Exhibitions | Salford Community Leisure


Salford Museum and Art Gallery 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!

Our permanent exhibitions include our spectacular Victorian Gallery, beautiful Pilkington's Gallery and our selling gallery, By Hand: the shop.

Being There

Saturday 12th November 2016 to Sunday 30th April 2017

An immediacy of time and place is vividly captured in painting, drawing and collage in this wide ranging exhibition by Colin Binns.

The artwork reveals his fascination with the colour, form and sense of movement found in explorations of our towns and cities. Their character is powerfully conveyed through mixed media drawings, whilst urban energy and atmosphere come to life through his strong and expressive semi abstract paintings.

A theme of urban renewal emerges in much of the exhibition, particularly in the artwork responding to Manchester's regeneration since the dramatic 1996 damage to the city centre.

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Meet the artist

Saturday 11th March, 1:00 - 3:00pm, free!

Join Colin for an informal tour of his exhibition and find out more about the themes behind his work, inspiration and practice. He will also be bringing his sketchbooks to share. It's also a great chance for you to ask Colin any questions! View event.

RuinsSoul Journey

Saturday 15th October 2016 to Sunday 7th February 2017

The Soul Journey Art Project is a unique collaboration between arts company verd de gris, writer Paula Sutherland and international photographer and film-maker Geoff Brokate. This exhibition will challenge how we perceive and respond to dementia as individuals and as a society. 

Very often there is a perception that dementia, being an 'incurable' or 'difficult' condition, is filled only with anxiety and confusion, devoid of joy. Having worked for over 10 years with people living with dementia, verd de gris have experienced quite the opposite in their creative dementia sessions, giving people time and space where the present becomes new and fulfilling.

The exhibition includes an installation, original writing, a series of still photographs and a film that weaves together spoken word, moving images and an original score to capture some of the beauty and dignity of the people taking part. It celebrates the extraordinary richness of the landscape that means so much to them. Group participants also present their own unique interpretation of what it means to live with dementia.

Pigs might fly space monkeyUps and Downs

Saturday 1st October 2016 to Sunday 4th June 2017

Maria Carroll has collaborated with her brother Matt to create works for this exhibition. Maria has always been an inspiration to her family, manifested in her innate visual and artistic approach to the world around her.

The use of vibrant, strong colours and striking images to visualise her world will inspire and uplift. Maria, who has Down Syndrome, is part of a large family born and brought up in Little Hulton. Her artistic collaboration with Matt, better known for his work with Central Station Design, is used as a therapeutic way to positively face hurdles in their lives.