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.
We are programme partners for AND Festival 2020.

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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.
In 2019, we co-commissioned Everything I Have Is Yours by Eileen Simpson and Ben White.

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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. We support the co-commission of The Scar, a fiction film installation by Noor Afshan Mirza and Brad Butler, in 2018.

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Hot Bed Press, Salford.  Hot Bed Press are partners in the Graduate Scholarship Programme and were exhibition partners for PRINT UnLtd

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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, was loaned to The Lowry (in 2017) for their permanent exhibition LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist .

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Mark Devereux Projects (MDP), Salford: The Art Collection team supported 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-commissioned 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(February – June 2018) and as a legacy from this exhibition the Art Collection and Open Eye Gallery, along with Liverpool City Council, co-commissioned work by Liang Yue, which exhibited as part of This is Shanghai (July – September 2018).

Lindsay Taylor co-curated Peer to Peer as part of the LOOK Photo Biennial 2019.

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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 supports the Northern Artist Film Commission (2016 & 2019) and the winning work from the ‘new commission’ category in 2016, One Square Mile by Chris Paul Daniels and Sam Meech has entered our collection. The 2019 winner Homage to the Rain will also enter the collection following its premier at the Lightwaves light festival in December 2019.

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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.

Since 2017, the following partnership exhibitions have taken place at the Museum and Art Gallery:

  • What’s in Store? (May – November 2017): an exhibition, showcasing work from the University of Salford Art Collection.
  • PRINT UnLtd.  (May – October 2018): an exhibition by Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Salford Community Leisure in partnership with University of Salford Art Collection and Hot Bed Press. Funded by Arts Council England: Grants for the Arts.
  • Acquired: a century of collecting  (November 2018 – June 2019): an exhibition exploring artworks from Salford Museum and Art Gallery and the University of Salford collections.
  • Everything I Have Is YoursEileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive (July – November 2019): Film and sound work that looked back to the first decade of the UK pop charts (1952-62) Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, the Contemporary Art Society, University of Salford Art Collection and Castlefield Gallery through ‘Equal Shares’ 2019.


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

Arts Council England are a strategic partner.