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Workshops & Talks
Touchstones Rochdale
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Second Tuesday of every month 12.30pm-1.45pm
Cost: Members £3, Non-members £4.

No booking required - pay on the day.

Our Friends organise monthly talks by invited speakers about art and craft and annual trips to visit other regional art collections.

The Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery have been essential to our continued growth and development as an important regional art gallery. Through their generous donations over the years we have been able to conserve and acquire countless key works of art for the collection including ‘Wu-Li (Patterns of Organic Energy)’ by artist Halima Cassell purchased in 2014.

Annual membership is only £10 and in addition to supporting the Art Gallery, you will receive discounted rates on the annual programme of talks and trips organised by the Friends and invitations to private views for all exhibitions.

How to join

You can join in a number of ways:

  • Post a cheque for £10 (made payable to FRAG) c/o Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ (please make sure you include a cover letter giving your full name, address, postcode, telephone number and email address).
  • Ring 01706 924928 and pay over the phone.
  • Come along to one of the talks organised by the Friends and pay in person.

Further information

To discuss any aspect of the Friends or membership please contact Jenny Buckley (Chair, FRAG) on 01706 358686 or Mark Doyle (Art Gallery Curator & Collections Manager, Touchstones Rochdale) on 01706 924555 or email mark.doyle@link4life.org 

Wu-Li (Patterns of Organic Energy) by Halima Cassell

Born in 1975 in Pakistan, Halima Cassell was brought up in Manchester and studied at the University of Central Lancashire. Working nationally and internationally from her base in Blackburn, Cassell’s multicultural background motivates her interest in creative traditions from across the world. ‘Wu-Li’ translates as ‘patterns of organic energy’. 

Flora and fauna abound in this sculpture; the curl of a carved fern’s frond moves into the bud of a lily about to open into a flower. The piece symbolises spring-like new beginnings and its spherical form reflects both the ongoing nature of growth and cyclical aspects of energy.

This acquisition was supported by the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery together with the Handley Bequest and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund in 2014.