People's Art 2016

People's Art 2016

Until 19 November 2016 in Gallery Three & Four

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Arts and Heritage

Monthly group sessions for adults at Touchstones Rochdale

Join the Creative Writing Group, explore the Arts with the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery or come along for a knit and a natter to the Knitty Gritty knitting circle. Find out more details

Join the Runaway Train ‘Improv’ Group

Imagine doing something a little bit different, and having a lot of fun at the same time. Imagine discovering a new you. Imagine going to a sports centre and exercising... your imagination! Come and join us at Runaway Train, an improv (that's short for improvisation!) group. It's a fun hour first and foremost, and the chance to meet new people. But you might just surprise yourself along the way. In fact, we practically guarantee you will. Meets every Monday at 7.30pm at Heywood Sports Village.

Believe in the power of song

A million reasons to sing! Your very own Glee Club in Heywood! Join this weekly vocal group at Heywood Sports Village which meets weekly on Thursdays at 7.30pm. The group is open to 16 and upwards and no experience is necessary. Don't stop believing!

Gallery One: The Community Gallery

The Arts & Heritage Service has a dedicated community gallery known as Gallery One.
Gallery One is the space for people who live or work in the borough of Rochdale to organise and show their own exhibitions. As a result, the exhibitions in Gallery One are very varied, reflecting the range of interests and talent that exist in the Borough.

Exhibitions in Gallery One are selected by an independent community panel who meet twice a year to look through all the applications which have been received since the last meeting.
We welcome applications from individuals, groups and organisations based anywhere in the Borough, which includes Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and Littleborough. If you would like to be considered for an exhibition please follow this link to Gallery One information.

Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery

Meetings: Second Tuesday of every month – 12.30pm-1.45pm, Tea Coffee and Biscuits served from 12.15pm-12.45pm in the studio.

Cost: £2 Members, £3 Non-Members – including refreshments. Payable on the door.

Booking: Not required

For many years the Friends have been helping the Art Gallery to conserve and acquire paintings for the Collection. Talks by invited speakers about historic and contemporary art and craft are held most months with the occasional trip to visit other art collections.

All are welcome to join Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery. 2015 Annual Membership £10, cheque payable to FRAG. c/o Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ or bring your cheque to a meeting.

Further information from the Chair, Jenny Buckley on 01706 358686.

Voluntary Sector Arts Organisations

In 2011 a review of the Arts Revenue Funded Organisations was undertaken by the Link4Life. A new application process was established and approved by the Trustees of Link4Life. Voluntary Sector Arts Organisations in the Borough were invited to apply for funding beginning in April 2012. The application process saw an increase in the number of VSAO supported through funding from RMBC administered by Link4Life from nine to fourteen. 

The organisations are:

  • Back Door Music Project
  • Cartwheel Arts
  • Crescent Radio
  • LangleyTheatreWorkshop
  • Littleborough Arts Festival
  • M6 Theatre
  • MaD Theatre
  • MiddletonPopstarsAcademy
  • Multicultural Arts and Media Centre
  • PeoplePrint
  • Pride Media
  • Spiral Dance
  • Skylight Circus Arts
  • Touchstones Creative Writing Group

RAN – Rochdale Artists' Network

rochdale-artists-networkContemporary art practitioners working in a wide range of formats and media, for example; painting, sculpture, print, photography, performance, video, installation, conceptually based and mixed media are welcome to join with Touchstones Rochdale, Hive Projects and Ebor Studio in creating a supportive artists network. We aim to establish a borough-wide contemporary visual artists' network for regular informal meetings and image-based, short presentations. Recent graduates are very welcome.

If you live or work in the Rochdale borough and are engaged in contemporary visual art practice we would like to hear from you. If you are interested in receiving information please send your name and email address to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Twitter: @RAN_Rochdale