Gallery Oldham exhibitions

Date published: Thursday, September 6, 2012

Opened simultaneously at Gallery Oldham on Saturday, 14th of July by local MP Debbie Abrahams, both Oldham RL Heritage Trust’s ‘Art in Rugby’ and the Gallery’s ‘Oldham Sporting Heroes’ exhibitions are proving as popular as predicted, providing the Gallery with outstanding visitor figures.

‘Art in Rugby’ is an exhibition celebrating the history of Oldham RL Club and features a selection of the Heritage Trust’s fascinating collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs, taking a tour through the club’s history and touches on both its triumphs and failures throughout the years.

In this Olympic year Oldham is celebrating its local sporting achievements and the sportsmen and women who made them happen. Photographer Ian Beesley’s specially commissioned black and white images portray 18 past and present local stars which between them make up the ‘Oldham Sporting Heroes’ collection.

Terry Flanagan, the selected rugby league hero, says “I am a proud born and bred Oldhamer who played almost 300 games for the Roughyeds in the 1980’s. I also represented my country at every level with the highlight being touring Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in 1984. My home ground ‘The ‘Sheddings’  was a theatre of rugby that was very special to the town’s rugby folk for over 100 years.”

The Sporting Heroes exhibition has been selected as one of the North West Cultural Olympiad projects and among the 18 heroes both Oldham’s Team GB and Paralympic heroes are well represented.

The show goes on until the 20th of October so if you haven’t already done so you’ve time to give it a visit. Some are already on their third and fourth!