Our Collection includes over 600 works of modern and contemporary art, and exists for the benefit of students, staff and public. As the University does not have a permanent gallery space, we are able to think differently about what it means to develop a museum collection in the 21st century. The Art Collection is therefore distributed across key locations around the University and is available for loan to other institutions both in the UK and internationally.
The University Art Collection’s aim is to encourage engagement with the arts and to support excellence in teaching, research and community engagement and to play a leadership role in contributing to culture in the North West of England. We actively contribute to the University Vision ‘by pioneering exceptional industry partnerships we will lead the way in real world experiences preparing students for life’. We believe it is important to support the work of living artists at all stages of their careers – from a student through to an internationally established artist. We also aim to develop a distinctive collection, which includes work not collected in a significant way elsewhere. We have an innovative and unique acquisitions policy, commissioning and working in collaboration with local, regional and international partners focused on three main areas: About the Digital, Chinese Contemporary Art, and From the North.
The University of Salford Art Collection Museums Accreditation award was renewed by Arts Council England in 2016.