Patrick Caulfield, Banana with Leaves. © The Estate of Patrick Caulfield. All rights reserved, DACS 2019. Photograph courtesy of Museum Photography Northwest.


The print collection includes a number of late pop, optical and abstract works, including works by Bridget Riley and David Hockney; alongside works by Young British Artists (YBA) era artists Damien Hirst, Gary Hume and Gavin Turk. An archive of screen-prints from the local Manchester Print Workshop – active in the 70s and 80s – exemplifies the vibrant aesthetic of the era, with works by Kip Gresham, Adrian Henri and Alan Whitehead.

Contemporary print-making is also represented in the collection, with recent acquisitions of digital prints by Pat Flynn (Manchester), cyanotype by Wu Chi-Tsung (Taiwan) and screen-prints by Salford alumni Sarah Hardacre.

Dame Elisabeth Frink,
The Shearwater, 1975.
© The Executors of the Frink Estate and Archive. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019. Photograph by Nick Harrison.
Damien Hirst, Bromphenol Blue, 2005.
Etching on 350 gsm Hahnemuehle paper.
© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2019.
Dark silhouette, derived from an athletic statue of Mussolini, on a background of vibrant flowers.
Gary Hume, Vicious, 2010.
© Gary Hume.
All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019. Photograph by Museum Photography Northwest.
John Piper, Hautbois Church, Norfolk.
© The Piper Estate / DACS 2019.