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FRAG organise monthly talks by invited speakers about art and craft and annual trips to visit other regional art collections.

Dates and details as follows:

Meetings at Touchstones Rochdale:

  • Tea & Coffee & Biscuits served from 12.15pm-12.45pm in the Studio
  • Guest Speaker from 12.45pm-1.45pm
  • Cost: Members £3, Non-members £4
  • No booking required - pay on the day.

You and your friends are invited to the following meetings held at Touchstones Arts & Heritage Centre


Tuesday, 11th June 2019
Todmorden-based artist Richard Wincer will lead a tour of his epic new sculptural installation in Gallery One. “Shelter” draws on his interest in Wild West Cabins and the occupation of new frontiers and responds to the present-day plight of many people who have been forced to leave or lost their homes.

Tuesday, 9th July 2019
“Nowrus/New Day”
Manchester-based photographer, Len Grant, will lead a sneak preview of the exhibition Nowrus/New Day before it opens to the public. In 2016 Touchstones was invited to curate an exhibition drawn from the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern photography held jointly by the British Museum and the V & A. Grant has worked with a group of refugees living in Rochdale to co-curate this exhibition.

Tuesday, 13th August 2019
“Protest and Peterloo”
Sarah Hodgkinson (Museum Curator, Touchstones) will lead a tour of the new exhibition in the Heritage Gallery. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre ‘Protest and Peterloo’ includes objects from the collection with incredible stories linked to Peterloo, including the only banner which was marched from Middleton by a group led by Sam Bamford.


Tuesday, 10th September 2019
Trip by Train
We will visit The Atkinson, Southport. The Gallery’s huge collection includes work by Henry Moore, LS Lowry, Frank Brangwyn and the Scottish Colourists. Additionally there is an extensive decorative arts collection, craft and design gallery and Egyptology Collection. 


Join the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery

The Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery have been essential to our continued growth and development as an important regional art gallery. Through their generous donations over the years we have been able to conserve and acquire countless key works of art for the collection including Interior (The Open Window) by artist Vanessa Bell and purchased in 1982.

Annual membership is only £10 and in addition to knowing you are supporting your local art gallery, you also get discounted rates on the annual programme of talks and trips organised by the Friends and invitations to private views for all exhibitions.
Registered Charity Number 517566

How to join?

You can either post a cheque for £10 (made payable to FRAG) to c/o Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ (please make sure you include a cover letter clearly stating your full name, address, postcode, telephone number and email address), ring 01706 924928 and pay over the phone, or come along to one of the talks organised by the Friends and pay in person.

Further information

To discuss any aspect of membership please contact Jenny Buckley (Chair, FRAG) on 01706 358686 or Mark Doyle (Art Gallery Curator & Collections Manager, Touchstones Rochdale) on 01706 924555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Vanessa Bell, Interior (The Open Window). © 1961 estate of Vanessa Bell. Courtesy Henrietta Garnett.
Photo: Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service.