Art for One, Art for All

by Oldham Ragartmuffins

Art for One, Art for All


Oldham District Amalgamated Trades Council banner collection of Gallery Oldham


Art for one art for all, access to the arts should be inclusive not elitist. The benefit of involvement with the arts is an important factor in wellbeing.


  • The colour blue colour is associated with Oldham and blue also represents loyalty.
  • The owl is the town's symbol.
  • The artist's palette, brush, pencil and camera represent popular art forms.
  • The small illustrations represent Oldham past and present.
  • The reflection in the camera lens is a tribute to two of the original members of the Ragartmuffins. It is taken from one of our workshops exploring photography and memory.
  • The embellishments (the swirling bits) are stylised acanthus leaves, which in Greek and Roman mythology represent Art and an enduring life.


Concept Ian Beesley

Design Martyn Hall

Inset illustrations Tony Husband

Poem Ian McMillan

Owl drawing Eleanor Tomlinson

Printed by Bigartand banners


16th August 2019 at Gallery Oldham.

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Art for One, Art for All