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
4 May - 30 June. Gallery Three. Dancers process down the streets as a melody repeats like a mantra. A ghoulish looking costumed horse fights with another in the centre of town. A hedge of twigs and branches withstands the tide. Ritual and custom is found in every society, and Doc Rowe has been documenting the traditions of the British Isles since the 1960s, amassing a ...Read more
Opens 7 July 2018. Gallery One. London-based Caroline Achaintre’s watercolours sit at the heart of a multi-disciplinary practice, which also traverses textiles, ceramics and prints. Renowned for working in vibrant colour and potent imagery, Achaintre’s work often evokes a subversive spirit of carnival, creating an atmosphere that is simultaneously playfuland absur ...Read more
Opens 28 July 2018. Gallery Three and Four. Turin-based Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo began collecting contemporary art in 1992 and is one of the most respected private collectors in Europe. Having now amassed approximately 1,500 artworks by many of the major names in international contemporary art, one of her early interests was in supporting women artists. Draw ...Read more
Opens 16 June 2018. 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
4 May - 30 June 2018. Gallery Four. A food riot in 18th century Manchester meets the iconic, near revolution of Paris 1968 in Manchester-based artist, Magnus Quaife’s newly-commissioned, multi dimensional voyage into civil disobedience, language and unsung folk heroes. Quaife draws first on the legend of oft-forgotten Milnrow school master John Collier, known by the pse ...Read more
21 April - 30 June 2018. Gallery One. Bringing together 18 practitioners from the fields of design, jewellery, ceramics, metalwork and sculpture Ambiguous Implements presents a collection of contemporary works that playfully reconsider the familiar objects of our day-to-day domestic life. Re-thinking the tools we use for eating, grooming, cooking and cleaning, the exhibi ...Read more
Until August 2018 at Middleton Arena. Before the advent of TV, and later digital streaming, cinema was perhaps the most popular form of entertainment for people from all backgrounds, with at least one in every town in Britain during their heyday of the 1930’s and 40’s. This display will celebrate the popularity and development of the picture houses in the Rochdal ...Read more
Opens 14 April 2018 - Gallery One. A celebration of artworks featuring books and readers from throughout history, for the delight of art lovers and bibliophiles. As every book tells a story, every book in art is part of an intriguing, engaging, and relatable image. Books are depicted as indicators of intellect in portraits, as symbols of piety in religious paintings, ...Read more
Outreach Exhibition. Venue: Heywood Sports Village. From April 2018. A chance to see a selection of the Museum’s Collection of female dress and accessories. This exhibition features a beautiful 1950s outfit and a 1960s Jaeger woollen suit. As well as clothing, a striking selection of accessories such as shoes, jewellery, handbags and hats are included in the disp ...Read more
Museum. Ongoing. As well as our changing exhibition spaces, we have a dedicated permanent museum which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale in a fun and friendly 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 range of objects from the ...Read more