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

New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery

Gallery update – September 2021

We are pleased to announce that the gallery will re-open to all students, staff and public visitors from Monday 20th September, with the current Portraits exhibition extended until the end of the year.

Please follow all on-site COVID guidance to ensure your visit is as safe as possible!

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 2020 – end December 2021 

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.

Artists: 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.

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

A collage of a twenty layered screenprint, include newspaper clippings, netting from a bag of oranges and an part of an envelope.

Cecile Elstein, A Letter from Mrs. Gould, 1981. Screenprint. © Cecile Elstein. Photograph: Museums Photography North West.

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

Screen shot from a film of a woman sat in a chair with metalic thigh high boots on and a tshirt reading FATTIE.

Still from Fattie in a Chair (2018) by Megan Ashcroft. Courtesy the artist.

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.

Photograph of man in a white coat in a marine laboratory.

Shezad Dawood, Leviathan Cycle Episode 1: Ben, 2017. Digital video

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.


Painted pieces of wood attached to a wall, with some pieces protruding from the wall.

Darren Nixon, The Awkward Ambassador (the mixer), 2016. Paint on wood. Photograph Arthur Siuksta.

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

Three casts of pregnancy stomachs. Each stomach is covered in mirror tiles.

Katie Shaw, Reflection/Reflect, 2017

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

A screenprint featuring a photograph of sheep and a sketch of a person sitting down.

Adrian Henri, Souvenir of Normandy II, 1981. © Estate of Adrian Henri, by kind permission of C.Marcangeli. Artwork photography by Museum Photography North West.

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.


Gillian Davenport, Jo Byrne, ‘The Wheel of Truth’, 2017
Mixed Media.

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.

Bust of Friedrich Engels. Photograph by Arthur Siuksta.

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.

Read more about this project here and here.