Central Art Gallery
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.
- Inspired by Harry - 26 April - 15 June 2013
- Centre Stage – the Art of Harry Rutherford - 28 February - 8 June 2013
- The Rutherford Gallery - permanent exhibition
Inspired by Harry
Artworks by pupils from Thomas Ashton School
26 April 2013 - 15 June 2013
To coincide with the large Harry Rutherford retrospective exhibition Centre Stage – the Art of Harry Rutherford, the gallery invited pupils and their teachers to the Gallery to see Harry’s work up close and to get inspired by him.
Since October 2012 the school’s pupils made several visits to Central Art Gallery to study and create new work based on Rutherford’s own.
You can enjoy their work in the Rutherford Gallery until 15 June 2013.
28 February to 8 June 2013
|Harry Rutherford has an unusual distinction as an artist. Not only did he record the birth of television for the BBC he also played a starring role in it. This exhibition features Rutherford’s painting of the first TV transmission from Alexandra Palace which was based on his own illustration for the cover of the Listener magazine, commissioned by the BBC in 1936.
The painting sparked Rutherford’s career as a TV artist and presenter, BBC producer Cecil Madden spotting his remarkable facility drawing and creating a series of programmes over the next 20 years to showcase his talents as a draughtsman.
From the very beginning of Harry Rutherford’s artistic career in the early 1920s he was fascinated by the glamour of the stage. He was encouraged in his passion by Walter Sickert, the most important British artist to paint the music hall and arguably the most influential artist of his day, who acknowledged Rutherford as his ‘intellectual heir’.
Rutherford is well known today as a major Northern artist whose paintings of mill girls, factories, street and pub scenes are highly sought after. This exhibition shows the full range of his work but also highlights his role as a chronicler of the birth of TV. Rutherford painted the first live broadcasts from concert halls and also documented the transition of many theatres to cinemas as music hall slowly died out. He painted a number of portraits of celebrities, including bull fighters, actors, musicians and sporting heroes, many of which will be seen together for the first time in over thirty years.
Gallery dedicated to Harry Rutherford
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.