Background /exhibitions/5a

The paths of Russel (1927 – 2020) and Saddleworth Museum appear to have been linked throughout his life, from the days when Russel began painting in 1950 after completing an engineering apprenticeship. Depicted here is a self-portrait, c 1955, which was displayed at Russel’s exhibition, “Saddleworth in a Lifetime”, which was held in the museum during 2017. It appears fitting that the collection should find its’ new home at the museum before it is directed to the purpose that Russel intended.

Russel joined the Saddleworth Art Group in 1951 and taught pottery at part-time evening classes from 1962 and emerged as a renowned and respected local artist, with a 70-year commitment of unwavering effort to draw and paint the Saddleworth area. Russel was also recognised nationally, having exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London. 

Following the death of Russel in 2020  the trustees of the museum were asked by the Russel Howarth executors to act as the Russel Howarth Trustees for that part of the estate primarily dedicated by Russel to support and encourage artists and ceramicists.  The Trustees will continue to honour to Russel’s bequest and direct income generated from the trust to that end.

Please see below some images from the art store refurbishment (environmentally controlled, safe and secure) required to house the collection.

Make an appointment to view items in the Russel Howarth Collection.

The Trustees now invite individuals, collectors and gallery houses to make an appointment with the curator (curator@saddleworthmuseum.co.uk) to view this collection in store. Appointments can also be made by telephoning (or calling in to reception) between 1 and 4 pm. All reasonable offers, for single, or multiple works, will be considered.

All works offered for sale are signed originals and are as presented (framed/unframed) by the artist. 

The Russel Howarth Trustees Collection – online.

A selection of especially important  works are available online 24/7 . These can be secured immediately by online payment. Our art online team will then  contact you to arrange a collection day and time to suit you.

All works offered for sale are signed originals and are as presented (framed/unframed) by the artist. 

The Russel Howarth Trustees Collection-exhibitions

Occasionally the trustees arranges a gallery exhibition.  A selection of works were first exhibited in public, and offered for sale,  at the museum during the spring of 2021.

Please see below some images from the exhibition.

Examples of Russel’s works, by location, are listed below (N.B. some may well have already been sold)

Some of Russel’s views around Delph in the collection. Please visit to see more.

Some of Russel’s views around Denshaw & Broadhead Noddle in the collwction. Please visit to see more. 

Some of Russel’s views around Diggle in the collection. Please visit to see more.

Some of Russel’s views around Dobcross in the collection. Please visit to see more.

Some of Russel’s views around Greenfield in the collection. Please visit to see more. 

Some more of Russel’s views around Greenfield (Dovestones & Friezland) in the collection. Please visit to see more. 

Some of Russel’s views around Uppermill in the collection. Please visit to see more.

Some of Russel’s views around WaterheadStrinesdale in the collection. Please visit to see more.

Plus, many more. Make an appointment and take a unique opportunity to see more in the collection.

Proceeds toward student ceramicists and artists.