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Heritage Gallery. Gallery Three. 14 December 2013 – 8 March 2014. This exhibition takes its starting point from a fascinating historic quilt in our museum collection. The quilt records the sewn names of over two hundred Rochdale citizens in 1895. Textile artist Lynn Setterington has been working with local people to create a contemporary signature quilt representin ...

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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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Gallery Two. 23 March 2013 - 8 March 2014. This exhibition from the borough's art collection explores the theme of the sea in all its aspects – the seaside, coastline, ports, shipping and sailing. Combining historic and contemporary work, artists include Dorothea Sharp, Terrick Williams, Frank Brangwyn and Junko Mori. The exhibition will include hands-on activities ...

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2 March – 1 June    Gallery Two, Three & Four Intrigued by the fact visitors often ask us why we don’t show more of the over 1500 works in the Borough’s fine art collection, artist Harry Meadley set us the challenge of attempting to display as much of the collection as possible in a single exhibition. Spanning three galleries, But what if we tried? pre ...

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Heritage Gallery. 16 February 2013 - 12 April 2014. The beauty of flowers has inspired centuries of art and design. This exhibition celebrates the significance of flowers and how floral motifs feature in our Museum and Art Gallery collections. Learn how local botanical societies collected and stored specimens, explore the wonderful language of flowers, be amazed by ...

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19 January - 18 MayGallery OneHaving proved a hit in its inaugural year, we return with the second edition of our annual open art exhibition A Postcard from Rochdale.This time established artists, amateurs and schools were invited to seek inspiration from our rich and diverse permanent collection of over 500 paintings and submit their artworks ...

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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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Until 13 April 2019. 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 ...

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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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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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