Creating /Collecting /Collaborating

University of Salford Art Collection

Welcome to the University of Salford Art Collection – an ambitious and growing collection of over 800 modern and contemporary artworks, founded c1968. We commission new work, support artist development, and host a range of exhibitions and events with a wide range of internal & external partners. Read more about our collection, programme, campus gallery, and latest news here!


In The Studio: Babs Smith

As part of our new In the Studio series, we catch up with one of our 2020/21 Graduate Scholars, Babs Smith.

Take part: Leaving, a study of Autumn by Lowri Evans – November 2021

A drop in participatory event with artist Lowri Evans, inspired by Autumn, nature, and natural cycles – stop by for a chat, tea, and biscuits – on campus Thurs 11th Nov

October news: New colleague Alistair introduces our digitisation project & upcoming store move

An exciting period for the Art Collection as we move to a new central art store, and start a programme of digitisation – supported by new partner colleague Alistair Small

a large empty room with grey floor and white walls

Artwork of the Month October 2021 – Albert Adams, selected by Dr Alice Correia

Our new ‘artwork of the month’ celebrates selected works from the Collection. This #blackhistorymonth art historian Dr Alice Correia explores a self portrait from our Albert Adams archive – ahead of a new symposium she will lead in 2022.

You Belong Here: Talks, tours & extended exhibition dates – plus new artwork launched

Great news – our collaborative exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery has been extended to Spring/Summer 2022

orange flowers across green grass

Introducing: Gwen Riley Jones, socially-engaged photographer in residence

Jones joins the Art Collection for 12 months, in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, to ask: “who are the collections for? What stories can they tell? Whose voice can we hear? And how can we think differently about them?”