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10 December 2016 - 11 March 2017. Gallery Three & Four. We are delighted to be showing highlights from one of Europe’s finest private collections of 20th century and contemporary art. From her first acquisition in the mid-1990s, Valeria Napoleone established a collection with a singular purpose: to champion the work of women artists and redress the gender ...

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Saturday 13 February - Saturday 21 May 2016. Working in watercolour, ink and gauche, Barry Cook’s exhibition of paintings will celebrate thirty one years of teaching in Rochdale primary schools. His vibrant and contemporary paintings are inspired by nature, folklore and music. ...

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5 November 2016 - 22 April 2017. Heritage Gallery. Take a look at a century of style from the amazing structured garments worn during the Victorian period to the swirling designs of the swinging 60s. Dazzling 1920s beaded dresses shown alongside the much loved Singer sewing machines take centre stage in this exhibition, revealing how fashion, shape and style have chang ...

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25 March - 11 June 2016. Gallery Three. As a recipient of a New Opportunities Award, artist Hannah Leighton-Boyce has developed a sound based work in response to the Museums' collection of historic hand-tools. 'Instruments of Industry' explores the resonance of these 'disembodied' tools within their elevation to museum objects. The New Opportunities Award was d ...

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Saturday 12 December 2015 - Saturday 27 February 2016. Celebrating the artwork of four artists working with natural materials, and through doing so exploring the natural environments which inspire their practice. Laura Ellen Bacon, Adam Buick, Sharon Adams and Stuart Cairns’ work comes together in an exhibition that looks at the beauty of natural materials, shapes ...

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Saturday 25 March - Saturday 11 June 2016. Gallery Four. Five exciting new talents in contemporary applied arts will première works in a group exhibition to mark the fifth edition of Jerwood Makers Open. Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Jasleen Kaur, Ian McIntyre and Silo Studios all received awards to realise significant new projects. Jer ...

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Saturday 21 November 2015 - Saturday 6 February 2016. Ex-service personnel and their family members celebrate a diverse range of artistic talent by showcasing artwork produced in conjunction with the charity Veterans In Communities ...

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Until Saturday 5 March 2016. Gallery Two. Showcasing works from the borough's art collection, this exhibition looks at how traditional crafts and domestic life has been represented in art. Exploring the themes of craftsmanship and the homemade, modern craft pieces are shown alongside intriguing objects from the museum collections and a range of historic artworks that dep ...

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Saturday 12 December 2015 - Saturday 27 February 2016. Rochdale based photographer Robert Walker will be showing his latest project. The Fifth Continent, which documents the area around Dungeness in Kent. It is a site of special scientific interest, has two nuclear power stations and is Britain’s only desert. “It is a brooding and unsettled landscape with a handful ...

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24 September - 19 November 2016. Gallery Three & Four. Our popular annual open exhibition for new and established artists, both amateur and professional, who live or work in the borough of Rochdale returns. The exhibition demonstrates the stunning number of skilled artistic and visionary members of the public who live or work in the Borough with a keen amateur ...

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