The Saddleworth Museum and Gallery on the high street is open every day from 1pm to 4pm. They’re on a wonderful location on the canal and have a super gallery collection that tells the story of Saddleworth through the eyes of Saddleworthians. They have regular exhibitions of artwork by amateur and professional local and nationally acclaimed artists. The details of their art exhibitions can be found here.
They also have a decent shop that sells local hand-crafted items, many with a Saddleworth theme, alongside toys, DVDs, cards, souvenir items, jewellery, maps, walking guides, and books about Saddleworth. One great resource available at the museum is their archive that contains photographs, deeds, wills, census returns and Parish records dating back as far as the late 1500’s.
They also have the nicest toilets in the village at (20p a go if you are not visiting the museum) and the friendly and helpful staff are great sources of local knowledge.
The Millyard Gallery was established in 1985 and they are located near Dinnerstone Restaurant in Uppermill. This deceptively spacious fine-art gallery situated across two-floors has developed a reputation as one of the leading galleries in the North West. They specialise in original artwork by established and emerging artists, and they supply limited edition silkscreen prints by Artists from the Royal Academy of Arts. The Gallery has two major exhibitions annually, with constantly changing artwork throughout the year.
They also have displays of ceramics, jewellery and designer homeware for sale. The Gallery also houses Saddleworth Picture Framing, a high quality, bespoke framing service.
The Weavers Factory is located on New Street in the centre of Uppermill. Every floor of this magnificently renovated Grade II-listed building is filled with the beautiful and the unique. They also have a gift shop, workshop, tea bar, garden and two galleries. The Weavers Factory is worth a visit to see the building alone, and the story of how a weavers cottage built in 1808 became the newest art gallery in Uppermill is just wonderful.
The Weavers Factory is open 10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
The gallery has an exciting programme of weekly creative workshops including quilting, flower-arranging, silk printing, pewter making and sketching. Though places are limited and go quickly, check out the latest workshop details on their website. The gallery hosts a new solo art exhibition on the first weekend of every month, 2019 has an interesting line up.
In September, Jack-Victor Westerdale and Ivon Haywood will present the first-ever exhibition of their furniture. Prototypes from their furniture range will be available to buy from the Weaver Factory before they go on sale to the general public. The exhibition titled “Measure Twice, Cut Once” runs from 7th to 28th September.
The Gallery Down the Stairs is hidden away below Saddleworth Crafts Centre in Delph. They generally open at weekends (Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 1pm to 4pm), but its worthwhile checking in advance before visiting. They present the artwork of local artist Richard Clare, famous for his wonderful Saddleworth Daily Sketches series and have a collection of oil paintings by Joyce Parfitt. Pop in for a chat and a glass of wine or a coffee!
John McCombs Gallery on the high street in Delph presents a collection of works by local artist John McCombs. He focuses mainly on the Saddleworth landscape and has developed a comprehensive visual record of the area in and around the village of Delph. He also has a collection of beautiful figure paintings with many iconic Saddleworth characters captured such as the Saddleworth Morris Men and Brass band members. The gallery is open daily 9.30am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm (closed on Mondays).
The Holmfirth Artweek exhibition held in Holmfirth every year is one of the largest open art exhibitions in the UK. In 2019 the event will be held between the 7th and 13th of July.
The main exhibition is held in the Holmfirth Civic Hall but exhibitions are also held at over 40 Fringe venues across the Holme Valley, Colne Valley, and Saddleworth area.
ART GALLERY DIRECTORY
|Millyard Art Gallery|
97 High Street
10am - 5pm Tue - Sat
Closed Sunday and Monday
|The Weavers Factory
13 New Street
10am - 4pm, Thurs - Sun
Closed Mon - Wed
|Saddleworth Museum and Gallery|
1pm - 4pm everday
|The Gallery Down the Stairs|
Saddleworth Crafts (basement)
12 King Street
Usually open at weekends 10.30am - 4.30pm Saturday
1pm to 4pm Sunday
Call for exact opening hours.
|John McCombs Gallery|
12 King St,
09:30 - 17:00 Tue - Sat
11:00 - 4:00 Sun
|Chris Cyprus Gallery|
Warmco Industrial Estate
Open Saturdays 10-4pm
Mon-Friday by appointment only
13/15 Huddersfield Road,
10am - 5pm Mon - Sat