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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.

Conflict and Consequence by Ashton Sixth Form College

21 March – 10 May 2014

The exhibition forms part of Tameside Council’s programme of events to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. Students have been working with the Holocaust Educational Trust which has helped them to focus on conflict and its consequences. 

One of the most poignant items is Pagan Young’s award-winning exhibit about a teddy which was given to her by a family member who survived Auschwitz and somehow managed to keep the bear with her even though toys were strictly forbidden.

Last year, Pagan took the toy back to Auschwitz and her work, which is based on this experience, won runner-up in the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s artwork competition.

Accompanying the sixth-formers’ exhibits is Mark Gertler’s 1914 painting “Daffodils” from the Astley Cheetham Art Collection. Gertler was a pacifist and conscientious objector in the First World War. He chose daffodils as his subject as they have historically been the symbol for forgiveness, loyalty and compassion.

Also on display are works created by Belgian amateur artist Andre Verschaearen during his house arrest in Mechelen in the Second World War.

There is one particularly derogatory drawing of Hitler which, if discovered by the Nazis, would have condemned the artist to almost certain death in a concentration camp.

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The Rutherford Gallery

Northern Saturday by Harry RutherfordGallery 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.

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Page last updated: 17 April 2014