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.
As well as our changing exhibitions spaces, we have a permanent museum at Touchstones which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale.
The Museum is ideally suited to visitors with an interest in the history of Rochdale or families. There are interactive exhibits, films, audios and objects from the borough’s Collection on display.
Access: Touchstones Rochdale is fully accessible for people using wheelchairs. There are three designated parking bays for blue badge holders outside the venue.
Here you will find the current and forthcoming programme. Follow this link to Events at Touchstones.
Tuesday - Saturday 10am-5pm
Art Cafe 10am-4pm
As well as our changing exhibition spaces, we have a dedicated permanent museum which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale in a fun and friendly way. The museum is ideally suited to families and people with an interest in the history of Rochdale. There are interactive displays, hands on exhibits, films, audio and a wide range of objects from the Borough’s collection ...Read more
Outreach Exhibition. Venue: Heywood Sports Village until October 2017. Part of a community led project and exhibition which invites people who attend Alzheimer’s Society Memory Cafes to take part in art activities. By challenging perceptions of people living with dementia which can be seen as an obstacle to revealing the true person the group explored historical obje ...Read more
1 April - December 2017. Gallery Two. Rochdale rose to prominence during the 19th century as a major mill town and centre for textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution. It was a ‘boomtown’ of the period, and amongst the first ever industrialised towns. Toil, Trade & Titans explores how the social, economic and cultural impact of industry is manif ...Read more
27 May 2017 - 21 April 2018. Heritage Gallery. Be transported down the Nile into ancient Egypt and discover this fascinating world through centuries-old exhibits from the land of the pharaohs. Preserved and buried for thousands of years, the stunning objects in this exhibition range from a wonderful set of canopic jars to small pieces of intricate jewellery. Featuring ...Read more
29 July - September 2017. Gallery One, Three & Four. Much of Susan Collis’ work deals with objects, surfaces and the residue of actions that have been covered up, hidden from view, discarded or forgotten. Her individual pieces act as memorials to the labour, hopes and aspirations that cause certain things to exist for a short while in the world, only to be de ...Read more
Outreach Exhibition. Venue: Middleton Arena. From June 2017 until January 2018. A chance to see a selection of the Museum’s Collection of female dress and accessories. This exhibition features a beautiful 1950s outfit and a 1960s Jaeger woollen suit alongside an Ossie Clarke dress from the early 1970s. As well as clothing, a striking selection of accessories such ...Read more
From October 2017. Venue: Heywood Sports Village. Learn more about the development of health and wellbeing in Victorian Rochdale through to the advent of the NHS in the 1940’s with our new exhibition at Heywood Sports Village. Featuring a range of objects from the collection, from home medicine chests to poison bottles and a nurses uniform, this display will look a ...Read more
21 October – December 2017. Gallery Three. Rachael Clewlow creates rigorous and detailed recordings of her everyday movements. Meticulously documenting this mass of information in diaries, this abstract record of the banal to the unexpected becomes a form of trace from which Clewlow begins to construct paintings and prints. For her first solo exhibition, Clewlow ...Read more
7 October – December 2017. Gallery One. Originally ‘classically’ trained in figurative or academic art, Evangelia Spiliopoulou has since developed a practice that seeks to expand the rules that she was taught and traditionally underpinning the act of making an artwork. For example, in her drawings she frequently imposes strict limitations or parameters that go ...Read more
21 October – December 2017. Gallery Four. Appropriating methods traditionally identified with ‘feminine’ pursuits - embroidery and needlework - New York-based artist Jessica Rankin’s work often takes the form of organdy ‘embroidered paintings’. Having learned to sew as a child in Australia, Rankin returned to embroidery after graduating from art school in ...Read more
15 September - 21 October 2017. Gallery Two. Sutapa Biswas’ artworks are spatial stories that explore some key ideas and concepts of space and time. Drawing from literature, art history and oral narratives of people she has often collaborated with in the early stages of making her art, Biswas’ pieces possess a poetic resonance with the human condition and every ...Read more