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IT’S been another busy week here at Gallery Old­ham – amongst the high­lights have been choos­ing new images for the ban­ner at the end of the build­ing; con­tin­u­ing to work on the de­signs for the new Her­itage and Arts Cen­tre; tak­ing the Big Big Cam­era out on tour; and, of course, wel­com­ing all our fam­ily vis­i­tors to half-term ac­tiv­i­ties.

Our next event for fam­i­lies will be Su­per Satur­day on Satur­day with free artist led ac­tiv­i­ties from 1-3pm.

There’s no need to book, just drop-in.

It’s the same day that the won­der­ful Rein­deer Pa­rade re­turns to Old­ham Town Cen­tre so why not make a day of it?

Our col­leagues in the Arts Devel­op­ment team have been work­ing with com­mu­nity groups and the town cen­tre team over the last few weeks to bring this car­ni­val spec­ta­cle to life and the of­fices are cur­rently fill­ing up with cos­tumes and props ready for the big day.

It’s the 20th an­niver­sary of the event and this year’s theme is ‘Christ­mas Day’ so ex­pect danc­ing sprouts, a gi­ant Christ­mas pud­ding and brass bands.

The pa­rade starts at Par­lia­ment Square at 1pm with live mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment un­til 4pm.

Check the Visit Old­ham web­site for more de­tails www.vis­i­told­

Learn­ing is a ma­jor part of our pro­gramme at the Gallery and we have some new ses­sions de­signed for home ed­u­cated young peo­ple or those in al­ter­na­tive ed­u­ca­tion, in ad­di­tion to our reg­u­lar schools and col­lege pro­grammes.

“Cre­ative Spa­ces’ is a monthly hands-on work­shop for young peo­ple age 11-18 years who have an in­ter­est in arts and craft, help­ing to de­velop skills as young artists with the op­por­tu­nity to achieve a Dis­cover Arts Award.

The first ses­sion will take place on Tues­day, Novem­ber 7 from 1-2.30pm.

Cost is £3.50 per per­son and in­cludes ma­te­ri­al­sall de­tails of how to book are on our web­site.

For adults we have two events com­ing up – the first at Lo­cal Stud­ies and Archives, 84, Union St on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4 in­vites us to re­mem­ber The Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele.

Be­tween 10.30-4pm there will be the op­por­tu­nity to view archives, pho­to­graphs and bi­ogra­phies of lo­cal peo­ple in­volved in the con­flict- please con­tact archives@old­ for fur­ther de­tails.

And last but cer­tainly not least we have the next in our se­ries of monthly gallery talks as we in­vite you to learn more about the Nat­u­ral His­tory in our Old­ham Sto­ries dis­play on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 8 at 2pm.

The Rein­deer Pa­rade

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