Whilst the Museum is open between 1 and 4 pm every day (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day), our community gallery is sometimes booked for private events during the day. It is advisable to check in advance before your visit to a specific exhibition. Check the “Events” page on this website or ring the museum reception (01457 874093) or email curator@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk

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From Saturday 27th October to Sunday 25th November > “East, West and a bit of the Rest” > by Textile Art Group

“East, West and a bit of the Rest” by Textile Art Group in the community gallery, admission free.

East…..showcasing recent work inspired by Japanese Samurai. This was commissioned by and exhibited at the Royal Armouries Leeds.
West…..takes us back to Yorkshire and its landscape and industry.
Rest….. a medley of individual work including the group project featuring ‘Wheels’.

East, West and a bit of the rest

The exhibition will be a combination of new and retrospective work. You will be able to see a selection of pieces from our “Samurai” project (shown originally at the Leeds Royal Armouries) and from our “My Yorkshire” project (shown originally at Bankfield Museum).

At the Armouries members of TAG were able to photograph, draw and make a ‘hands on’ examination of the Japanese Samurai Armour. Of particular interest were the beautiful decorative features of the gold-plated armour and the method of lacing the metal plates with silk cords – not to mention the quilted silk-padded undergarments worn below the armour! The Samurai were very great warriors and although they relied on their aggressive appearance when in battle, they were also scholars and lovers of beauty. It was this aspect of their attributes which provided the Group with much inspiration.

Margaret Brown in her research worked from a scrap of brocade found beneath the armour to create her ‘Boro’ – a many patched item of clothing based on the shape of one of the undergarments. Jackie Ford has used the sacred symbol of the chrysanthemum in her ‘Kiku’ series and Joan Burnip has taken the colours of samurai dress and used Japanese book binding techniques to produce an installation of decorated booklets – ‘Hons’.

Nearer to home – from the joint exhibition ‘My Yorkshire’ with the Photographic Society we have textiles with wide ranging subjects such as ‘My arm chair’ by Jaki Bogg, the scenic sketched and stitched pieces of Vivienne Brown’s ‘Limestone Pavements’, Helen Smith’s ‘Scaleber Force’, and the weavings of ‘Haworth Moors’ by Ann Barrans. Lesley Bohanna provides a stark contrast with her many industrial landscapes.

The group project ‘Wheels’ references the industrial past of the area. It is thought that the museum was once part of the engine room of a mill – one of many built in and around Uppermill during the industrial revolution. In black and white with a splash of colour each member has contributed small stitched panels each using ‘Wheels’ in the title. TAG hopes it will raise a smile!

Members have been working to their individual themes and some of their recent work is on display. Denise Teed continues to work with fibres to produce an ethereal quality of light and shade in her ‘Shakespearean series’.

Jackie Ford and Vivienne Brown show their mixed media flower studies and Jaki Bog’s stitched sketch ‘Bird ‘captures the wonders of flight dynamics. All this and more make up ‘and a bit of the Rest’.

The link for the TAG website is www.textileartgroup.artweb.com

The link for this exhibition is http://textileartgroup.artweb.com/current-exhibition

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From Saturday 1st December to early January 2019 > “Winter Exhibition” > by Saddleworth Group of Artists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Winter Exhibition” by Saddleworth Group of Artists in the community gallery, admission free. Website/Facebook www.saddleworthartists.co.uk/

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From Saturday 12th January to Sunday 10th February > “Exhibition” > by Jude Gidney

“Exhibition” by Jude Gidney in the community gallery, admission free. Awaiting images Website/Facebook Link>  Jude Gidney

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From Saturday 16th February to Sunday 17th March > “Exhibition” > by Susan Aggarwal

“Exhibition” by Susan Aggarwal in the community gallery, admission free. Awaiting images Website/Facebook Link > Susan Aggarwal

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From Saturday 23rd March to Sunday 21st April > “Exhibition” > by Dianne Terry

“Exhibition” by Dianne Terry in the community gallery, admission free. Awaiting images Website/Facebook Link > Dianne Terry

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From Saturday 27th April to Sunday 26th May > “Exhibition” > by Joyce Vick

“Exhibition” by Joyce Vick in the community gallery, admission free. Awaiting images Website/Facebook Link > Joyce Vick

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From Saturday 1st June to Saturday 29th June > “Summer Exhibition” > by the Saddleworth Group of Artists

“Summer Exhibition” by the Saddleworth Group of Artists in the community gallery, admission free. Awaiting images Website/Facebook Link > SDAG

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From Saturday 10th August to Sunday 8th September > “Exhibition” > by Alan James Thompson

“Exhibition” by Alan James Thompson in the community gallery, admission free. Awaiting images Website/Facebook Link > Alan James Thompson

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From Saturday 14th September to Sunday 13th October > “Exhibition” > by John Singleton

“Exhibition” by John Singleton in the community gallery, admission free. Awaiting images Website/Facebook Link > ?

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From Saturday 19th October to Sunday 17th November > “Exhibition” > by ?

“Exhibition” by ? in the community gallery, admission free. Awaiting images Website/Facebook Link >

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From Saturday 23rd November to Saturday early January 2020 > “Winter Exhibition” > by the Saddleworth Group of Artists

“Winter Exhibition” by the Saddleworth Group of Artists in the community gallery, admission free. Awaiting images Website/Facebook Link > SDAG

SOME OF THE EXHIBITIONS WE HAVE HELD IN THE PAST 18 MONTHS

22nd September to 21st October > a joint exhibition > by Steve Capper & Peter Stanaway (now closed)

July 18th August to 16th September > “Comrades in Art” > Kevin Haynes, Robert Lees & Cliff Murphy (now closed)

14th July to 12th August > “A Landscape Shaped by Water” > artist Sheila Dewsbury & photographer Michael Fox (now closed)

9th June to Saturday 7th July > “Summer Selection” > Saddleworth Group of Artists (now closed) 

5th May to 3rd June > “Drawn By Stitch” > by Claire Mather (now closed)

 31st March to 28th April > “Exhibition” > by Liz Hilton (now closed) 

24th February to 25th March > “Himalayas Revisited” > by Helen R Slater (now closed)

21st January to 18th February 2018 > The Ten of Us (Ted Bates, Reg Calvert, Steve Capper, Neil Cochrane, David Edwards, Phil Hughes, John McCombs, Ron McSweeney, David Ralston and Harry Robertson)  > ‘EXPLORAMUS’  (now closed) 8th December 2017 to 13th January 2018 > SADDLEWORTH GROUP OF ARTISTS > ‘WINTER SELECTION’  (now closed) 11th November to 4th December October to 5th November 2017 > Andy Marland > “Millscapes” (now closed)

7th October to 5th November 2017 > Victoria Ashworth > “Canals and Architecture” (now closed)

 9th September to 1st October 2017 > “Judith Alsop Miles > “From the Pyrenees to the Pennines” (now closed)

 22nd July to 3rd September 2017 > “John McCombs’ Class > “A Celebration”‘  (now closed) 17th June to 16th July 2017 SADDLEWORTH GROUP OF ARTISTS- ‘SUMMER SELECTION’  (now closed)

13th May to 11th June 2017 CHRIS CYPRUS- ‘A COLOURED NORTH’  (now closed)

8th April to 7th May 2017 RUSSEL HOWARTH- ‘SADDLEWORTH IN A LIFETIME’  (now closed) 4th March to 2nd April 2017 DIANA TERRY- ‘SADDLEWORTH EDGES’  (now closed)  21st January to 26th February 2017 THE CANALSIDE QUILTERS –  10th ANNIVERSARY (now closed)quilters

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10th December 2016 until 15th January 2017 HELEN SLATER – WATER, EARTH AND AIR: CAPTURING THE ELEMENTS (now closed) 7th November until 3rd December 2016 4MOST DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHIC GROUP – ‘AS IT WAS’ (now closed)