Gallery Oldham: Collections

Gallery Oldham’s Fine Art collection consists of over 550 oil paintings, ranging from pre-Raphaelite and late Victorian artists to post-war painting, including Pop and Abstract art.

Of particular interest is the Charles Lees Collection of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and engravings, presented to the town in 1888. With special thanks to Art UK, all of the Gallery’s oil paintings can now be viewed online.

The Gallery also hosts several exhibitions in its Community Gallery and Foyer during the year. Current exhibitions include:

Gallery 1: This gallery permanently houses both the Oldham Stories Exhibition and te Community Gallery. The Oldham Stories exhibition, features selected objects from our extensive collections to tell and show the stories of Oldham and its local communities. From birds and shells to a recreation of an Edwardian chemist’s shop, every object has a fascinating tale to tell. The display features local figures such as suffragette Annie Kenny, the pioneering natural history collector James Nield and the popular artist Helen Bradley.

The Community Gallery, displays a wide range of exhibitions by groups and individuals from the Borough of Oldham.

Other exhibitions

Zarah Hussain: Light Upon Light,  22 January – 14 May 2022. Zarah Hussain is a contemporary artist based in London. She was born in Macclesfield in 1980. Zarah Hussain works at the intersection of science and spirituality. She combines contemporary digital art with rigorous training in traditional hand-drawn Islamic geometry. She has spent her career exploring the ways in which she can apply the principles of Islamic geometric design to contemporary art, using new technologies and materials. The exhibition presents 12 new pieces of wall-based sculpture, alongside drawings and the light installation Invisible Threads, which was made in 2018. Invisible Threads is an ever-changing design which has an infinite number of colour combinations, so it appears different every time you see it.

Further information:

  • Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • Location: Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL
  • Free admission
  • Contact 0161 770 4653