Trendspotting: 80 years of gifts from the Contemporary Art Society

29 April – 1 July 2017

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Gallery Oldham has been a member of the Contemporary Art Society (CAS) since the 1930s. The CAS is a charity which makes regular donations of contemporary art to public museums in the UK. We have received gifts at regular intervals over the last 80 years.

From landscape paintings to studio ceramics, photographs to sculptures this series of donations provides us with a fascinating snapshot of the changing tastes of those in the art world.


Caption: Kerry Jameson, Sticks and Stones, 800 x 566


Gallery 2: Edgelands: Emilie Taylor

Gallery Oldham is thrilled to have commissioned this exhibition of brand new ceramic work by acclaimed artist Emilie Taylor. Emilie has a long-standing interest of representing the lives of people who exist in the gaps of society, which she describes as the Edgelands.

Emilie’s latest body of work is inspired by the Green myth of Persephone and Demeter, but in a contemporary setting. Demeter the goddess of fertility and harvest is grief stricken to find that her daughter Persephone has been taken to the Underworld. Persephone is doomed to spend half of the year in the Underworld and half on the earth. Demeter’s grief means nothing can grow on the earth during the time that Persephone is in the Underworld, meaning the that the year is divided into winter and summer.

The exhibitions launches in Oldham and will then tour to three other venues in England. All of the work in the exhibition is for sale.



Gallery 1: Oldham Stories

This gallery permanently houses both:

Oldham Stories exhibition, featuring 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, which has a wide range of exhibitions by groups and individuals from the Borough of Oldham.


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