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Exhibition: Helen Cammock - Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks

23 October 2021 - 13 February 2022

Saturday 23 October 2021 - Sunday 13 February 2022
Open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm

Touchstones Rochdale
Gallery Four
The Esplanade
Rochdale Town Centre
OL16 1AQ


Centring on film works created with the participation of community groups from Rochdale, Helen Cammock’s ‘Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks’ will run at Touchstones until February 2022.

For her exhibition, Cammock has taken the hugely influential 1884 Rochdale Principles of Co-operation as a point of departure, looking to reconnect with these ideas through open dialogues with residents of Rochdale.

Together, residents and community groups have examined what it means to exist as part of a community through film, photography, print, text, song and performance, exploring social histories and questioning mainstream historical narratives.

Taking an eclectic selection of items from Touchstones’ public art collection and archive - which will also be on display - a diverse group including Rochdale’s former mayor, young people, a local artist, a retired joiner, and a Ukrainian women’s choir, were invited to breathe new life and narratives into these objects and uncover strikingly different facets of Rochdale.

Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks looks to allow the stories, hopes and principles deeply sown within Rochdale’s histories and communities to be given a new context, looking at their relevance and resonance today.

Entry fee: Free

Contact: Touchstones Main Reception
01706 924492

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