Dogs in the gardens of Ordsall Hall

Ordsall Hall presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changing exhibitions. From contemporary art to local history interest, textiles to photography, community exhibitions and local artists, there is something for everyone!

You can also visit our permanent exhibition, the Frederic Shields Gallery.

Messengers and Promises

Sunday 17 May 2015 to Sunday 20 September 2015

Kate Herbert, Topaz FeedingAnimals first entered the imagination as messengers and promised (John Berger 'About Looking').

Artists Kate Herbert and sculptor Angela Sidwell have united for the first time to create this exhibition. Together they explore human relationships with animals and how they have been presented over the past century. From working partnerships to pampered pets, the artists draw inspiration from Salford's collections and animals associated with Ordsall Hall.

Kate has a lifelong interest in capturing movement and character with her first love: line drawing. Angela creates sculptures using wood, wire and textiles. Animals and the issues that surround them have always been pivotel in her work.

Look out for some of Angela's sculptures throughout the hall and gardens!

View the Press Release for Messengers and Promises.

Ceramic installations by Ian Clegg and Angela Tait

Tuesday 24 March 2015 (until Summer 2015)

Ceramic camerasTwo ceramic installations by artists Ian Clegg and Angela Tait can be seen on display in the smoke corridor and plaster ceiling room.

The work 'Ceramic Cameras 2014/15' is on display in the smoke corridor behind the kitchen fireplace. The exhibit is based upon the concept of the ceramic camera which Ian and Angela have been exploring for the previous two years. Their ceramic cameras function both sculpturally and as image making machines. These cameras have been treated with a traditional smoke firing process not dissimilar to the process used historically during the preserving of foodstuffs.

The installation 'Hoard 2014' can be seen on display in the plaster ceiling room. This piece consists of ceramic canisters, each containing a unique and beautiful mono-print. Every print is based upon a glove from the 8 year long project '(G)love, which is a collection of hundreds of lost (and found) gloves. The work is a sculptural and creative response to the collection. Its location in the plaster ceiling room reflects the origin of the space as a study; a place to learn, conduct business and reflect.

Ceramic canistersIan Clegg and Angela Tait are artists who have been working collaboratively on creative projects since 2010. Their practice was founded upon a fascination with combining their individual disciplines of sculpture, photography, illustration and photography. This has led to a collaborative approach to other projects including teaching and writing. They are often concerned with the two/three dimension dichotomy. As a sculptor and a photographer they constantly have to negotiate this conflict of ideas, often finding a solution which couldn't have been conceived by one party alone. On this occasion the flat has been sculptural, on other occasions the reverse may be true.

They currently exhibit throughout the UK and beyond and also present workshops based around their specialisms. For more information about them please visit their website, follow them on Twitter @aticstudiosart or add them on Facebook ATIC.

Beautiful gardens, great exhibits and fantastic interactive elements for older children.

Janet Robertson, Worsley.