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Exhibition: Harmony, Contrast & Discord

18 May 2021 - 03 July 2021

Tuesday 18 May 2021 - Saturday 03 July 2021
Open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm

Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade
Rochdale Town Centre
OL16 1AQ


Working within the UK’s roadmap dates for recovery, Touchstones Rochdale responds with optimism to a ‘lost year’ spent in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic with exhibitions that respond to this tumultuous period, but also offer welcome escapism.

Covering two galleries, the starting point for 'Harmony, Contrast & Discord' is the fact that there were over 150 art schools in the United Kingdom in the mid-1960s, many of them in industrial towns and cities where arts education provision is now arguably eroded.

Artists John Beck and Matthew Cornford have spent almost 10 years photographing the sites of these former art schools as they are today, including the car park in Rochdale that was the site of the never-replaced Rochdale College of Art.

Featuring Beck and Cornford’s photography, artwork and objects from the Borough’s collections, the art and stories of alumni and tutors and a ‘live’ art school, this exhibition explores the value placed on education in the arts, the legacy of the art schools and what relation art should have to broader society now and in the future.

Entry fee: Free, but you must pre-book

Contact: Touchstones Rochdale Main Reception
01706 924492

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