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.


‘To See the Sea’ by Simon Parkin

6 October – 22 December 2018

A new exhibition by local artist Simon Parkin explores the elemental wonder and mystery of the sea. Simon’s artwork captures the sea’s transitory beauty as it changes according to different weather and terrain. Its power, unpredictability and destructive capabilities also fascinate the artist.

The sea often evokes fond memories of swimming, paddling, and sailing. These activities also have a transformative power and bring feelings of escape. The sea also provides us with food and can be life-giving and hold hope, but equally it can be seen to be destructive: bringing death and tragedy, sorrow and loss.
Simon uses the painting process to explore the medium of painting itself - how the fluidity, marks and gestures can replicate ideas of movement and light on the sea, and the layers of colour within.

He wants the paintings to have a sense of longing but be resolved; be playful, accidental and uncertain but purposeful; be stimulating and also calm and be of a time, but be timeless and transcending. Simon hopes his approach will appeal and entice the viewer to participate in an intimate way: to step inside the paintings and lose themselves in their own thoughts and feelings, and by doing so bring the work to a conclusion.

‘My Health Heroes: Celebrating 70 Years of the NHS’

6 October – 22 December 2018

From Nurses to dentists and GP surgeries to local parks – the people and places that help us to keep healthy are to be celebrated in a new exhibition to culminate Tameside’s local commemorations to mark 70 years of the NHS.

‘My Health Heroes’ is opening at Central Art Gallery, Ashton, featuring artwork from local Special Educational Need schools and sculptures produced by the local community Wild Ways group for adults with additional needs.

The exhibition will also include historic medical objects from Portland Basin Museum’s collection as well as items from Tameside Hospital. A commemorative flag produced as part of a competition among Tameside schools to mark #NHS70 will also be on proud display.

Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for Culture Cllr Leanne Feeley said: “This is a wonderful celebration of everything and everyone that makes a positive difference to the health of Tameside people and it is so lovely to see local children and adults expressing, through art, who and what has been important to them in their own personal health and wellbeing. It is a very inspiring and fitting finale to the borough’s events and activities to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.”

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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