The University of Salford has been collecting artworks since the early 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 Digital, Chinese 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.
Artworks about or made using digital technologies.
Artworks by contemporary Chinese artists.
Artworks by artists from or based in the north of England.
University of Salford Chancellor and Vice Chancellor portraits by our staff and students.
A collection including late pop, optical and abstract artworks.
Works by the South African expressionist painter.