• a
  • a
  • a

FRAG organise monthly talks by invited speakers about art and craft and annual trips to visit other regional art collections.

Dates and details as follows:

Meetings at Touchstones Rochdale:

  • Tea & Coffee & Biscuits served from 12.15pm-12.45pm in the Studio
  • Guest Speaker from 12.45pm-1.45pm
  • Cost: Members £3, Non-members £4
  • No booking required - pay on the day.

You and your friends are invited to the following meetings held at Touchstones Arts & Heritage Centre


Tuesday, 11th February 2020
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will have reviews of the year past and the opportunity to nominate / re-elect candidates for positions on the committee.


Tuesday, 10th March 2020
“Lisa Waddington, Marketing Manager for Link4Life”
Lisa will give a presentation about the exciting rebrand of Link4Life and all its sites, including Touchstones, Rochdale.


Tuesday, 14th April 2020
“Helen Cammock: Concrete Feathers and Porcelain Tacks”
Artist Helen Cammock was joint winner of the 2019 Turner Prize. Along with the Contemporary Art Society and Film and Video Umbrella we have commissioned Cammock to make a new piece of film inspired by the fine art collection and in collaboration with a group of Rochdale residents. The film will be exhibited at both The Photographers Gallery in London (in July 2020) and Touchstones (in October 2020) and then become a part of the collection. Heather will talk more about this commission and also her work more generally.


Tuesday, 12th May 2020
Train Trip to Chester
We will visit the Grosvenor Museum, where there are collections of paintings and Chester silver, nine period rooms and Roman galleries. If time permits, we will also visit Chester Cathedral.


Join the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery

The Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery have been essential to our continued growth and development as an important regional art gallery. Through their generous donations over the years we have been able to conserve and acquire countless key works of art for the collection including Interior (The Open Window) by artist Vanessa Bell and purchased in 1982.

Annual membership is only £10 and in addition to knowing you are supporting your local art gallery, you also get discounted rates on the annual programme of talks and trips organised by the Friends and invitations to private views for all exhibitions.
Registered Charity Number 517566

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), ring 01706 924928 and pay over the phone, or come along to one of the talks organised by the Friends and pay in person.

Further information

To discuss any aspect of membership please contact Jenny Buckley (Chair, FRAG) on 01706 358686 or Mark Doyle (Art Gallery Curator & Collections Manager, Touchstones Rochdale) on 01706 924555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Vanessa Bell, Interior (The Open Window). © 1961 estate of Vanessa Bell. Courtesy Henrietta Garnett.
Photo: Rochdale Arts & Heritage Service.