Still: Nicola Dale and Florence Lam, I become a question for you, 2022. Developed in partnership with Per.Platform for Peer to Peer:UK/HK 2022

Autumn 2022

September sees the return of students to campus, we look forward to everything the autumn has to bring.

The end of September sees our current New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery exhibition: Theirs, Yours, Ours: queer and non-binary perspectives on identity draws to a close. It’s been brilliant to see everyone’s responses to the exhibition. If you’ve not had the chance to pop in and see it yet, there is a final opportunity to attend one last curator’s tour on the 13th of September. The exhibition gallery is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm to staff, students and the public, with admission always free.

The closing of one exhibition brings the opening of another! October will see two new displays in the New Adelphi building, as we take over the exhibition gallery and atrium for the second wave of LOOK Photo Biennial 2022: Climate in collaboration with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. Read all about Are You Living Comfortably? And Mimesis: A Beat Before the Rapture below.

Rachel Goodyear’s exhibition Stirrings continues throughout the autumn and over winter at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Whether you’ve seen Stirrings already and want to find out more about the tantalising work on display, or you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to pop in – we have two exciting events coming up on the 24th of September and 27th of October.

In addition to welcoming new and returning students to campus this September, we’re also delighted to be welcoming the new cohort of Graduate Scholars, with the six scholarship recipients now announced. As always it was incredibly difficult selecting just six, with the quality of applications set particularly high. We can’t wait to see what this year’s programme brings.

And in other exciting news, we're pleased to announce the return of Peer to Peer:UK/HK online festival for 2022. Led by University of Salford Art Collection and Open Eye Gallery, this project encourages meaningful cultural exchange and enduring partnerships between the UK and Hong Kong's visual arts section. 

All of this and more, including articles, podcasts, and video recordings now online and ready ‘on-demand’, so you can get your 'art fix' where ever you are. Plus, there are some extra exciting opportunities and news from our friends and partners including We Invented the Weekend taking place this weekend at MediaCity, with a jam-packed programme of events including everything from workshops to waterfront markets, bingo to the BBC philharmonic.

We hope you’re looking forwards to this new season of change and growth as much as we at the Collection are, and we hope to welcome you soon to one of our events.

Rowan Pritchard
Art Collection Team

Exhibitions & Events

Exhibition: Stirrings - Rachel Goodyear
Until 26th February 2023
Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Internationally recognised north-west based artist Rachel Goodyear's first Salford solo show is now open at
Salford Museum & Art Gallery, running until spring of next year. Stirrings is co-commissioned by Grundy Art Gallery and the University of Salford Art Collection and includes new large-scale drawings and a new animation, alongside a selection of existing drawings. While the animation shows Goodyear experimenting with structure and sound, the new works on paper see the artist working at a scale larger than ever before.

The launch of the exhibition saw Mayor Paul Dennett applaud Goodyear's commitment to Salford and the North West, with curator Lindsay Taylor commenting that Stirrings; "is a kind of homecoming for Rachel. Her work has rightly been recognised nationally and internationally and this is a long overdue solo show in the city she has been committed to for over 20 years."

To find out more about the exhibition and co-commisioning process,
click here.

Click here, to plan your visit to the exhibition at Salford Museum & Art Gallery.

Image: Installation View Stirrings – Rachel Goodyear, 2022. Courtesy Salford Museum & Art Gallery.

Event: Rachel Goodyear: Stirrings – Artist Tour
2pm, Sat 24th September
Salford Museum & Art Gallery

Join the curators and artist Rachel Goodyear for an informal tour of her exhibition Stirrings at Salford Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday 24 September at 2pm.

Refreshments provided at the end of the tour with an opportunity to chat to Rachel and the curators.

To reserve your free place, click here.

Image: Rachel Goodyear installing Stirrings.
Event: Rachel Goodyear in conversation with Dr. Catriona McAra
5.30 - 7pm, Thurs 27th October
New Adelphi Studio Theatre

University of Salford Art Collection is delighted to host an in conversation event between artist Rachel Goodyear and writer and curator Dr Catriona McAra, chaired by Assistant Curator Stephanie Fletcher.

Having written a short essay to accompany the presentation of Stirrings at the Grundy Art Gallery in Spring, Catriona will dive deeper into Rachel’s new work, discussing themes of feminism, surrealism and the human-animal psyche. 

To reserve your free place, click here.

Image: Rachel Goodyear, Spectre (Hyena), 2021, pencil on paper. Courtesy Michael Pollard.

Exhibition Coming Soon: Energy House: Are You Living Comfortably? - McCoy Wynne
10th October - 23rd December 2022
New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery

Launching as part of the second wave of LOOK Photo Biennial 2022: Climate exhibitions in collaboration with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Are You Living Comfortably? by McCoy Wynne is coming soon to the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery.

Read more about McCoy Wynne's residency at our Energy House Lab and the work presented at Open Eye Gallery back in Spring


Click here to read more about the upcoming exhibition opening October 10th at the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery. 

Image: Installation View Are You Living Comfortably? McCoy Wynne at Open Eye Gallery, Spring 2022. Courtesy McCoy Wynne.
Exhibition Coming Soon: Mimesis: A Beat Before the Rapture - Megan Powell
19th October - 16th November 2022
New Adelphi Atrium

Alongside the second wave of the LOOK Photo Biennial 2022: Climate, artist, photographer and film-maker, and lecturer in our School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology Megan Powell presents new work in progress that extends upon her ongoing visual research into bees and the mutuality of the hive.

Mimesis: A Beat Before the Rapture is coming soon to the New Adelphi Atrium, supported by Open Eye Gallery. To read more about Megan's work, click here.

Image: Megan Powell Untitled 1 – Electron Microscopy of mould on a honeybees body. Courtesy the Artist.
Last Chance: Theirs, Yours, Ours: Queer and Non-binary Perspectives on Identity
Untill 30th September
New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery

Ending soon! Don't miss alumni Mollie Balshaw, Heather Glazzard, Sade Mica and SHARP exploring identity through a queer and non-binary lens. Featuring print, photography, painting and sculpture based works. Read more here.

Open to staff, students and public, 10am - 4pm weekdays (except bank holidays).

Image: Installation View Theirs, Yours, Ours - New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery. Courtesy Gwen Riley Jones.


Announcing: Our six new 2022/23 Graduate Scholars

Back for it's ninth year, the University of Salford Art Collection with strategic partners Castlefield Gallery are pleased to announce the names of the 2022/3 cohort of Graduate Scholars. They are:

Suraj Adekola (MA Fine Art)
Aidan Doyle (BA Photography)  
Joe Fowler (BA Creative Music Technology)
Alfie Lane (BA Fine Art)
Jacob Longcake (BA Fine Art)
Laura Socas (BA Fine Art)

Read the full announcement and see images of the work from each of the scholarship recipients here.

Image: Laura Socas, Shell Compact Mirror, 2022, sculpture. Courtesy the Artist.
Announcing: Peer to Peer:UK/HK 2022
26th September – 9th October 2022

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 builds on the success of the pilot festival in 2020.  Working within a distributed leadership framework, 9 UK visual arts organisations have developed partnerships with 9 Hong Kong organisations, to create unique projects that encourage exchange between more than 43 artists, and over 160 students, in and from each place. This culminates publicly in an online festival from 26th September until 9th October 2022, curated and shaped by and with the partners.

For this year's iteration, the Art Collection has partnered with two organisations in Hong Kong; Per.Platform and 1a Space, supporting the development of two new works, Nicola Dale (UK) and Florence Lam's (HK), I become a question for you, 2022 with Per.Platform. And C&G (UK) and Mark Chung's (HK), Back/Forth, 2022 with 1a Space.

Join us online for the public festival later this month to see the finished artworks, and those from all the UK/HK partnerships. Visit the Peer to Peer website, here.

Peer to Peer: UK/HK 2022 has been developed by Sarah Fisher, Open Eye Gallery and Lindsay Taylor, University of Salford Art Collection, with contributions from Ying Kwok, independent curator, Hong Kong.

Now Online

Article: From South Africa to the Slade: repositioning Albert Adams by Greg Thorpe

Following on from the Albert Adams: In Context symposium back in March, writer, curator and creative producer Greg Thorpe has written a new text for Art UK, drawing and expanding on the discussions from the symposium and exploring the work and legacy of Albert Adams today.

Click here to read the article on Art UK.

Want to know more about the Albert Adams special collection and Albert Adams: In Context project? Click here to visit the online resource room.

Image: Albert Adams in his studio. Courtesy the Artists' Estate.
Watch Now - You Belong Here: Artist Talks Online

Alongside the You Belong Here exhibition, part of the wider Rediscovering Salford project, a series of artist talks with those commissioned for the exhibition took place.

The series explores how  different  artists, including Hilary Jack, Anna Ridler, and Cheddar Gorgeous responded to the theme of Salford’s green spaces, the challenges and rewards of working through lockdowns, and the works which resulted, and how they relate to the different artist’s wider practices.

Three of these talks are now available to watch online through the You Belong Here website, here.

Image: Still from 'Hilary Jack, in conversation with Lindsay Taylor', 2021.
Listen now - Chewing the Fat with Assistant Curator Stephanie Fletcher

Chewing The Fat is a series of discussions curated by James Mathews-Hiskett unpacking diverse curatorial perspectives from across the North-West.

In episode three, Assistant Curator Stephanie Fletcher joins James Matthew-Hiskett and Blackpool based artist and curator Garth Gratrix, discussing the landscape of curating in the North-West and alternative modes of approaching curating post-pandemic.

Listen to the episode here.

Chewing the Fat is supported by Castlefield Gallery and commissioned for A Modest Show; the official collateral event for British Art Show 9 in Manchester.

For Staff & Students

Welcome Week 2022!

For Welcome Week this year, we invite staff and students to join us on campus for final tours of our current exhibition in the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, and to join our Socially Engaged Photographer in Residence Gwen Riley Jones for wellbeing photo walks!

See the full list of events taking place on campus during Welcome Week here.
Wellbeing Photo Walks with Gwen Riley Jones
12.15 - 1.15pm, Tues 13th & Thurs 15th September
Starting at the Living Lab outside the Cockroft Building

Join Gwen Riley Jones to explore the Peel Park campus in a new way. Responding to images and prompts from Salford Youth Council, you're invited to step outside, think differently about the surroundings, and take a few pictures too!

Want to know more? Tune into our Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook this week as Gwen is doing a #SocialMediaTakeover talking all about her work with the youth council over the past few months.

And as always you can keep up to date with the latest from Gwen here, on our blog.

Image: Courtesy Gwen Riley Jones.
Curator Tour: Theirs Yours Ours: Queer and non-binary perspectives on identity
2 - 2.30 pm, Tues 13th September
New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery

Join us for an informal tour of the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, with current show Theirs, Yours, Ours: Queer and non-binary perspectives on identity. The exhibition features alumni artists, with work in the University's permanent art collection: Mollie Balshaw, Heather Glazzard, Sade Mica and SHARP.

For more information on finding the gallery, accessibility arrangements and the current exhibition, click here.

Don't miss this final curator tour before the exhibition closes on September 30th!

Image: Courtesy Gwen Riley Jones.


News from our friends & partners

Free Event: We Invented The Weekend
10th September - 11th September 2022
MediaCity and Salford Quays

We Invented the Weekend is a bold and imaginative free festival for the North, from Salford, taking place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2022.

The brand-new two-day event will throw open MediaCity and Salford Quays’ spaces and places, to celebrate the joy of free time, taking in sports, music, comedy, theatre, dance, workshops, talks, food, charity, wellness, crafts and more.

For more information and the full programme, click here.
Opportunity: Warrington Contemporary Open Exhibition

The Warrington Contemporary Open Exhibition returns to Warrington Museum & Art Gallery for 2022, following a break in 2021.

Open to any professional artist or collective within a 60 mile radius of Warrington, the Open Exhibition celebrates the talents of contemporary artists within the area, with the first prize including a solo show at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery in 2023 with full support!

Deadline: Midday, Fri, 16th September. Apply now.
Exhibition: Short Supply: MADE IT 2022 at Rogue Artist Studios
23rd September - 23rd October 2022
Rogue Artists’ Studios

MADE IT is a selected showcase of North West graduates from the class of 2021/2022 taking place at Rogue Artists’ Studios. This year exhibiting artist's include newly announced 2022/23 graduate scholar Laura Socas, and 2021/22 graduate scholar Jeffrey Knopf, alongside many other talented graduates.

Preview: 6pm–9pm, Thurs 22nd September.

For more information, click here.
Seo Hye Lee included in Selected 12!

Selected 12 is a new collection of eight artists’ films touring the UK in 2022, taking place at some of the UK’s leading venues for showcasing artists’ film and video.

Co-commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection for the Vital Capacities online residency programme, Seo Hye Lee's [sound of subtitles] is touring the UK as part of Selected; bringing together some of the best work from early career film and video artists from the UK in a vibrant programme of recent artists’ moving image. Screenings will be followed by an in conversation with artists.

Click here, to learn more about Selected, and find your nearest screening.
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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