Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery


The Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery was founded by a group of artists and art lovers. The aims are to promote the visual arts in Rochdale and specifically to support Rochdale Art Gallery in its acquisition and conservation programme. Painters, sculptors, craft makers, historians, photographers and new and established artists have talked about their work, interests and passions.

For many years the Friends have been helping the Art Gallery at Touchstones to conserve and acquire paintings for the Collection. Talks by invited speakers about historic and contemporary art and craft are held most months with the occasional trip to visit other art collections.

Meetings are held at Touchstones Rochdale on the second Thursday of the month (changed from the second Tuesday as of November 2021):

All are welcome to join Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery.

How to join?

You can either post a cheque for £10 (made payable to FRAG) to c/o Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ (please make sure you include a cover letter clearly stating your full name, address, postcode, telephone number and email address). Alternatively, you can ring 01706 924928 and pay over the phone, or come along to one of the talks organised by the Friends and pay in person.

For further information or to discuss any aspect of membership, please contact Jenny Buckley (Chair, FRAG) on 01706 358686.

Contact Information

Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery

Touchstones Rochdale
The Esplanade
Town Centre
OL16 1AQ

Tel: 01706 358686

Meeting times

Meetings: Second Thursday of every month at Touchstones Rochdale (changed from second Tuesday as of November 2021).


Times: Tea, coffee & biscuits served from 12.15pm - 12.45pm in the Studio.


Guest Speaker from 12.45pm - 1.45pm.

Where we are

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