Since 2013 we have developed a growing number of strong partnerships with arts organisations across Greater Manchester and beyond. These include:

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Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, Manchester.
Co-commissioned Liam Young’s Where the City Can’t See with AND and St. Helen’s Heart of Glass.

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Castlefield Gallery, Manchester.
The Art Collection run the Graduate Scholarship Programme and co-commissioned the exhibition by Ruth Barker and Hannah Leighton-Boyce with Castlefield Gallery.

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Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester. This partnership is multi-faceted and includes numerous commissions and acquisitions, shared events programme, student live briefs, shared research trips, co-curated exhibitions such as Harmonious Society (Asia Triennial Manchester 2014/ATM14), and the evolving Asia Research Network for Arts and Media (ARNAM) partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and Manchester University.


FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool.
This includes a co-commission with Ryoichi Kurokawa in 2016.

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Forma, London.
Co-commissioned and produced Song for Armageddon by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson, in association with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and supported by Arts Council England.

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HOME, Manchester.
University of Salford is a founding partner of HOME. The Art Collection team co-commissioned The Most Cruel of all Goddesses by Declan Clarke as part of the inaugural exhibition in 2015, including a special screening and artist talk. In 2016, we co-commission It’s What’s Inside That Counts (2016) by Rachel Maclean. Further co-commissions are ongoing.

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Hot Bed Press, Salford.  Hot Bed Press are partners in the Graduate Scholarship Programme and are exhibition partners for PRINT UnLtdat Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

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Islington Mill, Salford.
The University partners with Islington Mill in many ways. The Art Collection Team have supported Islington Mill’s capital project and the Mill is a partner in the Graduate Scholarship Programme.

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The Lowry, Salford.
Art Curator Lindsay Taylor co-curated the 2015/16 the Lowry exhibition Right Here, Right Now and the gallery borrowed 4 works from our collection for the exhibition. Narcia Fitting out at the Tyne, 1968, by L.S. Lowry, from our collection, is currently on loan to The Lowry for their permanent exhibition LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist .

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Mark Devereux Projects (MDP), Salford: The Art Collection team supports the MDP StudioBook project  including running a commissioning competition, won by Mandy Payne in 2017.


Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.
Lindsay Taylor guest curated the Culture Shifts: Global exhibition as part of the LOOK/17 Liverpool International Photography Festival. For the LOOK/17 festival Open Eye Gallery and the University of Salford Art Collection co-commissoned Window (Day 2): Room 118, Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, 2017 and Wall: Room 118, Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, 2017 by Luke Ching.  Open Eye Gallery were exhibition partners for the PRESENCE: A Window into Chinese Contemporary Art and as a legacy from this exhibition the Art Collection and Open Eye Gallery, along with Liverpool City Council, have recently co-commission work by Liang Yue, which is currently exhibiting as part of This is Shanghai.

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Paradise Works, Salford. Partners in the Graduate Scholarship Programme.

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Quays Culture, Salford. A number of public realm commissions took place between 2013 and 2016 including Aeolian Light . The Art Collection is supported the Northern Artist Film Commission 2016 and the winning work, from the ‘new commission’ category, One Square Mile by Chris Paul Daniels and Sam Meech has entered our collection.

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Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Salford. The Art Collection have an ongoing working relationship with Salford Museum and Art Gallery, which forms part the strategic work with Salford Community Leisure (who operate the Museum and Gallery) through our joint Memorandum of Understanding signed in December 2017.

In 2017, the What’s in Store? exhibition, showcasing work from the University of Salford Art Collection, took place at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. At the Museum and Art Gallery currently is PRINT UnLtd. an exhibition brought in partnership with Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Hot Bed Press and funded by Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts.


Art Fund: have supported a number of acquisitions including the Albert Adams Collection and Cao Fei’s La Town.

Arts Council England are a strategic partner.