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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 9 October 2018

“Rebecca Eastment: The creative process”

Rebecca Eastment will be discussing the ups and downs of the creative process. Using her work as an example, she aims to explore how the path to ‘finished’ works of art isn’t always as straight forward as it seems

Tuesday 13 November 2018

“Harry Meadley: But what if we tried…………….”

Leeds based artist, Harry Meadley, will talk about his forthcoming project. He has challenged the Gallery team to attempt to show as much of the permanent collection as possible across three exhibition spaces. As part of the project he is producing a series of ‘fly-on-the-wall’ films charting the team’s attempt to realise his challenge.

Tuesday 11 December 2018

“Christmas buffet lunch, quiz and mystery raffle”

 The annual buffet lunch is our major fund-raiser, so come and enjoy delicious (so we’ve been told) food, cudgel your brains, buy some raffle tickets and help boost our funds which support the gallery. 

Tuesday 8 January 2019

“Rachel Kneebone: Dance Project”

British artist, Rachel Kneebone, is widely acclaimed for her complex porcelain sculptures that express physical metamorphosis and movement. Rachel will talk about her first solo exhibition in the North of England, in which she will premiere a new series of sculptures and drawings that deepen her investigations into the body.


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 was part of the Bloomsbury Group, a group of artists and writers who lived in the Bloomsbury area of London.

The group also included her sister, the writer Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) and the artist Roger Fry (1866-1934).

Bell’s early work until 1910, and her paintings after the First World War, are tasteful and fairly conventional, but in the intervening years she was in the vanguard of progressive ideas in British art.

This painting of a view from a window is one of Bell’s later works. The vase of flowers sits on the border between the house and garden.

The main motif is of a landscape, seen through the open window of a domestic room; it is a recurring motif in her paintings.

This acquisition was supported by a donation from The Mayor Gallery by Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery, 1982.


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