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

One Needs More Than Paint: Harry Ousey, A Centenary exhibition

Watercolour, Harry OuseySaturday 28 March 2015 to Sunday 5 July 2015

Born in Manchester in 1915, Harry Ousey's recognisable abstract paintings were considered ahead of his time.

Passionate about nature and landscape, his work is inspired by places he lived including Hayfield in Derbyshire, the coast of Cornwall and the landscape of France where he spent the last years of his life. Although part of the art scene in Cornwall in the 1950s and London and Paris in the 1960s, his work is little known today.

This retrospective exhibition will celebrate his life on the centenary year of his birth.

View the press release for Harry Ousey's centenary exhibition.


Purchase Harry Ousey merchandise via our online shop, including books, postcards and original artwork.

Events related to this exhibition

Event/Talk Date Time Event information
Harry Ousey: In Search of the Absolute Wednesday 29 April 2.00-3.00pm Join art historian and artist, Michael Howard, in this exploration of Ousey's search to represent in tangible form the intangible experience of being.
Harry Ousey: In Search of the New Wednesday 27 May 6.00-7.15pm Join us for this exciting dramatised reading, written by Max Howard, exploring Harry Ousey's life through his devoted wife Suzie.
Harry Ousey talk Saturday 20 June 2.00-3.00pm Sue Astles, the niece of Harry Ousey will be holding a talk about the artists' life.

Made in Eccles

Sense of PlaceSaturday 14 February 2015 to Sunday 19 April 2015

Photography students from Eccles Sixth Form Centre have worked on the theme 'A sense of place' for this special exhibition.

The first time this work has been exhibited outside the college walls, this is a rare opportunity to see these images which reflect both Salford and Manchester.

Visit the Eccles Sixth Form Centre website.

Salford Art Club Annual Exhibition 2015

Jayne GosnallSaturday 24 January 2015 to Sunday 26 April 2015

A popular yearly event for visitors, the annual Salford Art Club exhibition will present the very best works produced by members.

A mixture of landscape, portrait and still life are shown in a variety of media.

Salford Art Club have previously exhibited at Salford Museum and At Gallery, see our Past exhibitions page for further information.

Visit the Salford Art Club website and view the press release.

100 Years Ago: Salford at War

Langworthy Road Military Hospital

Saturday 15 March 2014 to Sunday 15 November 2015

'100 Years Ago: Salford at War', helps uncover some of Salford's unique stories from World War One.

This exhibition focuses on local characters, including the Broughton poet, Winifred Mabel Letts, Billy Unsworth, a solider from Ordsall, Albert Batty, who served in an ambulance unit and Dr James Niven, who helped fight the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Find out more about the 100 Years Ago: Salford at War exhibition

Want to know more about World War One?

Take a look at our Salford Remembers booklet for an overview of some Salford stories during WW1 including work going on to commemorate the four year centenary and how you can get involved.

You can also visit our 'Salford Remembers' WW1 website dedicated to the World War One Centenary.