varied collection of around 1,500 works of art of regional and national significance.

The collection belongs to Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, but since 2007 has been cared for by Link4Life's Arts & Heritage Service on behalf of the council. The collection is primarily displayed at Touchstones Rochdale, formerly known as Rochdale Art Gallery. When the Gallery opened in 1903, it did so with 164 donations, primarily given by wealthy local textile industrialists.

The collection has continued to develop ever since through a mix of donations and purchases and the Gallery works with organisations such as the Contemporary Art Society to make contemporary acquisitions. Highlights of the collection include an Italian panel painting dating from the 1420s by Giovanni di Paolo; a typical sentimental Victorian painting by Charles Burton Barber called 'A Special Pleader' which is probably the Gallery’s best known painting due to its reproduction on biscuit tins and jigsaws; and 'Woman’s Head with a Yellow Background' by Lucian Freud from 1963.




Touchstones Rochdale is fully accessible for people using wheelchairs. There are three designated parking bays for blue badge holders outside the centre.