Touchstones Rochdale is a great place to visit with something for all ages – and ideal for families with hands on activities in a child-friendly environment. Entry is free and it is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.
Here you’ll find – all under one roof – the Art Gallery, Museum, Local Studies Centre, Visitor Information Centre and Shop.
Café Life, run by Pure Innovations, is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm with food served from 11am.
Touchstones Rochdale is the award winning Arts and Heritage Centre with something special for everyone.
Exhibitions from the borough's collections
Four Seasons in One Day - Gallery Two - 22 March 2014 – 7 March 2015
This exhibition from the borough's art collection explores the four seasons through a range of historic and contemporary works of art. Springtime blossom, summer sunshine, autumn leaves and winter snows are all captured in work from a range of artists including Adrian Berg, Joseph Farquharson, Fred Jackson and Edward Stott.
Talking Heads - Heritage Gallery - 24 May 2014 – 18 April 2015
Portraits are brought to life in this exhibition as personal objects are explored and stories are told. Talking Heads celebrates some of the people of Rochdale who have given to the borough.
Exhibitions in the Community Gallery
Natalie Giannikitzakis: Act Naturally - Gallery One - 30 August - 8 November 2014
People's Art 2014 - Gallery Three & Four - Starting 5 July - 6 September 2014
Christian Hutchins - Sheep
Daniel Clayton – Casual indifference in the face of overwhelming evidence
Debbie Shortall – Recovery Star
Erica Lily Rothwell – Underwater
Gary Holt – Room 8 Gallery
Harold A Appleby – African Wild Life
Heather White – Owlets
Jenny Driver – Horse & Jockey
Julie & Marc Brogdan – Supergirl
Kenneth Hall – West Bay Harbour
Malcolm Bagdall – Scamp
Mayor of Rochdale
Mayor of Rochdale
Shahida N Dolan – Memory
Toby Douglas – Encounter with Enderman ( top image)
Zak Milston – Space
Find out more about the exhibition programme.
Art4Families Saturday Club invites children and their adult companions to explore Touchstones Rochdale's exhibitions and participate together in collaborative hands-on art & craft making activities led by trained artists and staff. Projects are suitable for a wide variety of abilities and designed specifically for those aged 5-12 years old.
Tickets cost £3 per child per workshop & accompanying adults go free. (There is a maximum of 3 children per adult). Tickets are only available to book online on the Eventbrite website. Please go to www.eventbrite.co.uk and type in 'Touchstones Rochdale Art4Families' in the search box on the top left-hand corner of the screen.
Visit Art4Families Saturday Club for further information on forthcoming activities.