Exhibitions

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

Out of the Ordinary: Colin Rodney Burrows

Hot Water Bottle StopperSaturday 18 July 2015 to Sunday 1 November 2015

Highlighting ordinary objects in a photo-realist style was local artist Colin Burrows' main style of painting. In this retrospective exhibition, these are brought together with family portraits and several almost abstract  paintings completed earlier in his career. Shown alongside written memories of Colin, there will also be artwork by ex-colleagues, former students and his son, Robert.

This exhibition celebrates seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary with plenty of opportunities to have a go for all ages! 

Colin Burrows was a former prize winning student at the Slade School of Fine Art and a lecturer at Salford University School of Art until 2002.

View the press release.

Artist Demos!

Every Tuesday and Friday throughout  August and September, 2.00-4.00pm, free, no need to book

Colin's widow and son, who are both artists in their own right, will be in the gallery doing painting and drawing demonstrations, with a chance to have a go at drawing yourself! View the event for more information and dates.

Chapel Street through the keyhole: Anthony McCarthy

Salford Royal, Anthony McCarthySaturday 4 July 2015 to Sunday 27 September 2015

Anthony McCarthy is a Salford artist who has been depicting the regeneration of Chapel Street and Salford Crescent for the past two years. 

Historically Chapel Street is a place of sieges, invention and intrigue, its regeneration highlighting what has been lost amidst the burgeoning modernity. Everyday we travel along this route often oblivious to the history around us despite its exteriors being well documented.

What then of the unseen Chapel Street? The hidden interiors that exist in shadow beyond the public eye?

Through a series of mixed media drawings 'Chapel Street through the Keyhole', McCarthy documents an alternative view of this historical area which often evades the encroaching world.

View the press release.

The Now, The North: Hugh Winterbottom

Manchester Library, Hugh WinterbottomSaturday 2 May 2015 to Sunday 6 September 2015

Take a journey through Hugh Winterbottom's work from the cityscapes of central Manchester and Salford, out into outskirt towns like Stockport, and into the more rural villages of Derbyshire.

A local artist based in Greater Manchester, Hugh's colourful paintings show the north at all times of day and in all weathers, in his fresh vibrant style.

Visit Hugh Winterbottom's website and view the Press Release.

Purchase original artwork

Visit our online shop to buy original artwork from Hugh's exhibition. 

100 Years Ago: Salford at War

Saturday 15 March 2014 to Sunday 15 November 2015

Langworthy Road Military Hospital

'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.

View the press release

Want to know more about World War One?

Download our learning activities pack via our World War One Centenary website and think more deeply about some of the issues involved. The pack can be used without visiting the exhibition but it can also be used to accompany a visit and help young people gain more insight as they view the resources on display.

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.

Visit our 'Salford Remembers' WW1 website for details of our up and coming events, details of how you can get involved and much more dedicated to the World War One Centenary.