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Exhibitions

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.

Opening times:

Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm

Art Cafe 10am-4pm

FREE Admission

 

Contact Information

Main Reception: 01706 924492

Visitor Information Centre: 01706 924928

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Touchstones

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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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At Heywood Sports Village                                                                                              Take a peek at some of the amazing Natural History objects that form part of our museum collection. Wonder at the variety of objects, from bird eggs to fossils and shells and taxidermy and botanic ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 c ...

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13 July – 21 September 2019, Gallery 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 Photog ...

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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 Roch ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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