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21 October – December 2017. Gallery Four. Appropriating methods traditionally identified with ‘feminine’ pursuits - embroidery and needlework - New York-based artist Jessica Rankin’s work often takes the form of organdy ‘embroidered paintings’. Having learned to sew as a child in Australia, Rankin returned to embroidery after graduating from art school in ...

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Outreach Exhibition. Venue: Heywood Sports Village until October 2017. Part of a community led project and exhibition which invites people who attend Alzheimer’s Society Memory Cafes to take part in art activities. By challenging perceptions of people living with dementia which can be seen as an obstacle to revealing the true person the group explored historical obje ...

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21 October – December 2017. Gallery Three. Rachael Clewlow creates rigorous and detailed recordings of her everyday movements. Meticulously documenting this mass of information in diaries, this abstract record of the banal to the unexpected becomes a form of trace from which Clewlow begins to construct paintings and prints. For her first solo exhibition, Clewlow ...

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11 March - 8 July 2017. Gallery One. Enter the ‘razzy’ world of Dogsy Ma Bone, a spectacular production by Marvin Gaye Chetwynd made with and for children. In 2016, the Turner Prize-nominated artist worked with 78 young people from Liverpool to create a new film and performance, using the city as a backdrop to the action. Originally commissioned for Liverpool Bi ...

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7 October – December 2017. Gallery One. Originally ‘classically’ trained in figurative or academic art, Evangelia Spiliopoulou has since developed a practice that seeks to expand the rules that she was taught and traditionally underpinning the act of making an artwork. For example, in her drawings she frequently imposes strict limitations or parameters that go ...

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Outreach Exhibition. Venue: Middleton Arena until June 2017. This community led exhibition invited people who attend Alzheimer’s Society Memory cafés to take part in arts activities and behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum Collection to trigger memories from the past including stories of glamourous followers of fashion, working life in the local textile mills  ...

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15 September - 16 December 2017. Touchstones Rochdale (Gallery Two) and Rochdale Interchange.  Sutapa Biswas’ artworks are spatial stories that explore ideas and concepts of space and time. Drawing from literature, art history and oral narratives of people she has collaborated with in the early stages of making her art, Biswas’ pieces possess a poetic resonance ...

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Venue: Heywood Sports Village until February 2017. Objects from the Museum Collection tell the story of what it was like to go to school in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In the past school was not always compulsory to attend and children learned to read, write and count at either Sunday Schools or Dame Schools. The display includes a Victorian school ...

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15 April - 8 July 2017. Gallery Three & Four. Clare Kenny works with a variety of materials such as found objects, building materials, neon and photography. Through subtle gestures and assemblages, and drawing on her own history, memories and experience, Kenny frequently adapts a personal story, proposing a new narrative and exploring the shifting line between fa ...

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19 November 2016 – 4 March 2017. Gallery One. Often site responsive, Louise Giovanelli’s practice embodies an affection for aspects of older paintings seen during museum visits. The starting point for many of her own paintings is a pre-existing historical feature or detail, an interesting element or peculiarity of these older works, which becomes the catalyst ...

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