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Exhibitions

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.

Story Makers

13 April – 30 June 2018

Tameside Libraries have worked with local families and artists to create four fabulous picture books. This family-friendly, hands-on exhibition is a celebration of this innovative and exciting project. With artwork from illustrator Adam Pryce and words from author Caryl Hart, this exhibition shows the process of how each book was created, from the families’ initial ideas through to the finished books. Discover what happens to Joey the kangaroo on his supermarket space mission, and how a swim in the local swimming baths can lead to an underwater sea adventure.
The Story Makers project was funded by Arts Council England.
 
Into The Jungle      Down the Plughole

Squark

 

 

Samplers – Stitching Stories

13 April – 30 June 2018

An Exhibition of Samplers and Embroidery from Tameside

Betty ThompsonThe embroideries in this exhibition tell stories – from the lives of local women struggling to work and raise families during the nineteenth century, to soldiers of the Manchester Regiment stationed in far-flung imperial outposts and fighting in the trenches of the Western Front.
 
Practice pieces known as samplers often included embroidered flowers, quaint cottages and religious verses.  However, the charming subject matter often hides the difficult circumstances in which they were produced. This exhibition explores the stories behind the samplers.   
 
Although largely considered a pastime for women and girls, embroidery was also practiced by men. This exhibition includes pieces by soldiers whose skilful needlework helps to tell the story of the Manchester Regiment during the late nineteenth century.
 
During the First World War embroidered postcards were collected and sent by soldiers serving on the Western Front to loved ones back home. Stitched by French and Belgian women, they incorporated patriotic emblems and symbols of love and friendship. The brightly coloured threads would have contrasted with the khaki and brown of the trenches, helping to boost morale at the Front and in Britain.
 
As well as being creative and decorative works, these embroideries hold fascinating stories within their stitches.

 

Embroidery

 

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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Ashton-under-Lyne
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