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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.

Musical Chairs

3 October 2015 - 9 January 2016

“Musical Chairs” is a new interactive exhibition created for the Generation Tour.

Visitors can play seven chairs with the movements of their bodies. The physical connections they make with other players will trigger voices, rhythms, melodies and noises from nature. Every chair is different and every game is different. 

The exhibition is one of four touring a quartet of galleries in the north of England under the Generation brand. The two-year tour is designed to encourage families to visit contemporary art galleries and the first two exhibitions, Generation AIR and Generation NOISE, were extremely successful in attracting in new audiences.

Cllr Lynn Travis, Tameside Council’s executive member for culture, said: “We are very excited to be the first venue to host “Musical Chairs”. It promises to be great fun but also really inspirational. Hellicar and Lewis have done a great job of creating an exhibition that will engage every age.

“We look forward to seeing lots of new visitors to the gallery and promise a very warm welcome.”

Musical Chairs image

Bright and Beautiful

3 October 2015 - 9 January 2016

CHURCH banners are the subject for “Bright and Beautiful”, the new exhibition opening at Tameside Central Art Gallery.

The banners on display, several for the first time, come from a range of Tameside Sunday schools and churches.

The exhibition provides a chance to see them up close and learn more about their meaning and symbolism. Many were made locally and are stunning in their intricate and delicate workmanship.

“Bright and Beautiful” explains the origins of the Whit Walks and also the growth of Sunday schools which were once attended by a quarter of the population.

Among the key features in the exhibition is the banner belonging to Taunton Undenominational Sunday School which has been professionally conserved.

Taunton, which was founded in 1820, was one of only a handful of undenominational Sunday schools when it closed last year.
Cllr Jackie Lane, Tameside Council’s assistant executive member for culture, said: “The Whit walks have always been an important part of my life. The banners bring back many happy memories for me and I’m sure they will do the same for lots of other people.

“Most of us only ever see them from a distance, but the ‘Bright and Beautiful’ exhibition lets you see the exquisite workmanship that has gone into them. It really is stunning.”

Banner before conservation Banner during conservation


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: 5 October 2015