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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!


Spring micro-commission #2: Heather Glazzard

The second of our Spring Salford micro-commissions. Photographer Heather Glazzard revisits a series of work that explores LGBTQ+ identity, class, politics, and creative practice.

New Commission: Parham Ghalamdar – Birds or Borders. Part of our #COVIDCommissions programme

In partnership with Castlefield Gallery, the University of Salford is delighted to announce Parham Ghalamdar as the fourth of six artists selected for new commissions for the Collection during COVID 19.

a light blue and purple background. a digital drawing of a blackbird sitting on barbed wire. it is drawn quite quickly and loosely. the image is a still from an animated film called Birds or Borders

‘Darling’ – Professor Jackie Kay CBE shares final poem in lockdown series

The final in a series of poems shared each week during Covid 19, from our Chancellor and Writer-in-residence Jackie Kay.

Jackie Kay by Claudia Alonso (2015)

New Commission: Jack Tan – Tale As Old As Time. Part of our #COVIDCommissions programme

We are pleased to announce the third in a series of new commissions with our key industry partners, as part of a wider programme of support for artists during Covid 19.

Satire. A historic lithograph showing a Chinese man confronted by an Englishman, who points at a box of 'opium'. Troops are in the background

How Will We Remember? New artist commissions during Covid 19, with Kiara Mohamed and Sarah Eyre

Announcing the first in a series of new co-commissions for the Collection, during covid-19. North West based artists Kiara Mohamed and Sarah Eyre are commissioned in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.

Albert Adams in focus: Black Lives Matter – by Dr. Alice Correia

The University of Salford was recently awarded funding for further research of the Albert Adams archive.

Dr Correia, Research Fellow in Art History, reflects on one of Adams’ later drawings (Celebration Head, 2003, pictured) in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.