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Central Art Gallery

The Gallery will close at 4pm on Thursday 24 December 2015 and re-open on Tuesday 5 January 2016 at 10am.

Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10am - 12.30pm, 1pm - 4pm
Thursday: 1pm - 7pm
Saturday:10am - 1pm

Closed Sunday and Monday

Boy with painting Photo of Central Library and Art Gallery, Ashton-under-Lyne The Rutherford Gallery within Central Art Gallery

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Central Art Gallery is a real gem. Located above the library on Old Street in Ashton-under-Lyne, these beautiful gallery spaces host a varied programme of temporary exhibitions and the permanent Rutherford Gallery. There is something to suit everyone's taste with group and solo shows of artists from the region including paintings, sculpture, installation and textiles.

Central Art Gallery is also a great place to relax and take a break from the world. With lots of comfortable seating and relaxing music this is the perfect place to have a moment to yourself or a chat with a friend. Central Art Gallery runs a programme of adult art courses, a knit and natter knitting group and special events, for more information please contact us below or see our events calendar.

We welcome noise and mess in our galleries and this is a family friendly space. Drop by during the school holidays and make something to take home at our craft table.

Comments from visitors to Central Art Gallery

“Very enjoyable, love coming here, it clears my head.”
“A wonderful discovery.”
“I didn’t know about Rutherford, but I like his work very much. This is a really lovely exhibition – very engaging. Love the sketchbooks on display and the studio set-up. And the interactive elements are brilliant! Thank you.”
“Worth another visit. Great variety and background information.”

Planning a Visit

Central Art Gallery is located upstairs within Central Library in the town centre of Ashton-under-Lyne, just outside of Manchester, accessible by car, train and bus. There are several car parks in Ashton located within a 5 minute walk of the gallery. There are two disabled parking spaces just outside the main entrance of the building.

Central Art Gallery's Access Statement


Central Art Gallery is part of the Quality Assured Visitor Attraction Scheme.

If you would like to be kept informed of future events and activities, please contact us via the details below requesting to be added to our emailing list.

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Central Art Gallery
Old Street
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0161 342 2650

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Page last updated: 4 November 2015