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Exhibitions 2018

Opens 28 July 2018. Gallery Three and Four. Turin-based Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo began collecting contemporary art in 1992 and is one of the most respected private collectors in Europe. Having now amassed approximately 1,500 artworks by many of the major names in international contemporary art, one of her early interests was in supporting women artists. Draw ...

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4 May - 30 June. Gallery Three. Dancers process down the streets as a melody repeats like a mantra. A ghoulish looking costumed horse fights with another in the centre of town. A hedge of twigs and branches withstands the tide. Ritual and custom is found in every society, and Doc Rowe has been documenting the traditions of the British Isles since the 1960s, amassing a ...

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Opens 7 July 2018. Gallery One. London-based Caroline Achaintre’s watercolours sit at the heart of a multi-disciplinary practice, which also traverses textiles, ceramics and prints. Renowned for working in vibrant colour and potent imagery, Achaintre’s work often evokes a subversive spirit of carnival, creating an atmosphere that is simultaneously playfuland absur ...

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4 May - 30 June 2018. Gallery Four. A food riot in 18th century Manchester meets the iconic, near revolution of Paris 1968 in Manchester-based artist, Magnus Quaife’s newly-commissioned, multi dimensional voyage into civil disobedience, language and unsung folk heroes. Quaife draws first on the legend of oft-forgotten Milnrow school master John Collier, known by the pse ...

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20 January - 14 April 2018 in Gallery Three & Four.  In January 2017 a group of artists came together for an intensive two-week residency in Bapugaon a remote village in rural Maharastra, India. Warli painters, artists and craft workers, a musician, filmmaker, story-teller, designers and ceramic artists, collaborated in creating an installation in the landscap ...

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19 January – 18 May 2019 Gallery One This year’s popular open art exhibition celebrates the artistic talent of Rochdale, specifically asking the public to create a postcard inspired by the Rochdale Borough’s art collection. Established artists and amateurs alike are invited to exhibit their artworks responding to our very own public art collection. Celebrating ...

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From October 2017 - March 2018. Venue: Heywood Sports Village. Learn more about the development of health and wellbeing in Victorian Rochdale through to the advent of the NHS in the 1940’s with our new exhibition at Heywood Sports Village. Featuring a range of objects from the collection, from home medicine chests to poison bottles and a nurses uniform, this displa ...

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1 April 2017- 31 March 2018. Gallery Two. Rochdale rose to prominence during the 19th century as a major mill town and centre for textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution. It was a ‘boomtown’ of the period, and amongst the first ever industrialised towns. Toil, Trade & Titans explores how the social, economic and cultural impact of industry is man ...

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