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 Foyer exhibitions

The Gallery Foyer has a permanent display of items from the gallery’s collections. It is also the place to look out for smaller pop-up exhibitions throughout the year.

  • Fighting for the Vote in Oldham 7 June – 21 July 2018. Local pupils have been working with Gallery Oldham on Historic England’s Heritage Schools programme to explore objects and stories around the Oldhamers who campaigned for votes for women.
  • Kashmiri Lives 23 July – 11 August 2018. A project capturing the memories and experiences of the Kashmiri community in Greater Manchester. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Making Our Mark 20 August – 1 September 2018. Work created by groups of young people during workshops and an arts residential connected to our ARTIST ROOMS: Richard Long exhibition.
  • Making an exhibition of ourselves 7 September – 6 October 2018. Over the last 50 years Oldham Theatre Workshop has evolved into one of the country’s leading youth and community organisations. Take a backstage look at how it has shaped the lives of Oldham’s young people and used the art of theatre to reflect changes in British youth culture.
Current Community Gallery exhibitions:
  • Colour Splash! 19 May – 7 July 2018. Come along and immerse yourself in a riotous colourful exhibition created by pupils at Kingfisher Special School. Some of the pieces on display are for sale helping raise funds for their hydrotherapy pool.
  • Terry Rushworth: Tera Incognita 14 July – 8 September 2018. This exhibition reflects the artist’s childhood in Oldham and the effects of ill health, religion and education. His work draws on the myths and symbolism found in art and literature.
  • Open Shutters 15 September – 10 November 2018. Mental illness presents massive challenges to those who experience it and the people around them. This series of portraits by Oldham photographer Lisa Marie Gee tells the stories of people who found strength and direction from their mental health journey.



Further information:
  • Open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm. (Last admission to the galleries 4.30pm); Sunday 10am – 4pm (Last admission to the galleries 3.30pm)
  • Location Gallery Oldham, Oldham Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, Oldham OL1 1AL
  • Free admission
  • Contact 0161 770 4653