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!  


Rowan Pritchard
Graduate Associate  

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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. 

Book your tickets now via Eventbrite to secure your space. The event is free and open to all students, staff, colleagues, researchers and public.

Read more about the symposium here.

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!

Read more about the Albert Adams Special Collection here.

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.

Book your free ticket here.

Image: Lizzie King, Close up of ‘Rooted-Bench 1’ (2021), Giclée print.
Art Collection: Online Catalogue Launch
From 3rd March 2022

As part of our ongoing programme of digitization, our brand-new online catalogue will be launched soon, making the work in our collection available to all online.

The catalogue will continue to grow over the coming months with more content being added. March will see a focus on the work of Albert Adam’s alongside the Albert Adam: In Context events.

Image: Digital Catalogue preview.
Exhibition Coming Soon: Theirs, Yours, Ours
April 2022
New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, Salford

A group show of Salford Alumni artists who explore queer and non-binary identities and perspectives in their work will be on display in the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery from early April.  

More details about the exhibition coming soon. 

Image: SHARP, Image from 'Dancing With Elvis' (1999-2021), print.
Coming Soon:
Rediscovering Salford - Spring Programme

Launches Sat 2nd April
Salford Museum & Art Gallery

We are delighted to launch our Spring programme for Rediscovering Salford from Saturday 2nd April.

Join artist Laura Daly in Peel Park for a tour of augmented reality artwork The Storm Cone taking place at 12pm and 2pm followed by refreshments in the cafe.

Plus - visit Lowri Evan's new exhibition Leaving, produced following her public workshops in Autumn 2021. And if you haven't visited yet - make sure to pop by the exhibition You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford's Green Spaces - which features new artist commissions alongside historic works.

Further talks, tours and activities will be announced very soon.

Keep an eye on the You Belong Here and Salford Museum websites for updates, or email us to reserve an early place on The Storm Cone tours!

Image: Courtesy Joseph Lee.
Go Green Salford: Tree Trail Tour and Exhibition
1- 2:30 pm, Thurs 24th March
Peel Park and Salford Museum & Art Gallery

As part of Go Green Salford, we are excited to invite you to join the Peel Park tree trail tour, ending at the You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford's Green Spaces exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

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?

With McCoy Wynne's residency at Energy House as the catalyst for the conversation, you can now watch the panel on our website.

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.

6-9 pm, Fri 25 February
Swinton Gateway
M27 6BP

Read more about the exhibition and book your free tickets here.

Image: Courtesy Salford Pride.
Open Eye Gallery:
#LOOKClimateLab2022 continues and open call

As Open Eye Gallery's Look Climate Lab continues, alongside ongoing events and exhibitions, they invite the public to help us create a history of the Liverpool City Region through its trees.

Read more about the project and how to submit your tree memories here.

Short Supply:
Slap-Dash Network Day

10am - 4pm, Sat 5th March
St. Helens

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.

More detals and information coming soon, see Short Supply's channels for updates.

Image: Courtesy Short Supply.
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.

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