In Focus: Chinese Contemporary Art. Installation photograph by Museum Photography North West.

New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery

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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.

Current Exhibition:

Rory Mullen, Portrait of Chancellor Jackie Kay, 2015. C-type print.

In Focus: Portraiture
Monday 3 February – Friday 15 May 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.

Previous Exhibitions:

Install image: Liz Wewiora

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.

An optical illusion painting, featuring a wall of books, a wall of paintings, a door and a beach in the background.

Patrick Hughes, My Room, 2012.

Shifting Perspectives
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.

Head and shoulders shot of a girl. The girl is staring straight at the camera, she has long curly auburn hair. The girl is in a white shirt and is against a white background.

Craig Easton, Maizi, Runcorn (2017)

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.

Craig Easton, Jillian Edelstein, Christopher Nunn, Simon Roberts and Michelle Sank.

Black and white photograph of a man with his arms crossed in front of his chest, eyes closed and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. In background is made up of an image of sky and clouds.

Wang Ningde, Some Days No. 3, 2002. Photograph. Courtesy the artist and Michael Goedhuis. © Wang Ningde.

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.

Artists include: Han Feng, Wang Ningde, Ma Qiusha, Tian Taiquan, Yan Xing, Lu Xinjian, Liang Yue