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Protest & Peterloo Radicals & Rebellious Nowrus/New Day Richard Wincer Borough Beats

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Welcome

Welcome to our exhibitions and events guide listing everything happening at Touchstones Rochdale over the next four months. We hope you will enjoy visiting and participating in our offer. Team

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An excellent informative exhibition, beautifully displayed and thought out A refreshing, invigorating exhibition on a very interesting subject Very interactive show using lots of senses. Some great ideas and lots of fun

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Love it more than Nutella!

Great café with wonderful coffee and teacakes. Everyone should try it!

Rochdale has a hidden gem in the Touchstones Rochdale Art Gallery

I’ve come here with my 1 and 3 year old daughters. They enjoyed the activities and stories. I enjoyed looking at each piece and learning more. Will recommend to others to visit

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Exhibitions 13 JULY - 21 SEPTEMBER

Annie Pootoogook GALLERY THREE Annie Pootoogook came from a long line of artists in Cape Dorset, Canada (known today as Kinngait) and began drawing in 1997. Within a decade, she became the catalyst for an explosion of creativity originating from the Kinngait Studios. Her drawings challenged conventional expectation of Inuit graphic art. An instinctive chronicler of her generation, Pootoogook created works peppered with images of daily life: from feasting, camping and hunting to current events seen on television, intimate personal eroticism, as well as alcoholism and domestic violence. Her realism was at odds with the outdoor scenes traditionally associated with Inuit art.

Annie Pootoogook, Eating Seal at Home, 2001. Collection of John and Joyce Price. Image courtesy Feheley Fine Arts

This exhibition, curated by Dr Nancy Campbell, is presented as part of the Liverpool Biennial touring programme, which brings artworks by international artists presented at the 2018 festival of contemporary art to spaces across the North of England. Supported with National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund.

Image: Picture Store at Touchstones Rochdale. Photo: Harry Meadley

UNTIL 1 JUNE

Harry Meadley: But what if we tried? GALLERY TWO, THREE, FOUR AND MIDDLETON ARENA

Intrigued by the fact visitors often ask us why we don’t show more of the over 1500 works in the Borough’s fine art collection, artist Meadley set us the challenge of attempting to display as much as possible in one single exhibition. Spanning three galleries, But what if we tried? presents the results of this attempt.

From January to July 2019 - To coincide with this exhibition, there is also a selection of rarely seen artworks from the collection at Middleton Arena.

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UNTIL 18 MAY

A Postcard from Rochdale GALLERY ONE Having proved a hit in its inaugural year we return with the second edition of our annual open art exhibition, A Postcard from Rochdale. This time established artists, amateurs and schools were invited to seek inspiration from our rich and diverse permanent collection of over 500 paintings, and submit their artworks to the size of a postcard.

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Image: Charles Burton Barber, A Special Pleader Photo: Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service

FROM APRIL

Rochdale’s Collections

Sport

MUSEUM

HEYWOOD SPORTS VILLAGE

As well as our changing exhibition spaces, we have a dedicated permanent museum which aims to tell a potted history of Rochdale in a fun and friendly way. The museum is ideally suited to families and people with an interest in the history of Rochdale.

Discover more about Rochdale’s proud sporting history in this display of unique memorabilia and local stories.

There are interactive displays, hands on exhibits, films, audio and a wide range of objects from the Borough’s collection on display.

Step back in time to learn more about Rochdale’s very own baseball team, the Rochdale Greys; the growth of the Hornets rugby team and the Boroughs excellence in professional swimming. The display will also celebrate the wonderful achievements of local Olympians who took part in London 2012.

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Exhibitions

Image courtesy of Peterloo.org

18 MAY - 2 NOVEMBER

Protest and Peterloo HERITAGE GALLERY In 1819 around 50,000 men, women and children from across the North West marched peacefully into Manchester to call for parliamentary reforms to secure more rights for themselves. This ended in blood shed as the local magistrates sent in the cavalry to disperse the crowd. Nearly 700 people were injured and at least 15 were killed. This became known as the Peterloo Massacre.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary the museum will be displaying selected objects from the collection with incredible stories linked to Peterloo, including the only surviving banner that was marched from Middleton by a group led by Sam Bamford. The exhibition will also include a project with Rochdale Borough’s Youth Parliament and Children’s Council and props from Mike Leigh’s new film ‘Peterloo’. Watch out for the exciting events and activities around the Borough related to this exhibition listed on p12.

FROM JULY 2019

Radicals and Rebellion MIDDLETON ARENA Linked with the commemoration of Peterloo this display looks back at Rochdale Borough’s proud liberal heritage, celebrating the individuals and societies who have fought for social and political change over the last 200 years. From local anti-slavery supporters, who starved during the Cotton Famine to fight for equality in America, to the Pioneers whose principles remain the foundations of the Cooperative movement today. The rebellious people of Rochdale borough have played an important role in pushing for change on a national, and even international, level.

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13 JULY - 21 SEPTEMBER

GALLERY FOUR Since 2009, with the support of the Art Fund, the British Museum and the V&A have been assembling an important collection of contemporary photography focusing on the Middle East - the Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography. In 2016 we were invited to curate an exhibition drawn from this collection. In recent years Rochdale has become home to a large number of people seeking refuge from countries across the Middle East. In light of this we invited Global Conversations, a group of refugees who meet on a weekly basis at nearby St. Chad’s Church, to co-curate this exhibition with us.

Nowrus/New Day presents the results of this unique collaboration and poses a range of critical questions about the collection and, more generally, how the Middle East is presented through the media. With generous loans from the V&A and the British Museum and funding from the Art Fund.

25 MAY - 7 SEPTEMBER

Richard Wincer: Shelter GALLERY ONE Todmorden-based artist Richard Wincer has created an ambitious new sculptural installation for Gallery One. Drawing on his interest in Wild West cabins and the occupation of new frontiers, and responding to the present-day plight of many people who have been forced to leave or lost their home, this site-specific work assumes the form of a makeshift dwelling constructed entirely from wooden canvas stretchers and panels.

Image: Detail of Shelter. Photo: Richard Wincer

Touchstones, and the personal experiences and creativity of the people attending the EDEN Court Cafe Project at the old Rochdale Magistrates’ Court run by Rochdale Community Partnership.

The imagery on and within Wincer’s sculpture has been informed by the diverse collections held by

ONGOING

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Borough Beats MUSEUM Music in the Rochdale Borough from the 1980’s and 1990’s Celebrating the Heritage Lottery Fund project Borough Beats and co-curated by a number of young people from across the local area, this display focuses on music and popular culture from the Rochdale borough from the 1980’s and 1990’s.

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EXHIBITIONS

Nowrus/New Day


TALKS, TOURS & SPECIAL EVENTS

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Talks, Tours & Special Events 12 JULY - 6PM

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Launch Night: Shelter, Annie Pootoogook & Nowrus/New Day Join us for the official launch of the new season of exhibitions in the Art Gallery. Drinks served.

13 JULY - 2-3.30PM

NO BOOKING REQUIRED

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Talk: Dr Nancy Campbell on Annie Pootoogook Independent curator and writer Dr Nancy Campbell closely followed Annie Pootoogook’s career for many years. To coincide with the exhibition in Gallery Three, Campbell will share her expert insight into Pootoogook’s life and art.

Knit a Bee for Dippy! Are you a knitter? Could you help us by knitting a bee? Dippy, the famous Diplodocus skeleton from the Natural History Museum in London, will be visiting Rochdale from February to June 2020 as part of a nationwide tour. He will be on display at Number One Riverside in Rochdale Town Centre with an accompanying exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale. We’d like to create an installation of 500 knitted bees to celebrate Dippy’s visit and highlight the importance of bees and biodiversity. Can you help by knitting us a bee or two? Details of the project and patterns for two different sizes of bee can be found on our website or email liz.mcnabb@link4life.org for information.

BOOKING REQUIRED

VARIOUS DATES

£4*

Talks: Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery The Friends organise monthly talks by invited speakers about art and craft and an annual trip to visit other regional art collections. For more details about the next season of events please visit www.link4life.org/touchstones/frags. Second Tuesday of every month 14 May | 11 June | 9 July | 13 August. 12.30pm - 1.45pm | £4 (*£3 for members) NO BOOKING REQUIRED

PAY ON THE DAY

Image courtesy of DMC Photographic

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Local Studies

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Family History Drop-in Sessions

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Homework Club Got a project to finish, need a picture printing out?

Need help with your family tree or don’t know where to start? Call in to our weekly Family History drop in sessions where friendly staff will be able to help you.

Come along to our Homework Club. Children under 11 years must be accompanied by an adult. Every Wednesday | 3.30pm-4.45-pm Saturdays | 1pm-4.45pm

2pm - 4.30pm

TWO UNMISSABLE EVENTS To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre and our exhibition 'Protest and Peterloo', we are hosting two special events that are not to be missed! 30 MAY - 11AM - 2PM

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Protest! Family Fun Day

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What’s On 12 JULY - 4PM

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FAMILY FRIENDLY

Mellow Baku Vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and performance poet Mellow Baku draws on sounds of soul, and jazz, reggae, folk and blues, combined with live vocal looping improvisations and electronics, to produce captivating soundscapes and songs. A charismatic live performer, Mellow Baku works throughout the UK and internationally, solo and in collaboration with artists and ensembles. She’s completed two albums, numerous recordings and delivers a range of workshops in public groups, schools and for the NHS. Currently Associate Vital Spark Artist with The Spark Arts for Children, Mellow sees performances as magical opportunities for people of all ages to connect, share stories and explore. Playing with intuitive and inspired jazz and world musicians and improvisers, Deb Mawby (saxes, flute), Rachael Johnson (keys), Fran Bass (Bass) and Sophie Fishwick (drums).

17 MAY - 7.30PM

“A new voice in British music, with an original blend... Superb voice, brilliant music, a must for all” - Courtney Pine OBE

“That velvety, molten voice seemed to literally bring a surge of heat into the auditorium. Unforgettable” - Dr Nima Poovaya-Smith, Alchemy

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ADULT AUDIENCE

Tickle your Fancy After a fantastic show last year, ‘Tickle your fancy’ returns to Touchstones! ‘Tickle your fancy’ is a cabaret night full of surprises. A smorgasbord of entertainment – offering something for everyone! The night is hosted by Doolally – a comedy singing act, who share their daft songs and introduce a range of cabaret performers – music, magic, spoken word, dramatic and sometimes the downright unusual! There’s a writing competition with prizes and loads more. Come and be tickled pink!

“Tickle your fancy is like being at a party that you didn’t have to organise or clear up afterwards. Fab evening, just gets better every time.” - TYF audience member

To book: visit www.link4life.org/touchstones, call 01706 924928 or pop in to Touchstones Rochdale


FAMILY FRIENDLY

28 JUNE - 7.30PM & 29 JUNE - 2PM

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Directed by Kerry Kawai

1 & 2 JUNE - 11AM - 4PM

Time Machine ROCHDALE’S HISTORIC TOAD LANE A pop up celebration of People’s History in Rochdale with free, fun activities and entertainment for young and old. Featuring Audrey, the amazing mobile vintage cinema • A Cabinet of Curiosities: a sneaky peak at weird and wonderful artefacts from the Touchstones collection. • Futurescope: shape the history of our place and the transformation of Rochdale town hall. • Memories Amnesty: share your memories, scrapbooks, photo and ephemera with local history detectives. • Household Heritage: home grown history - bring along something old and interesting but not necessarily precious heirloom. • Hard Hat Heroes : Rochdale’s beautiful buildings are coming back to life – find out how. • Let’s Make History: use scrapbooking techniques to create memory bunting for future generations. • Table Top Museums: discover Rochdale’s curators, collectors and collections. • Haunted: swap tales of Rochdale’s most mysterious, unexplained and seriously scary.

Six generations of women, their lives spanning 100 years from the final months of World War One to the present: through a weaving together of monologue, dialogue, songs and physical theatre we are given glimpses into brief episodes of these women’s lives … episodes evoking joy, sorrow, love, loss and memory that articulate the ‘small histories’ of ordinary people.

ADULT AUDIENCE

Out of Kilter Theatre is a Rochdale-based company. Set up in 2016 by director Kerry Kawai and writer/producer Mark Murphy, the company aims to regularly collaborate with local actors and theatre makers to develop new work for performances at venues in the region.

6 JULY - 11AM & 2PM

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Little Angel Theatre Presents

The Flying Bath

AGES 5-7

When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they're always home for the children's bathtime at the end of the day.

• The Lost & Found Societies of Recreation: a market place of Rochdale’s hobbies, clubs and societies.

This charming and adventurous story from bestselling author Julia Donaldson is brought to life using music, rhyme and puppetry in this exciting new stage adaptation.

• The Old School Wall: bring your class photos to add to our wall of fame and spot your chums in the line ups.

This play is based on the original book The Flying Bath. Text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2014. Illustrations copyright © David Roberts 2014. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books.

• Dine though the Decades: enjoy a taste of the past from a menu of dishes and drinks from bygone eras at The Baum.

The Flying Bath is part of Little Angel Theatre’s project Take Flight, a project designed to support schools all around the country to achieve the Artsmark award.

To book: visit www.link4life.org/touchstones, call 01706 924928 or pop in to Touchstones Rochdale

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FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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Family Activities 10 AUGUST - 10AM - 2PM

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Pop-Up ‘Performance and Protest’ at Middleton Arena Come and join us in commemorating 200 years since the Peterloo Massacre. Find out what happened from historical characters in pop-up performance throughout the event. Meet radical Sam Bamford and magistrate William Huyton. Help revive the liberty cap as a symbol of freedom and democracy by making your own with artists Paul Fitzgerald and Eva Schlunke. Craft activities throughout the session. Performances at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30 pm. NO BOOKING REQUIRED

SUITABLE FOR 5-12 YEARS Supported by Middleton Township Funding

30 MAY - 11AM - 2PM

Image courtesy of Peterloo.org

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Protest! Join us for a creative and fun day of protest at Touchstones to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Protest and Peterloo. We want to know what is important to you, what would you protest for? Craft your own protest pebble and make a badge. Help our artists to create a giant Protest Mural in today’s exciting session. NO BOOKING REQUIRED

SUITABLE FOR 5-12 YEARS Courtesy of Darren Robinson Photography

To book: visit www.link4life.org/touchstones, call 01706 924928 or pop in to Touchstones Rochdale


11 MAY - 10.30AM - 12.30PM

£10

Embroidered Hanging Decorations Learn all about different sewing and beading techniques with local textile artist Melanie Kay in this relaxing workshop where you will make your own unique hanging decoration to take home. All materials will be provided however participants can bring their own pieces of fabric to personalise their decorations.

13 JULY - 10.30AM - 12.30PM

£10

8 JUNE - 10.30AM - 12.30PM

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ADULT CRAFT WORKSHOPS

Adult Craft Workshops

All participants will receive a 10% discount when ordering from the Art Cafe.

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Protest Song Workshop Ever wanted to write your own music but not sure where to start? Join musician Alison Cooper to write a collaborative protest song inspired by the museums’ Peterloo exhibition. The session we will look at the history of protest songs and focus on writing lyrics and melodies to create a finished piece on the day. No musical or singing experience is necessary but people who play acoustic instruments are welcome to bring them on the day.

10 AUGUST - 10.30AM - 12.30PM

£10

Paper Embroidery

Decoupage Keepsake

The beautiful art of paper embroidery is an easyto-learn technique. Craft buddies Karen Vine and Trish Cartner will share with you how to pierce and hand stitch decorative detail to paper and card in combination with collage, stencils and ink stamps.

Make a statement through the medium of decoupage with artist Sarah Albon. This technique has been used for centuries and across different cultures, to decorate artefacts and express ideas. Explore the decoupage process and create your own personalised keepsake.

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Regular Activities JUST TURN UP

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FRIDAYS - 3PM

Knitty Gritty

AGES 13-25

FREE

The Rochdale Youth Theatre

Join our monthly knitting circle in The Art Café. Feel free to bring along your own knitting projects, share ideas or start something new inspired by our current exhibitions.

This group meets every Friday 3-5pm at Touchstones to create exciting new work addressing issues that are important to young people in Rochdale.

Sessions run on the last Tuesday of every month. 28 May | 25 June | 30 July | 27 August - 2-3.30pm

For more information please contact Lisa.Oneill-rogan@link4life.org

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ADULTS

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ADULTS

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Mindfulness & Wellbeing

Menopause Monthly

Join us in our peaceful Gallery setting to explore the popular practice of Mindfulness. Learn how to become more aware of your thoughts and feelings through activities and breathing techniques that have been proven to reduce stress and improve wellbeing. Just bring your own yoga mat or towel and get ready to relax.

An opportunity for women to come together to discuss the menopause and take an exercise or art class to help relieve anxiety related to the menopause. 31 May | 28 June | 26 July | 30 August - 6-7pm

31 May | 28 June | 26 July | 30 August - 5-6pm

To book: visit www.link4life.org/touchstones, call 01706 924928 or pop in to Touchstones Rochdale


Challenge yourself this summer with Touchstones’ very own action-packed and family friendly workshops and performances. All designed to test your wits, creativity and sense of adventure! All Sessions £4 Max 20 persons per session.

Dare you challenge the Challenge Master? Can you beat his deviously tough tasks! Each week brings a new set of mind boggling problems. The question is – do you have the skills to solve them? AGES 7+

10.30AM - 1PM 1.30PM - 3PM

TUESDAY 23 JULY Your first challenge - bring an object that looks like you! Best object wins. More challenges to follow, the Challenge Master will be waiting… TUESDAY 30 JULY Challenge number one - arrive with the brightest fruit! Brightest fruit wins but what will your next challenge be…? TUESDAY 6 AUGUST Your challenge starts here – bring in a picture of a duck! Best duck wins. Be ready to face more challenges from the Challenge Master. TUESDAY 13 AUGUST Here’s your first challenge…tell the Challenge Master your best lie! Most ridiculous wins! Then await further devious challenges…

Challenge yourself every Thursday to learn new skills and discover things you never knew! Find a new theme every week. So what are you waiting for? Come Challenge Yourself! AGES 5+

10.30AM - 1PM 1.30PM - 3PM

THURSDAY 25 JULY - STORYTELLING Become expert story tellers with the help of our resident Professor. Where will your story take you today? THURSDAY 1 AUGUST - PUPPETEERING Can you make your very own puppet to take home? Learn new skills and get creative. THURSDAY 8 AUGUST - SCIENCE Learn new scientific skills while building rockets and chemical elements! THURSDAY 15 AUGUST - HISTORY DETECTIVES Could you run a museum? What would you have in it? Find out the skills you need to be an expert curator.

TUESDAY 20 AUGUST Here we go…challenge one, to bring in the smallest, but visible, thing. Then make yourself ready to face new challenges…

THURSDAY 22 AUGUST - YOGA Join us for a relaxing session of museum yoga. Bring the little ones in the morning and the big kids in the afternoon!

TUESDAY 27 AUGUST OK, the best challenge yet…arrive dressed like your grown up! Best likeness wins. But, remember, you have more devious challenges ahead…

THURSDAY 29 AUGUST - NATURE Learn about all things natural with our visiting experts – Nature Ed! Nature based crafts and activities to educate and entertain!

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

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Get Involved! Creative Learning at Touchstones Our creative questers - Professors Jigget and Aeon are on a mission to find and recruit the greatest seekers of knowledge in the known universe! Do you know of any early years children who can get hands on and explore traditional tales through imagination, creativity and play? What about a class of primary children who could become archaeologists, history detectives and crafters of time? If you’ve answered YES to any of the above then get in touch on schools@link4life.org to have a chat about getting involved! Don’t forget all our creative learning sessions come with a full lesson plan and will help you achieve all of your learning aims and objectives! So… what are you waiting for? Book NOW!

Volunteering

Arts & Heritage Resource Centre

In Touchstones Rochdale, we’re always looking for volunteers to help out both inside and outside of the building.

Ever wanted to see where we keep and care for the Borough’s museum, art gallery and local studies collections when they’re not on display?

Whether you’re helping out with our loans boxes, giving tours of the galleries, collecting feedback or supporting our workshops and activities, if you would like to get involved, please email touchstones@link4life.org.

Visits to the Arts and Heritage Resource Centre must be booked in advance, please enquire at Touchstones for more information. Why not have a look on our website to see the amazing Virtual Reality Tour of the centre.

To book: visit www.link4life.org/touchstones, call 01706 924928 or pop in to Touchstones Rochdale


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GET INVOLVED

Join the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery The Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery have been essential to our continued growth and development as an important regional art gallery. Through their generous donations over the years we have been able to conserve and acquire countless key works of art for the collection. Annual membership is ONLY £10 and in addition to supporting the Art Gallery, you will discounted rates on the annual programme of talks and trips organised by the Friends and invitations to private views for all exhibitions at the Art Gallery.

FURTHER INFORMATION To discuss any aspect of the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery or interested in becoming a member please contact Jenny Buckley (Chair, FRAG) on 01706 358686 or Mark Doyle (Art Gallery Curator & Collections Manager, Touchstones Rochdale) on 01706 924555 or mark.doyle@link4life.org.

HOW TO JOIN You can join in a number of ways: •

Post a cheque (made payable to FRAG) c/o Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ (please make sure you include a cover letter giving your full name, address, postcode, telephone number and email address).

• Ring 01706 924928 and pay over the phone. • Come along to one of the talks organised by the Friends and pay in person.

To book: visit www.link4life.org/touchstones, call 01706 924928 or pop in to Touchstones Rochdale


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Visitor Information As well as our museum, art gallery and events programme, there are plenty of other reasons to visit Touchstones Rochdale. Touchstones Rochdale is the home of Rochdale Borough’s Arts & Heritage Service and is operated by Link4Life.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE Our Visitor Information Centre staff will be happy to help you learn more about the local area. They have information about local and regional events, accommodation and hospitality; and are full of suggestions for things to do and places to visit for all ages, backgrounds and interests.

VENUE HIRE Touchstones Rochdale offers a unique venue for meetings, parties and events and can accommodate up to 100. Our studio space and meeting room offer theatrical lighting, projector, wi-fi etc and are available for hire. Email touchstones@link4life.org for more details.

THE ART CAFÉ Open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday, serving a wide selection of fresh hot and cold food, drinks and snacks. With free wi-fi and a relaxed atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends, meet colleagues, or simply relax after enjoying our exhibitions and displays. Now offering afternoon teas, with optional prosecco!

LOCAL HISTORY CENTRE Discover the past for yourself first hand. Whether you’re interested in local history, want to trace your family roots or just want to know a little more about the street you live on, we can help you find out more. Our collections include maps, photographs, ephemera, archives and local newspapers on microfilm. Free internet access including ancestry.com is also available. Just pop in and our friendly staff will help with your enquiries.

SHOP The place to get that unique card or gift. We stock a range of souvenirs, postcards, local crafts, jewellery, books and pocket money gifts for children.


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