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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.

Generation Air

30 April - 4 July 2015

Generation AirEVER wondered what it would be like travel about inside the human body like Stephen Boyd did in the classic sci-fi film “Fantastic Voyage”? Tameside Council’s new family-friendly exhibition “Generation AIR” gives you the chance.

It’s a multi-sensory experience complete with magical sound and lighting that allows visitors to go inside inflatable tunnels shaped like human bones where there are cushions in the form of huge blood cells. You can handle parts of the soft sculptures and the exhibition is designed to be enjoyed by young children just as much by adults.

Generation AIR has been created by Spacecadets, an innovative group producing incredible inflatable structures and sculptures for visual, arts and cultural events in Britain and abroad.

A Tameside Council spokesman said: “Contemporary art galleries are often seen as places families can't enjoy. It's sometimes felt that children are expected not to touch things or make a noise.

“With the Generation tour we are making our exhibitions as family-friendly as possible and ensuring our galleries are places where people, and especially children, can be themselves as well as inspired by the amazing artwork.

“We worked with staff at St Peter’s Children’s Centre, Ashton, when we commissioned the exhibition. Their staff helped us draw up a shortlist of artists to interview and Spacecadets were one they really wanted us to select.”

AIR is the second Generation exhibition to be shown at the central gallery. Last autumn during Generation Noise, which featured wooden sound machines, visitor numbers increased by 50 per cent.


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.


The Rutherford Gallery within Central Art Gallery

Northern Saturday by Harry Rutherford



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Page last updated: 22 June 2015