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By Steve Cooke

This is what the menopause looks like

Artist Catrin Osborne has travelled the UK meeting menopausal women and recorded their positive and negative experiences of the menopause. This touring photographic exhibition celebrates women going through post and perimenopause and gives them a voice. As women we will all go through the menopause, but like many other experiences women in our culture go through, it is still hidden, secretive and shameful.

Join the launch event on Saturday 6 August 1-3pm with poetry from local Burnley spoken word artist Ruth Mackie.

Also join a free writing workshop on Saturday 13 August 1-3pm with local artist Liz Mytton.

Liz Collins: Mischief

This autumn, all four of the gallery spaces will be taken over by Mischief, an exhibition featuring new textile art and selected pieces from the archives of New York-based queer feminist artist and designer Liz Collins and curated by Julia Bryan-Wilson.

Zagreb Mountains

Showcasing the breadth of Collins’ work and continuing threads throughout her career to date, the exhibition will also showcase the ties to industrial making methods, from traditional and low-tech to modern hi-tech approaches, with implicit links to Rochdale’s own historic textile industry.

Alongside Collins’ work, Mischief will give space to the lives and experiences of queer people in Rochdale and other former mill towns in the North of England.

Queer People, Places and Things will exhibit work from significant LGBTQ+ collections, including works from the Juan Yarur Torres Collection – Fundacion AMA in Chile, as well as items curated from the Rochdale Borough collections by a group of Rochdale locals and presented through a queer lens. Through working with local, regional and national LGBTQ+ groups, Mischief will tie together Collins’ large scale textile artworks with the often unheard and uncelebrated stories of queer history to be found in our own community.

Funded by Arts Council England, Granada Foundation and made possible with support from Fundacion AMA in Chile.

1 October 2022 – 8 January 2023 in Gallery 1, 2, 3 & 4

Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ

Free Admission

Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Slice Cafe

Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Sunday: Closed

Phone: Touchstones Rochdale: 01706 924492

Housed in a historic Grade II listed building there are plenty of reasons to visit. the 5 stunning temporary galleries showing a regularly changing programme of exhibitions.

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