Image: Albert Adams in his studio. Courtesy the artists' estate.
Spring Newsletter 2022
With the new year now well underway, exciting things are afoot at the University of Salford Art Collection, and we are busier than ever as we head into March.
We are full speed ahead in our preparations for the online symposium Albert Adams: In Context, with our speakers now announced. The online study half-day will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the little-known Albert Adams, and the context within which he made his work.
Alongside the symposium, we have been gearing up to release our brand-new digital catalogue. Behind the scenes, we have been digitizing many of the artworks in our collection, and we are looking forward to the 3rd of March when the new catalogue will go live. This new resource will hopefully make the work in our collection more accessible, useful and enjoyable for all. Look out for further features, uploads and updates throughout the Summer.
The year started off strong with our partner Open Eye Gallery’s LOOK Climate Lab 2022. McCoy Wynne’s project Are You Living Comfortably? brought with it some thought-provoking reflection into the roles of artists, scientists, and ourselves in the ongoing climate crisis; including a panel discussion that can now be rewatched now online. The LOOK lab continues in Liverpool and online throughout March, and we look forward to more inspiring conversation between artists and researchers with Rediscovering Urban Green Spaces; a talk convened by our own Alistair Small this Wednesday.
Activity around our collaborative exhibition, You Belong Here, also continues into spring. Our new programme of events launches on the 2nd of April, with a new display from Lowri Evans, tours of The Storm Cone, Tree Trails, and more to look forwards to in the coming months.
Preparations are also underway for Theirs, Yours, Ours; a group show at the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, featuring new commissions and acquisitions from a range of exciting University of Salford Alumni who explore queer and non-binary perspectives within their work.
Read more about all our upcoming events and activities below. We hope we have something in store for you to look forward to, and we look forward to seeing you, whether it be in person or online!
Symposium: Albert Adams: In Context, Online, 9th March, 1pm - 5pm.
We are delighted to announce the Albert Adams: In Context symposium will take place on the 9th of March 2022. Free tickets can now be booked for the half-day, online symposium in which a panel of internationally renowned curators, art historians and researchers shall discuss themes around the life and work of London-based South African expressionist artist Albert Adams (1929-2006).
Hosted by Dr. Alice Correia, the study day will touch on a range of topics from self-portraiture, post-war painting, expressionist printmaking, Black modernism, masculinity and sexuality, and the South African artistic community in London.
Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Elena Crippa (Tate Britain), Dr. Alice Correia (independent art historian), Christine Eyene (University of Central Lancashire), Dr. Greg Salter (University of Birmingham) and Prof. Allan Walker (University of Salford).
Plus – we will be releasing new poetry written in response to Adam’s work by Professor Jackie Kay CBE, former Chancellor and writer-in-residence at the University of Salford.
Albert Adams: In Context
From April 2022
The Albert Adams Room, University of Salford
Alongside the Albert Adams: In Context symposium, a new exhibition of Adam’s work, curated by Dr. Alice Correia, is on display in the Albert Adam’s room, at the Old Fire Station.
The exhibition is by appointment only, please contact us to arrange a visit from April onwards.
The University of Salford Art Collection holds a significant collection of Albert Adam’s prints, paintings, and studio objects both purchased and generously donated by Adam’s surviving partner Edward (Ted) Glennon in 2012, with support from the Art Fund. Further works from the collection will be exhibited both online and on campus from early April. More information coming soon!
Image: Adams, Albert, Celebration Head: Black and White, 2004. Image courtesy of ArtUK.
Talk: Rediscovering Urban Green Spaces
6pm, Wed 23rd February
Online, with Open Eye Gallery
Part of #LOOKClimateLab2022
Convened by our Digital Content and Engagement Officer, and part time urban gardener Alistair Small, the conversation will bring together Hilary Jack and Lizzie King – artists from the current You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford’s Green Spaces exhibition – with University of Salford professor and parks historian Carole O’Reilly.
Together the panel will discuss the radical history and future of our public green spaces - and what roles they could or should play in tackling the climate crisis.
The tour will be led by Marta Strzelecka from the University of Salford Environmental Sustainability Team, and Peel Park Ranger Jessica Britch. You can read more about the tree trail here.
More details and booking information coming soon. Please email us if you would like to reserve a space on the tour.
Now Online: Are You Living Comfortably? Creating a Culture of Energy Efficiency In Our Homes
As part of Are You Living Comfortably? during Open Eye Gallery’s energy focus for the LOOK Climate Lab 2022, an online panel discussion took place on the 28th of January, asking; how can artists, scientists, agencies and politicians come together to support individuals and communities living in Victorian housing stock to become more energy efficient?
Read more about Energy House and McCoy Wynne's #LOOKClimateLab2022 takeover here.
Image: McCoy Wynne, Are You Living Comfortably? 2021. Courtesy the Artist.
News from our friends & partners
Salford Pride & University of Salford Students Union:
LGBT+ Art Exhibition
Salford Pride are celebrating LGBT+ History Month with an exhibition of LGBT+ history and artwork at Swinton Gateway in collaboration with the University of Salford Student’s Union and Salford City Council.
In preparation for the launch of a new artist-led space, Short Supply will be hosting conversations across artists and industry professionals, providing some nibbles and chatting about what our dream affordable artist studios could look like.
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.