Join the party! on Thursday 16th June we invite you to join us to celebrate and bring to a close the two-year long Rediscovering Salford project - a city-wide exploration of our parks, green spaces and natural heritage. With a range of artists, students, colleagues, partners and communities, we spent much of the pandemic working remotely - or in limited socially distanced ways - to produce exhibitions, workshops, talks, events, performances and more that all take Salford's green spaces as inspiration. And on the 16th we finally all get together in person across the University campus, Peel Park, and Salford Museum & Art Gallery, with an afternoon and evening full of activity!
From green woodworking and seed-planting, to drop-in workshops and artist tours, and onto film, live music, dance, performance, theatre and drag art - all accompanied by street food and drinks - there is something for everyone. Feel free to bring friends, family and colleagues - view the full programme and book free tickets here.
Continuing our commitment to green issues, our artist-in-residence Gwen Riley-Jones has launched a new display at RHS Garden Bridgewater, with the Action for Conservation youth group. Planting for the Planet shares photo, video and print-based works demonstrating the essential relationship between plants, people and planet. Visit until 27 Aug -full details on the RHS website.
We are also excited to announce our LOOK Festival hub at New Adelphi building in October 2022, in partnership with Open Eye Gallery. This year's festival focuses on the climate crisis - and we will be showcasing work by photography lecturer Megan Powell exploring the importance of bees in ecology; and by partnership McCoy Wynne in response to the University's Energy House facility. More information coming soon!
Alongside this year's green themes we continue a vibrant exhibition programme - in particular supporting artists from, living or working in the North West. Co-commissioned solo show Stirrings by Rachel Goodyear continues at Grundy Art Gallery until 11th June then tours to Salford Museum & Art Gallery from 15th July; and don't miss group show Theirs, Yours, Ours - Queer and Non-binary perspectives on identity at the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery until end September 2022!
We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Art Collection Team
Exhibitions & Events
Join the Party - Salford Rediscovered
16th June, 4pm - 10pm
Crescent Lawn, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park & Peel Park Campus
We are delighted to invite you to Salford Rediscovered, a celebratory closing party to mark the end of the Rediscovering Salford.
From 2020 – 2022, Rediscovering Salford animated the city with new commissions, exhibitions, workshops and events. As it comes to a close, we will gather to share and celebrate with a bang across Salford Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Salford campus, and Peel Park. The event will include visual art, music, films, tours, performances and more. From an exclusive appearance of ‘Madam Mort’ as created by drag artist Cheddar Gorgeous, to mouth-watering street food from GRUB, and to family-friendly workshops, this is a party for anyone and everyone.
Exhibition: Planting For The Planet - Action for Conservation with Gwen Riley Jones
28th May - 27th August
Potting Sheds, RHS Garden Bridgewater
Socially Engaged Photographer-in-Residence Gwen Riley Jones has teamed up with RHS Communities and youth environmental charity Action for Conservation to create new exhibition: Planting For The Planet.
Considering the use of art and visual culture in raising awareness of the climate emergency, the group have created a range of new artworks - including experimental 'anthotype' prints - created using juice extracted from spinach leaves.
The show also includes an artwork chosen from the University Art Collection by the participants: Homage to the Rain by Antony Barkworth-Knight.
Exhibition: Albert Adams: Fantastic Imagination
Clifford Whitworth Library, University of Salford
Following on from our thought-provoking Albert Adams: In Context symposium back in March, postgraduate student and Curatorial Project Assistant Yanxi Wu has curated a new display of Albert Adams’ work in the Clifford Whitworth Library on campus.
Find works in the ground floor display case and study area throughout the Summer!
Image: Albert Adams, Self Portrait, 1958, painting. Image courtesy the artist estate.
You Belong Here: Audio Described Tour
2-3pm , Sun 12th June
Free, Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Join Anne Hornsby of the award-winning audio description agency Mind’s Eye to find out more about the exhibition and explore contemporary, modern and historic artworks and archive objects inspired by local green spaces.
There will be the opportunity to handle some items linked to the artwork on display. This tour is intended for those who are blind or sight-impaired.
Don't forget: Exhibition You Belong Here closes on 19th June!
Image: You Belong Here, installation view: Rourke Heiss Photography
Watch Now - Albert Adams: In Context
In addition to the new display of Albert Adams’ work in the library, recordings from the Albert Adams: In Context symposium on the 9th of March are now available online.
The half-day symposium saw internationally renowned curators, art historians and academics delve into the life, works, contexts and themes of Albert Adams.
Whether you missed the day live, or want to revisit the fascinating presentations and discussions, the full half-day can now be viewed as part of our Albert Adams: In Context resource room, click here to visit.
Image: Albert Adams in his studio. Courtesy the artist estate.
Exhibition: Stirrings by Rachel Goodyear
Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool until 11th June
The first major solo exhibition by Rachel Goodyear in a North-West museum and art gallery - co-commissioned by the University of Salford Art Collection. Stirrings includes new large-scale drawings and animation as well as sketches from the studio.
Stirrings will then tour to Salford Museum & Art Gallery from 15th July 2022!
Image: courtesy Grundy Art Gallery
The Storm Cone
Peel Park, Salford
Have you experienced The Storm Cone yet? The augmented reality app is free to download and experience in Peel Park, Salford.
Created by artist Laura Daly, with music by Lucy Pankhurst, and with over 100 collaborators from the University and beyond - the immersive artwork unearths lost bandstands and their buried past.
Theirs, Yours, Ours
New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery
Until 30 Sept 2022
Alumni Mollie Balshaw, Heather Glazzard, Sade Mica and SHARP all explore identity through a queer and non-binary lens in this new exhibition. Featuring print, photo, painting and sculpture based works. Read more here.
Open to staff, students and public, 10am - 4pm weekdays (except bank holidays).
School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology
New Adelphi Building, Salford
Degree Show 2022
See the latest works in a variety of media from our creative graduates - now extended to 23rd June. Free guided tours available on 16th June at 7.30pm and 8.00pm as part of Salford Rediscovered.
In The Studio:
Graduate Scholar Jeffrey Knopf
Last month, we caught up with 2021/22 graduate scholar Jeffrey Knopf in his studio at Paradise Works for our regular ‘In the Studio’ feature. Knopf discusses his time as a graduate scholar, how his work has progressed over the last year, and his next steps as his time on the Graduate Scholarship Programme comes to a close.
Read the full blog and find out more about Knopf’s work, here.
Image: Jeffrey Knopf in the studio, photography by Helen Mary.
Short Supply MADE IT! 2022
Short Supply are officially back with their annual graduate art prize MADE IT! This year, MADE IT! is made up of two separate exhibitions; the first at HOME where the exhibition is now on display in the Granada Foundation Galleries and through a billboard takeover across Manchester city centre in collaboration with Jack Arts Agency and Buildhollywood. until the 24th of July.
Read more about Short Supply and MADE IT! at HOME, here.
There is still time to be part of MADE IT! 2022 with the open call for the second MADE IT! exhibition at Rogue Artists’ Studios accepting submissions until the 27th of June. Graduates from the class of 2021/2022 are invited to submit work for the 2022 selectors Mariama Attah (Curator, Open Eye Gallery), Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad (The White Pube).
Exhibition: Sadé Mica in Intersections at Paradise Works
28th May - 2nd July
Paradise Works, Salford
2018/19 Graduate Scholar Sadé Mica has work featured in Intersections curated by Will Marshall, on display at Paradise Works.
Intersections features artists who, in their own way, all make work relating to their sense of self, reflecting on their own identity. Open Saturdays, 12-4 pm or by appointment.
News from our friends & partners
Free Outdoor Event: Way Above The Houses at Media City UK
Taking place on Saturday 11th June, Way Above the Houses is a spectacular celebration of Salford, featuring breathtaking aerial performance and original music interwoven with stories shared by our local community. The two performances on Saturday 11th June at 5.30pm and 9pm, will allow audiences to watch this illuminating and spectacular show in daylight and darkness.
Commissioned by Quays Culture and in partnership with Cirque Bijou, Way Above the Houses is a unique arts project, inspired by the people of Salford.
For more information and to sign up for free, click here.
All dates and details are accurate at time of publication but may be altered in line with the latest Covid guidelines. Please check our website for the latest details, and follow the latest safety guidance at each venue when visiting any in-person events.