Painting of tower blocks.

Mandy Payne, In Limbo (2017). Spray paint, oil paint, tape, archival matt varnish on concrete. © Mandy Payne.

Acquired: a century of collecting

How do public art collections evolve and how and why are works acquired?

Charting a 100-year history of collecting this exhibition explores artworks from Salford Museum and Art Gallery and the University of Salford collections.

Paintings, ceramics, sculpture, print and digital works from the two collections are displayed together, some for the first time in public.  The exhibition aims to tell the story of how the collections in Salford have been developed over the last century and in turn considers how public collections can, and do, support artists.

From artists including Jacob Epstein and Paula Fischer, to Shezad Dawood and Yang Yongliang, the two collections are united to illustrate the acquisitions through the decades to the present day.

The exhibition includes recent additions to the University of Salford Art Collection; Mountain of Crowds by Yang Yongliang, purchased with support from Art Fund, and in association with Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), and Bhangra Muffins by Shezad Dawood, donated from the Thomas Frangenberg Estate (London) through the Contemporary Art Society.

Exhibition dates: Saturday 3 November 2018 –  Sunday 9 June 2019
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:30pm  and Saturday and Sunday 11:30 am – 4pm
Venue: Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford


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