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
Until 7 December, Gallery Two Over recent months visitors, staff, schools and community groups have been selecting their favourite works from the Borough’s permanent art collection. Over to you… features some of their choices. Opening Times Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Art Cafe: 10am-4pm. Please check during holiday periods. ...Read more
12 October – 7 December, Gallery Three and Four Jamie Fitzpatrick’s art explores how totemic public gestures and figurative rhetoric (such as the flags, sculptures, monuments and plinths) are used to impose forms of power and control upon the viewer.Inspired by Rochdale’s collection of artefacts relating to the Peterloo Massacre, Fitzpatrick has created th ...Read more
14 September – 7 December, Gallery One In 2018, Maeve Rendle premiered a ‘live’ performance (What cannot be turned aside) at Touchstones. For this follow-up exhibition (Sodden) Rendle revisits this workin the new form of an installation incorporating text, sound and silence.What was previously a short time-based exploration of the alchemy of human comm ...Read more
25 May – 7 September, Gallery 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 ...Read more
18 May - 2 November, Heritage 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 be ...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 instinctive ...Read more
Ongoing Exhibition, Museum 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 exhibit ...Read more
From March, Museum 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