Since 2013 we have developed a growing number of strong partnerships with arts organisations across Greater Manchester and beyond. These include:

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Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, Manchester. Co-commissioned Liam Young’s Where the City Can’t See with AND and St. Helen’s Heart of Glass.

ArtWork Atelier Salford. ArtWork Atelier is run by artist Jai Redman and musician Ian Brownbill who collectively are known as Engine. Our partnership includes the Graduate Scholarship Programme and the Engels’ Beard commission.

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Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. The Art Collection run the Graduate Scholarship Programme and co-commissioned the exhibition by Ruth Barker and Hannah Leighton-Boyce with Castlefield Gallery.

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Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester. This partnership is multi-faceted and includes numerous commissions and acquisitions, shared events programme, student live briefs, shared research trips, co-curated exhibitions such as Harmonious Society (Asia Triennial Manchester 2014/ATM14), and the evolving Asia Research Network for Arts and Media (ARNAM) partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester University.


FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool.  This includes a co-commission with Ryoichi Kurokawa in 2016.

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HOME, Manchester. University of Salford is a founding partner of HOME. The Art Collection team co-commissioned work by Declan Clarke as part of the inaugural exhibition in 2015, including a special screening and artist talk. Recently we co-commission It’s What’s Inside That Counts (2016) by Rachel Maclean and an edition of this work will enter our Art Collection. Further co-commissions are ongoing.

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Hot Bed Press, Salford.  Hot Bed Press are partners in the Graduate Scholarship Programme.

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The International 3Salford. We work closely on co-commissions including Brass Art and Louise Giovanelli. The International 3 also support the Graduate Scholarship Programme.



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Islington Mill, Salford.  The  University partners with Islington Mill in many ways. The Art Collection Team have supported Islington Mill’s capital project and the Mill is a partner in the Graduate Scholarship Programme.

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The Lowry, Salford. Art Curator Lindsay Taylor co-curated the 2015/16 the Lowry exhibition Right Here, Right Now and the gallery borrowed 4 works from our collection for the exhibition. Discussions are on going regarding future projects.

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Mark Devereux Projects (MDP), Salford: The Art Collection team supports the MDP StudioBook project  including running a commissioning competition, this year won by Mandy Payne.


Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. Lindsay Taylor guest curated the Culture Shifts: Global exhibition as part of the Look Festival 2017.

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Paradise Works, Salford. Partners in the Graduate Scholarship Programme.

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Quays Culture, Salford. A number of public realm commissions took place between 2013 and 2016 including Aeolian Light . The Art Collection is supported the Northern Artist Film Commission 2016 and the winning work, from the ‘new commission’ category, One Square Mile by Chris Paul Daniels and Sam Meech has entered our collection.


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Art Fund: have supported a number of acquisitions including the Albert Adams Collection and Cao Fei’s La Town.

Arts Council England are a strategic partner.