COVID-19 update: October 2020
We are pleased to announce a phased re-opening for the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery. From October the gallery will be open to our staff and student community, with the current show extended until the end of the year. The gallery remains closed for wider public access in order to limit numbers in line with Covid guidance – please check back for future updates.
New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery opened in 2016, providing a permanent space to showcase the University of Salford Art Collection within the New Adelphi School of Arts and Media. We curate between 3-5 exhibitions per year, often in collaboration with students, graduates, staff, our archives & library collection, and other museums, galleries and independent projects.
As well as a space for teaching, learning, engagement and enjoyment, the Gallery provides a haven away from the busy hustle and bustle of daily campus life.
Open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm during exhibitions. Closed bank holidays. Admission is free.
See more of our collections:
In addition to the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, you can see our collections at:
The Albert Adams Room – a permanent display of works from our Albert Adams collection.
Location: The Old Fire Station, the Crescent, Salford. Visit by appointment only – please contact us.
Partners & loans: Visit our ‘what’s on’ page to find out about new commissions with partners and our UK and international loans. We also programme displays across campus.
In Focus: Portraiture
Monday 3 February – December 2020
Modern and contemporary works from the collection, including Chancellor portraits.
Artists include: Albert Adams, Claudia Alonso, Ruth Barker, Mike Disfarmer, Harry Goodwin, Joe Gregory, Gary Hume, Owen Leong, Rory Mullen, Wang Ningde, Alfonzo Padilla, Stanley Reed, Harold Riley, Jamie Wilson, Juliet Wood.
He was a wild one
16 September 2019 – Friday 17 January 2020
He was a wild one draws together British music photography from the 1950s and 1960s, from the Open Eye Gallery archive in Liverpool and the University of Salford Art Collection. Part of the Together We Move engagement programme, inspired by the Everything I Have Is Yours film commission.
Thursday 23 May – Friday 2 August 2019
Works from the Collection alongside visual and written submissions from Critical & Contextual Studies at the School of Arts and Media. Together, the works consider a range of ‘shifting perspectives’: physical, visual, and emotional.
Image: courtesy of Patrick Hughes, Flowers Gallery, London and New York. Photograph by Museum Photography North West.
Monday 18 February – Friday 10 May 2019
In a major new touring exhibition, leading contemporary photographers join forces to present the multimedia project Sixteen, exploring the dreams, hopes and fears of sixteen-year olds across the UK.
Working with photography, film, social media, audio recordings and writing, the project brings together the faces and voices of more than a hundred young people from diverse communities across the United Kingdom. Locations span large conurbations such as London, Birmingham and Manchester, the South West, Northern Ireland, the Scottish Islands, and post-industrial areas of the North.
Artists: Craig Easton, Jillian Edelstein, Christopher Nunn, Simon Roberts and Michelle Sank.
In Focus: Chinese Contemporary Art
Monday 12 November 2018 – Friday 1 February 2019
The Chinese Contemporary Art collection has been developed since 2013, mainly in partnership with the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) and Open Eye Gallery. It includes a wide range of works in painting, sculpture, installation and new media.
This exhibition shares a selection of works on campus, following the popular exhibition Presence at St George’s Hall, Liverpool (9 Feb – 3 June 2018) which was the first display of this collection in its entirety.
Artists: Han Feng, Wang Ningde, Ma Qiusha, Tian Taiquan, Yan Xing, Lu Xinjian, Liang Yue
Push and Pull
Monday 25 June – Friday 26 October 2018
Push and Pull draws together prints made in and around Salford and Manchester from the late 1970s to the present day, including works made at the Manchester Print Workshop, Hot Bed Press and Islington Mill alongside new work by University of Salford graduates.
The exhibition coincides with Print UnLtd. at Salford Museum and Art Gallery (26 May – 14 October 2018)
Artists: Lubna Ali, Claudia Alonso, Maurice Carlin, Cecile Elstein, Michael Green, Kip Gresham, Sadé Mica, Richard Riley, Paul Ritchie, Alan Whitehead
30 April – Friday 15 June 2018
A collaboration between Critical & Contextual Studies in the School of Arts and Media and the University of Salford Art Collection.
Embody reflects a post-millennial revaluation of identity and features a selection of students’ written and visual works from Independent Research Project 2018, exploring themes of the body, gender, personal expression and equality.
Paired with students works are selected artworks from the permanent Collection, which address connected themes, including: Albert Adams, Hazel Clegg, Louise Giovanelli and Sarah Hardacre.
Shezad Dawood – Leviathan Cycle, Episode 1: Ben
4 December 2017 – Thursday 29 March 2018
In dialogue with a wide range of marine biologists, oceanographers, political scientists, neurologists and trauma specialists, Leviathan explores the notions of marine welfare, migration and mental health and their possible interconnections.
An ambitious ten-part film cycle, conceived and directed by artist Shezad Dawood, the first two episodes (Ben and Yasmine) premiered at the 57th Venice Art Biennale and the third episode (Arturo) was shot on location in and around Venice.
Episode 1 of the cycle was commissioned by University of Salford Art Collection and Leviathan – Human and Marine Ecology, with support from The Contemporary Art Society.
13 October – Friday 10 November 2017
Synthesis brings together 5 recent acquisitions for the University of Salford Art Collection and represents the three main collecting priorities: From the North , About the Digital and Chinese Contemporary Art .
Although individually very different, each work reveals some of the hidden concepts or overlooked processes behind how objects and artworks are made. The exhibition also demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with arts organisations across the North West to support the development of new work by artists.
Artists: Darren Nixon, Willow Rowlands, Kong Chun Hei, Brass Art, Liam Young
The Surface of Things
3 July – 11 August 2017
This exhibition is a collaboration between PAPER, Manchester and Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, and is hosted by University of Salford as part of the Manifest Arts Festival, a contemporary art biennial running from the Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 July 2017.
Artists: Lisa Denyer, Frances Disley, EC, Brendan Fletcher, Roni Feldman, Jenny Hager, Sharon Hall, Vincent Hawkins, David Leapman, Mali Morris RA, Max Presneill
Graduate Scholars 2017
9 June – 28 June 2017
An exhibition featuring work by some of this year’s Graduate Scholars. The exhibition includes sculptures, video and sound works.
Artists: Olivia Brittain, Joseph Burton, Hannah Connor, Laura Daniels, Katie Shaw, Cecily Shrimpton.
Part of Create Festival 2017
Guest curated by Chancellor Jackie Kay
Part of the Dear Library project
22 February – Friday 26 May 2017
Memory launches the year-long Dear Library project – an initiative conceived by University of Salford Chancellor and writer-in-residence Jackie Kay, to champion libraries and celebrate the breadth of services they offer.
The exhibition combines selected items from the University of Salford Libraries, Archive & Special Collections with artworks from the Art Collection on the themes of ‘truth, authenticity and memory’.
Jackie has also written three new poems for the exhibition, with recollections of holidays, adventures and journeys to new places as a particular focus. Visitors and students are also invited to share new poems on the ‘memory wall’.
Artists include: Darren Almond, Adrian Henri, Simon Faithfull, Weegee.
Art in the Post-Truth Era
27 January – Thursday 9 February 2017
A School of Arts & Media exhibition
Art in the Post-truth Era is an exhibition that explores one of the most talked about facets of contemporary culture: ‘Post-truth’ was hailed by the Oxford English Dictionary as the word of the year in 2016.
The artists explore this new terrain in a variety of media. They have worked collaboratively and are drawn from undergraduate and post-graduate programmes within the School of Arts & Media and include students from Visual Arts, Photography, Graphic Design and Media & Performance.
Jai Redman: The Making of Engel’s Beard
22 September 2017 – January 2018
The inaugral exhibition at the New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, celebrating the opening of the New Adelphi Building for Arts and Media, and the launch of Engel’s Beard, a new permanent public sculpture on the heart of campus.
The exhibition includes drawing, writing, sculpture, video, photography, mixed media and archival materials from the ‘making of’ the commission.