Mandy Payne, In Limbo (2017). Spray paint, oil paint, tape, archival matt varnish on concrete. © Mandy Payne.

Mandy Payne, In Limbo (2017). Spray paint, oil paint, tape, archival matt varnish on concrete. © Mandy Payne.

From the North

As a University deeply rooted in the North of England, and with our own vibrant School of Arts and Media, it is important that our collection reflects the wealth of artistic practice in our region, Artists living and working in the North, particularly the North West, have been a collecting priority since the collection began in the late 1960’s, and this continues today in our From the North Strand. 

Known as the ‘city of making’ – a reputation built on the numerous mills and factories of the Industrial Revolution – Salford hosts a number of artists studios and independent projects. Amongst others, we work closely with Paradise Works, Islington Mill, Hot Bed Press studios, as well as previous partnerships with The International 3 Gallery and Artwork Atelier.  We also collaborate regularly with Salford Museum & Art Gallery on new commissions, events and exhibitions.

Many of the established artists in the region have a relationship to the University – through studying or teaching here at some point. We work closely with the School to continue supporting the next generation of artists – including through our Graduate Scholarship scheme.

Artists include:
Ruth Barker, Joey Collins, Craig Easton, Maurice Carlin, Pat Flynn, Louise Giovanelli, Rachel Goodyear, Kip Gresham, Sarah Hardacre, Adrian Henri, Gwilym Hughes, Walter Kershaw, Lizzie King and Craig Tattersall, L.S Lowry, Darren Nixon, Harold Riley, Adam Heiss and Martene Rourke, Liam Spencer and Meg Woods.


Head and shoulders shot of a woman staring into the camera. The background behind her is black except for a small line of light in the distance.

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, Song for Armageddon, 2017 (still). © Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson.

Chris Paul Daniels and Sam Meech One Square Mile, 2016. Still from video. Courtesy the artists.

Chris Paul Daniels and Sam Meech One Square Mile, 2016. Still from video. Courtesy the artists.

Karen Lyons, Clasp, 2007, sculpture outside Mary Seacole Building, University of Salford.

a small oil painting by artist adolphe valette. The image depicts a peaceful rural landscape scene with green fields, trees, and a brick building.

Adolphe Valette, Romiley, 1916. Photograph: Photography North West.

Adolphe Valette, Figures by a Fence, 1922. Photograph: Photography North West.

Jai Redman, Engels’ Beard, 2016. Fibreglass. Photograph courtesy of Nick Harrison.

Sarah Hardacre, Forgot Mermaids, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Stolper Gallery, London.

Sarah Hardacre, Arms Open to Welcome the Sun, 2012. Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Stolper Gallery, London.

Painting of tower blocks.

Mandy Payne, In Limbo (2017). Spray paint, oil paint, tape, archival matt varnish on concrete. © Mandy Payne.

Darren Nixon, The Awkward Ambassador (2016) Photograph Arthur Siuksta.

Four cylindrical objects made of salt.

Hannah Leighton Boyce, Consequences of progress; remnants for the future (2018)

a photograph of a woman wearing a handmade collar, reading from a script in front of her. the image shows the artist performing.

Ruth Barker, If this is the last thing that I say (2018), performance
[Image: Drew Forsyth]

an artists drawing. a strange bald figure sits with a cone attached to their face. black and white

Rachel Goodyear, Unable to stop because they were too close to the line (2008) Detail from series of 30. Print from original drawing.

an artists photograph of a person who identifies as queer. The person has medium length red hair, a black tshirt, and they are holding a blonde wig. They are looking calmly towards the camera. They are stood outdoors.

Heather Glazzard, Blake, 2018. Film photograph

Oil painting of a collar of a period costume.

Louise Giovanelli, Collar III, 2016. Courtesy the artist.

Lizzie King & Craig Tattersall, Studios (2015). Image courtesy of artists. Photograph of swivel chair in foreground and a stool in the centre of the shot in a deserted artist studio.

Lizzie King & Craig Tattersall, Studios, 2015. Image courtesy of artists.

Maurice Carlin, Temporary Custodians 45, 2016. Courtesy the artist.

Kip Gresham, ‘Happy Cat’, 1981
Image courtesy of the artist