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Touchstones Rochdale offers a wide variety of exhibitions in the Heritage Gallery and the Art Gallery's four gallery spaces including those from the local community, selections from the borough's impressive art collection and work by contemporary artists.

Here's the current and forthcoming programme.

We have also archived our previous exhibition information.

Women Artists: From 1861 to 2015

women artist exhibitionSaturday 19 March 2016 - Saturday 4 March 2017
Gallery Two 

This exhibition presents a selection of art from the Borough’s collection, charting and celebrating the Art Gallery’s history of collecting work by women. Drawing on this strength, and tracing the role gender has played in the production of art, the exhibition looks at how the formal and conceptual concerns of female artists have changed from the late 19th century to the present day. It includes work by Henrietta Ward, Dorothea Sharp, Laura Knight, Stella Magarshack, Gillian Ayres, Lubaina Himid, Maud Sulter, Cornelia Parker, Junko Mori and Hayley Tompkins.  

Explore our under 5s interactive boxes in the Art Gallery with tactile toys and beautiful books linked to the exhibition.

People's Art 2016

peoples art 201624 September - 19 November 2016
Gallery Three & Four

Our popular annual open exhibition for new and established artists, both amateur and professional, who live or work in the borough of Rochdale returns.

The exhibition demonstrates the stunning number of skilled artistic and visionary members of the public who live or work in the Borough with a keen amateur or professional interest in Art. Of the many paintings, photographs and sculptures on display, many will be available for to buy. We urge everyone, no matter how keen your interest is in visual art, to pop over to Touchstones and see the spectacular quality and range of work produced from within this talented Borough."

Visitors to the exhibition can vote for their favourite artwork in the 'People's Choice' award and there are free hands on activities for children in the gallery with the popular 'Art Paddock'.

Frocks: Dress and Accessories from the Museum Collection

frocks-exhibition5 November 2016 – 15 April 2017

Heritage Gallery

Take a look at a century of style from the amazing structured garments worn during the Victorian period to the swirling designs of the swinging 60s. Dazzling 1920s beaded dresses shown alongside the much loved Singer sewing machines take centre stage in this exhibition, revealing how fashion, shape and style have change over time.

See how the clothing of the 1930s was influenced by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and how people individualized their outfits during the shortages of the Second World War.

Featuring dresses from Touchstones' museum collection that have never previously been displayed, the show reveals the stories of some of the people who wore them.

Highlights include an Ossie Clarke design from the early 1970's and a recently conserved blue Victorian wedding dress. As well as clothing, a selection of striking accessories such as shoes, jewellery, handbags and hats are featured in the exhibition.

Moving Up

moving up hopwood hall3 September - 12 November 2016

Gallery One

This exhibition showcases the talents of students studying on the Art & Design courses at Hopwood Hall College. It features a wide variety of work from paintings and drawings through to textiles, ceramics and sculptures.

Slow to Respond

slow to respond19 November 2016 – 4 March 2017.

Gallery One.

Often site responsive, Louise Giovanelli's practice embodies an affection for aspects of older paintings seen during museum visits.

The starting point for many of her own paintings is a pre-existing historical feature or detail, an interesting element or peculiarity of these older works, which becomes the catalyst for re-appraisal. There is a sense of re-focusing and of re-framing with her painting functioning like a camera, drawing attention to details that would otherwise be left overlooked, unexplored, or dismissed.

After researching the permanent fine art collection here at Touchstones Rochdale, Giovanelli has produced a series of new paintings that re-imagine and re-configure existing works within it, casting them in a different light and suggesting new narratives.

Image: Louise Giovanelli, 'The Beard III', 2016: Courtesy the artist & The International 3.

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Going Public - The Napoleone Collection

mai thu perret with ligia dias la fe lectricit 200510 December 2016 – 11 March 2017

Gallery Three & Four.

We are delighted to be showing highlights from one of Europe's finest private collections of 20th century and contemporary art.

From her first acquisition in the mid-1990s, Valeria Napoleone established a collection with a singular purpose: to champion the work of women artists and redress the gender imbalance she saw within the art world.

Spanning painting and sculpture through to photography and installation, Napoleone's remarkable collection has gone on to represent some of the most pioneering female artists of the past 20 years.

Discover a diverse array of work from the collection by artists including Mai-Thu Perret, Joanne Greenbaum, Margherita Manzelli and Phyllida Barlow, recently nominated to represent Great Britain at the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2017.

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