Between 2018 and 2020, arts organisation Arc worked in partnership with Gallery Oldham on a community project to celebrate what makes Oldham special, with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
We asked people to write a love letter directly to the heart of the town, to write about what Oldham means to them. We popped up at many large-scale public events in the town, including the ‘Illuminate’ and ‘Accelerate’ Festivals, installed ourselves at Gallery Oldham, and worked with local groups Chai Women, Home-Start Family Support, Springboard Dementia Carers, Inspire Women Oldham, Maggie’s Cancer Care Oldham, members of The Writers’ Cafe at Lees Library and Local Studies Volunteers.
Arc then took elements of as many of the letters as they could and created one massive expression of love, affection, frustration and wonder. What truly passionate and articulate letter-writers the people of Oldham are…
The Love Letter has been presented to the town in the new ‘Oldham Stories’ exhibition at Gallery Oldham.