The University of Salford has been collecting artworks since the late 1960s.  The early collecting policies were quite broad – but mainly included post-war British painting, print-making, and later, photography. In particular, works with a connection to Salford or Greater Manchester were acquired – including examples by Northern school painters (Adolphe Valette, L.S. Lowry, Harold Riley) and Prints from the Manchester Print Workshop (Adrian Henri, Kip Gresham).

Over the years the collection has evolved – for example we have an extensive collection of works by expressionist painter Albert Adams and a number of works by the Young British Artists (YBAs).  

Since 2013, we have taken a more clearly defined and articulated approach which focuses on three areas of collecting: About the DigitalChinese Contemporary Art and From the North.  We are also building a body of work by our students and alumni through opportunities such as the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor Portraits and our Scholarship Programme.

The University of Salford Art Collection Museums Accreditation award was renewed by Arts Council England in 2016.


About the Digital

Artworks about or made using digital technologies.

Mishka Henner, Mishka Henner Cedar Point Oil Field, Harris County, Texas, 2013-14
Mishka Henner, Cedar Point Oil Field, Harris County, Texas, 2013-14. © Mishka Henner. Image courtesy of Carroll / Fletcher.

New Collection of Chinese Contemporary Art

Artworks by contemporary Chinese artists.

Cao Fei, Haze and Fog, 2013, (production still). Image courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space.

From the North

Artworks by artists from or based in the north of England.

Sarah Hardacre, Arms Open to Welcome the Sun, 2012. Image courtesty of the artist and Paul Stolper Gallery, London.


University of Salford Chancellor and Vice Chancellor portraits by our staff and students.

Jamie Wilson, Irene Khan (2014). Image courtesy of photographer. Photograph of side profile of a woman (Irene Khan) with plants in the background.
Jamie Wilson, Irene Khan, 2014.
Image courtesy of artist.


A collection including late pop, optical and abstract artworks.

Pat Flynn, Cheese Selection, 2015.
Image courtesy of artist and The International 3.

Albert Adams

Works by the South African expressionist painter.

Albert Adams, Wild Animal Drinking Water, 2013.
Image courtesy of Edward Glennon and the Art Fund.