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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? presents the result of this attempt. As much about the process as the exhibition, the final display will also include a multi-part documentary filmed by Meadley featuring the Touchstones staff as they endeavour to realise this impossible task.

A unique and unmissable opportunity to see a large proportion of the collection on public display, and discover more about all the conservation and research work that goes on behind the scenes.

From January to July 2019
To coincide with this exhibition, we will also be displaying a selection of rarely seen works from the fine art
collection at Middleton Arena.

Opening Times

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Art Cafe: 10am-4pm. Please check during holiday periods.

FREE admission to exhibitions and some regular activities. Talks, tours, performances, workshops and special events have a cost.

Contact Information

Main Reception: 01706 924492.   Visitor Information Centre: 01706 924928.   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ

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Image: Picture Store at Touchstones Rochdale. Photo: Harry Meadley