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.
As well as our changing exhibitions spaces, we have a permanent museum at Touchstones which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale.
The Museum is ideally suited to visitors with an interest in the history of Rochdale or families. There are interactive exhibits, films, audios and objects from the borough’s Collection on display.
Access: Touchstones Rochdale is fully accessible for people using wheelchairs. There are three designated parking bays for blue badge holders outside the venue.
Here you will find the current and forthcoming programme. Follow this link to Events at Touchstones.
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Art Cafe 10am-4pm
25 May – 7 SeptemberGallery One Todmorden-based artist Richard Wincer has created an ambitious new sculptural installation for Gallery One. Drawing on his interest in Wild West cabins and the occupation of new frontiers, and responding to the present-day plight of many people who have been forced to leave or lost their home, this site-specific work assumes the form of a makeshif ...Read more
18 May - 2 NovemberHeritage Gallery In 1819 around 60,000 men, women and children from across the North West, marched peacefully into Manchester to call for parliamentary reforms to secure more rights for themselves. This ended in blood shed as the local magistrates sent in the cavalry to disperse the crowd. 700 people were injured and 18 were killed. This became known ...Read more
At Middleton Arena Linked with the commemoration of Peterloo this display looks back at Rochdale borough’s proud liberal heritage, celebrating the individuals and societies who have fought for social and political change over the last 200 years. From local anti-slavery supporters, who starved during the Cotton Famine to fight for equality in America, to the Pi ...Read more
13 July – 21 September 2019Gallery Four Since 2009, with the support of the Art Fund, the British Museum and the V&A have been assembling an important collection of contemporary photography focusing on the Middle East - the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography. In 2016 we were approached to curate an exhibition drawn from this collection. In recent ...Read more
At Heywood Sports Village Discover more about Rochdale’s proud sporting history in this new display of unique memorabilia and local stories. Step back in time to learn more about Rochdale’s very own baseball team, the Rochdale Greys; the growth of the Hornets rugby team and the boroughs excellence in professional swimming. The display will also celebrate the wo ...Read more
13 July – 21 September Gallery Three Annie Pootoogook came from a long line of artists in Cape Dorset, Canada (known today as Kinngait) and began drawing in 1997. Within a decade, she became the catalyst for an explosion of creativity originating from the Kinngait Studios. Her drawings challenged conventional expectations of ‘Inuit’ graphic art. An instinctiv ...Read more
Ongoing ExhibitionMuseum As well as our changing exhibition spaces, we have a dedicated permanent museum which tells the story of the history of Rochdale in a fun and informative way. The museum is ideally suited to families and people with an interest in the history of Rochdale. There are interactive displays, hands on exhibits, films, audio and a wide ran ...Read more
From MarchMuseum Celebrating the Heritage Lottery Fund project Borough Beats and co-curated by a number of young people from across the local area, this display focuses on music and popular culture from the Rochdale borough from the 1980’s to the present day ...Read more
2 March – 1 June Gallery Two, Three & Four Intrigued by the fact visitors often ask us why we don’t show more of the over 1500 works in the Borough’s fine art collection, artist Harry Meadley set us the challenge of attempting to display as much of the collection as possible in a single exhibition. Spanning three galleries, But what if we tried? pre ...Read more
19 January - 18 MayGallery OneHaving proved a hit in its inaugural year, we return with the second edition of our annual open art exhibition A Postcard from Rochdale.This time established artists, amateurs and schools were invited to seek inspiration from our rich and diverse permanent collection of over 500 paintings and submit their artworks ...Read more
Until March at Middleton Arena. Discover more about Rochdale’s proud sporting history in this new display of unique memorabilia and local stories. Step back in time to learn more about Rochdale’s very own baseball team, the Rochdale Greys; the growth of the Hornets rugby team and the boroughs excellence in professional swimming. The display will also celebrate ...Read more
Until 12 January 2019Gallery One, Two and Four. British artist Rachel Kneebone is widely acclaimed for her complex porcelain sculptures that express physical metamorphosis and movement. For her first solo exhibition in the North of England, she will premiere a new series of sculptures and drawings that deepen her investigations into the experience of inhabiting the ...Read more
Until 13 April 2019. Heritage Gallery. Learn more about the development of health and well being in Victorian Rochdale through to the advent of the NHS in the 1940’s. This exhibition will look at how medicine and healthcare went from being a luxury for those who could afford it to a service available for everybody. Featuring a range of objects that have never previo ...Read more