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University of Salford Art Collection

Welcome to the University of Salford Art Collection – an ambitious and growing collection of over 700 modern and contemporary artworks, founded c1968.

Update – June 2020 – Coronavirus COVID 19
Our public events and exhibitions, including the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, are currently closed/post-poned until further notice due to the Covid 19 pandemic; and the Team are currently working from home. Please check back soon for updates on re-opening, and check our BLOG in the meantime for our latest news and opportunities.

We’re happy to announce our new programme of support for artists, including partner commissions, micro commissions, and online studio visits. We’re also sharing films from our collection online each month, starting with Everything I Have Is Yours by Open Music Archive from 1st July.

Keep safe!


Mandy Cleveland – Back of the Envelope

A new Q&A with Manchester-based artist Mandy Cleveland, one of six artists commissioned this Summer. Mandy discusses new work that reflects on feelings of ‘personal and global’ uncertainty during Covid 19.

Streaming new work by Marija Bozinovska Jones: 1st Sept 2020

Beginningless Mind will be streamed online with interactive elements, from 1st September at 6pm BST, via Somerset House Studios. The three-fold audio-visual narrative will examine the ‘flowing process of interconnectedness’

Birds or Borders – new animated video + Q&A with artist Parham Ghalamdar

Now available to watch online in full, Birds or Borders is a new animated video by Parham Ghalamdar. Alongside, read a new Q&A with the artist and UOS Curator Lindsay Taylor.

Sarah Eyre – Twitch, shift, jerk, slip, repeat

The first in a series of new GIFs by artist Sarah Eyre, responding to the “feeling of being on the cusp; of being suspended between different spaces and states…” during Covid 19

Spring micro-commission #5: Mollie Balshaw

The final in our current series of micro-commissions. Painter Mollie Balshaw records themself painting in the studio – revealing the usually private ‘performance’ behind the work.

Call for your photographs! Contribute to a new AI based artwork #SalfordDataSet

We’re pleased to be working with artist and researcher Anna Ridler on a new commission that combines art, nature and technology – and we’re calling for your photographs to help make this happen!