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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.

Beyond Seeing -The India Paintings by Simon Parkin

27 September - 22 November 2014

Ghats-Varanasi by Simon ParkinCentral Art Gallery is proud to present the newest exhibition by Simon Parkin. A Glossop artist whose work has a distinct international flavour.

Parkin has visited India yearly since 2009 and created a series of paintings based on his experiences there. He mixes Western and Eastern painting traditions to create vibrant and colourful canvases full of found object and hints to both cultures.

Looking at his work is like entering another world full of meaning and secrets to be discovered. Each painting will mean something different to each person viewing the work

“While in India I studied some of the many art forms available there. A particular influence was the Indian miniature paintings, especially those in which the artist’s main aim was to create an inventive way of representing reality.
I show simple everyday activities such as making tea, washing clothes, or going for puja (religious ceremony) shopping while drawing parallels within our cultures but also to see the differences.”

More about the artist:

Simon Parkin was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, in 1964. He graduated with first class honours from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1995, having designed and written his own degree programme in painting and art history. Exhibiting nationally since 1995, his work is informed by the hills around Glossop, where he lives and paints, and extensive travel and research in North Africa and India.

http://www.simonparkin.co.ukLink to External Website


Generation Noise

27 September 2014 - 10 January 2015

Join us and make some noise!
Welcome to our music studio where you can create your own unique sounds.
How to make noise

You can make your own discs and play them on the turntables by the log and you can spin the saws to create loud and quiet sounds – try listening to your sounds coming out of the large wooden speakers.

Meet the artists

Our music studio exhibition was made by a group of artists called the Owl Project. They work with wood and electronics to create sculptures which make music and sound art.
You can find out more about the Owl Project by visiting their website www.owlproject.comLink to External Website

The Generation Tour

Hands-on exhibitions for every generation

This exhibition is part of four unique exhibitions specially designed to bring contemporary visual art to a family audience.

Generation is funded through the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Programme.
The Generation partners are Berwick Gymnasium Gallery in Northumberland, Central Art Gallery in Ashton-under-Lyne, Durham Light Infantry Museum and Art Gallery and Towneley Hall in Burnley.

Keep a look out for the next Generation exhibition on our website www.generationtour.org.uk Link to External Website 

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Life of a Roman Soldier in Northern England

 4 October  to 15 November 2014

TAMESIDE’S history as an outpost of the Roman Empire is the focus of a new exhibition in the foyer at the central art gallery on Old Street, Ashton.
All the exhibits have been created by teenagers taking part in the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders’ Power of One project which works to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The inspiration for “Life of a Roman Soldier in Northern England” came a year ago when Power of One team manager Rob Littlewood asked a group of youngsters if they would be interested in taking part in a series of history activities and what period of history would they choose. The overwhelming answer was the Romans, complete with gladiators and centurions.

As the project developed, Hartshead Pike became a basis for paintings, drawings, photographs and written work. The teens also took part in an archaeological dig at Cheetham’s Park, Stalybridge.

Cllr Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “I was most impressed to see the work the young people had done. Power of One is clearly a very effective programme.”

Power of One was established with the help of National Lottery funding in 2011 to work with young offenders, adult offenders and ex-offenders as well as victims of crime and people recovering from addictions and mental health problems.
It focuses on fitness and offers a three-month boot-camp course giving people a chance to train like professionals.

Rob Littlewood said: “We run fitness classes and give support and advice to our clients. We help with training, education, housing, homelessness, health and fitness. Our aim is to provide free or affordable fitness for all.”

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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: 6 October 2014