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Central Art Gallery hosts a varied temporary exhibition programme, you can find out more about the individual exhibitions on this page either by clicking on the titles below or scrolling further down on the page.

Northern Life

16 January - 23 April 2016 

A NEW exhibition opening at Tameside Central Art Gallery, Ashton, celebrates the talent of Mossley artist Chris Cyprus.

In “Northern Life” he has captured essential scenes from Lancashire and Yorkshire by committing simple pleasures and memories to canvas.

Chris, who has a studio at Woodend Mill, Manchester Road, said: “I am inspired by what is on my doorstep. The way I reflect the glow of a warmly lit kitchen evokes deep emotions of memory as well as that sense of belonging we crave.”

His insight into how many northerners spend their leisure time has won Chris national media coverage as well as prestigious commissions. He has made it his mission to make sure we don’t forget what makes up the fabric of northern life and what is truly the best of British. “I paint what I see, and what I see is disappearing,” he commented.

Chris, who survived two bouts of cancer in his early 30s, added: “Having cancer made me see that you only get one life and you have to make the most of it.

“Drawing attention to the simple pleasures in life through my work quite simply makes me happy. All my pictures are rooted in real scenes that have barely changed in a generation. My drive is to capture on canvas the perfect community.”

Journey Home Saturday Market Milltown Canal

Hidden Tameside

16 January - 23 April 2016 

TREASURES from Tameside Council’s archive collection are the subject for “Hidden Tameside”, the new exhibition opening at Tameside Central Art Gallery, Ashton, in the new year.

Many will be on display for the first time and come from the deposited collections held in the strongroom at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre. The exhibition provides a chance to see them up close and learn more about some fascinating items from the borough’s past, from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Among the key features in the exhibition are records from the Stamford Estate Collection, which have been deposited by the descendants of the earls of Stamford and Warrington. There are also items from the council’s framed photographs collection which has not yet been digitised.


The Rutherford Gallery

Gallery dedicated to Harry Rutherford
Permanent exhibition

Harry Rutherford was a nationally renowned artist who came from the Tameside area. His career was long and varied, working initially as a draughtsman and then training with the eminent artist Walter Sickert.

The Rutherford Gallery situated in Central Art Gallery is a celebration of a 20th century master, an artist whose talent allowed him to experience many avenues of artistic life. The works on display will span his entire artistic career. Many will have never been on public display before.

 View highlights of the Rutherford collection.

The Rutherford Gallery within Central Art Gallery

Northern Saturday by Harry Rutherford Woman visitor looking at the Gallery



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Page last updated: 29 April 2016