The University of Salford Art Collection exists for the benefit of staff, students and the public. Founded in the late 1960’s, it now includes over 700 modern and contemporary works which are displayed on campus, including at our New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, as well as through loans to UK & international museums and galleries.
Early collecting mainly included post-war British painting, print-making, and, later, photography. In particular, works with a connection to Salford and Greater Manchester were collected. Later, a number of works by the YBAs (Young British Artists) were acquired, alongside a special collection by expressionist painter Albert Adams.
Today, the Collection actively commissions and acquires contemporary work under three key interconnected strands, introduced in 2013: About the Digital, From the North, and Chinese Contemporary Art, together aiming to tell a ‘story of now’. We also work closely with the School of Arts and Media to support students and alumni, through our Portrait commissions, Scholarship scheme, and other opportunities.
Artists in the collection include: Rachel Maclean, Thomson & Craighead, Mishka Henner, Christian Marclay (About the Digital); Cao Fei, Li Binyuan, Yang Yongliang, Sun Xun (Chinese Contemporary Art); L.S. Lowry, Adolphe Valette, Sarah Hardacre, Rachel Goodyear (From the North); and Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume (Print collection).
You can browse a selection of works from the Collection under the strands below, or click here to read more about the collection’s history, and future. You can also find more images of our painting, sculpture and print-making based works at Art UK, the home for the nations’ public art collections.
Artworks about, or made using, digital technologies; including a collection of artists’ film.
Contemporary artists from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the diaspora.
Artworks by artists from or based in the north of England.
Works by graduates from our School of Arts and Media, after completing the Graduate Scholarship Scheme.
A brief history of the University of Salford Art Collection, which began in the late 1960’s.
University of Salford Chancellor and Vice Chancellor portraits by our staff and students.
A collection including late pop, optical and abstract artworks.
A small number of public sculptures on Peel Park campus
Works by the South African expressionist painter.