Astley Cheetham Art Gallery


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Astley Cheetham Art Gallery – 2017 opening hours 10am-3pm:-

  • Saturday 7 January
  • Saturday 21 January
  • Saturday 4 February
  • Saturday 18 February
  • Saturday 4 March
  • Saturday 18 March
  • Saturday 1 April
  • Saturday 6 May
  • Saturday 20 May
  • Saturday 3 June
  • Saturday 17 June
  • Saturday 1 July
  • Saturday 15 July
  • Saturday 5 August
  • Saturday 12 August
  • Saturday 19 August
  • Saturday 26 August
  • Saturday 2 September
  • Saturday 16 September
  • Saturday 7 October
  • Saturday 21 October
  • Saturday 4 November
  • Saturday 18 November
  • Saturday 2 December
  • Saturday 16 December

Nature in Art


18 March – 15 July

NATURE is at the heart of the latest exhibition at the Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge. There are more than 30 works on display – all of them exploring how nature has inspired art through the centuries.  


The exhibition is split into five different themes: Inspiration, Atmosphere, Skill, Documentation and Narrative. It covers the 500 years from the 16th century to the 20th, but is not organised chronologically. Each section is mixed to reflect how artists’ concerns cut across time.


“Nature as a Skill” investigates how nature can be used by artists to show off their skills for creating perspective and textures. Helen Coleman’s depiction of “Tom Tits” showcases her ability to accurately paint the textures of the birds’ feathers. Stuart Lloyd’s “Cornwall” is a lesson in perspective with diminishing boats and trees. 


The “Nature as Documentation” section looks at how nature and landscape paintings provide a travel log or topographical record of a specific scene. William Leighton Leith’s small watercolour drawing “Snowdon” may have been used by him to create another finished piece. William Collingwood Smith’s large-scale watercolour “Venice” would have made an excellent souvenir and record of a visit to the city.


“Daffodils” by Mark Gertler was painted in 1914 just as the First World War was starting.  Gertler was a pacifist and conscientious objector. It is likely he painted the daffodils for their symbolism of forgiveness, loyalty and compassion. He was bitterly opposed to conflict and committed suicide in 1939 as the Second World War loomed.

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Astley Cheetham Art Gallery in Stalybridge was built as a gift to the town by John Frederick Cheetham and his wife Beatrice Astley in 1901. The gallery originally opened as a lecture theatre and then the space was turned into a gallery to house the Astley Cheetham Art Collection, bequeathed in 1932. This collection has grown with gifts and donations throughout the twentieth century and is one of the most interesting small regional collections.

Some comments from visitors to the gallery include:

“Great little gallery. A real hidden gem in Stalybridge. We will be back!”

“Fantastic display enjoyed by all the family. This was well worth the visit and we will definitely come again.”

“A lovely exhibition. Something to do for old and young alike.”

The paintings shown here are Avenue, Broughton by David Montagu Scott, Cronies by Buckley Ousey and Winter, Stalybridge by George Hodgkinson.

Planning a Visit

Astley Cheetham Art Gallery is situated in Stalybridge town centre, above Stalybridge Library, just outside of Manchester. It is accessible by car, bus and train. There are parking spaces just outside of the building. Please note there is currently no disabled access to the gallery and is only accessible by stairs.

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Please note that not all paintings are on display. Please check before you visit.

Your Paintings website - see the nations paintings online

The Public Catalogue Foundation and the BBC have joined forces and are now offering everyone a chance to see all paintings held in public collections in the UK.

As part of this project you can now see many paintings from the Astley Cheetham Art Collection on the Art UK website Link to External Website.

NICE Paintings (The National Inventory of Continental European Paintings)

You can now see some of the artworks held by the Astley Cheetham Art Collection online. 

This is the first phase of the National Inventory Research Project's aim of creating a searchable illustrated inventory of all 22,000 pre-1900 Continental European oil paintings in the UK's public collections.

The database currently contains nearly 8,000 records and over 2,500 images from 200 museums across the UK.

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Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Trinity Street
SK15 2BN
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0161 343 2878

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