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!
One Man's Vision
Saturday 20 September to Sunday 18 January 2015
Local charity, Henshaws Society for Blind People, was set up in 1837 as the result of a legacy left in the Will of Oldham business man, Thomas Henshaw. In 2012 the charity celebrated its 175th birthday!
This travelling exhibition has been specially curated to mark the occasion and to shown how attitudes and services for visually impaired people have changed. The first 'asylum' for blind people was set up in the late 1700s and soon similar charities emerged providing meaningful employment for those how had previously been marginalised.
This exhibition includes historical objects, specially commissioned artworks, tactile signage, handling objects, audio-description and an audio tour. It has been specifically designed with the needs of people with a visual impairment in mind, but it invites all visitors to think about visual impairment and to experience the world using a range of senses.
Saturday 19 July 2014 to Sunday 2 November 2014
Reincarnated Rubbish is Val Hunt's critically acclaimed touring solo exhibition. Val retrieves everyday things we throw away and presents them in new, fascinating dimensions. After years of experimenting and discovery Val has developed her own unique style, and the ability to see all varieties of discarded materials as something beautiful yet to be invented. She creatively recycles a diverse selection of throw away material but her favourite is drinks can metal. From this she creates innovative sculptures, wall hangings, hats and distinctive, affordable quirky jewellery, full of humorous, imaginative and though provoking constructions.
This retrospective includes a wide and diverse range of Val's creative recycling inspired by nature, historical fashions and tribal art. It has continued to tour very successfully throughout the Arts Galleries and Museums of England and Wales.
'Reincarnated Rubbish' aims to inspire and encourage everyone to experience the fun of creative recycling.
Works for sale
Most pieces on display in this exhibition are for sale. Please visit our online shop to purchase one of these stunning creations. If you would like to purchase an item that isn't for sale via our online shop, please call 0161 778 0800.
Jewellery for sale
Jewellery items are available to purchase from our shop within the museum with some items available to buy via our online shop. Please view the price list, items will be able to purchase from our online shop soon!
Reincarnate your own rubbish!
As part of Val Hunt’s exhibition we are encouraging you to make your own hat out of rubbish, inspired by her work. Take a photo of you wearing it and email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will share with other visitors through our website and social media. The best photographs will be displayed in the exhibition!
Chapel Street Then and Now
Saturday 5 July 2014 to Sunday 12 October 2014
Manchester visual artist Ian McKay and three community art groups have been exploring the changing face of Chapel Street.
With support from Chapel Street Community Arts, the groups have created combined work incorporating watercolour painting, photograph and mixed media visual arts. The exhibition celebrates D.C. Thomson, the publishers based on Chapel Street who produced the Beano and the Dandy, looks at how the area has changed, and imagines what the current redevelopment work might bring.
100 Years Ago: Salford at War
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.
Visit Ordsall Hall's exhibition page for information about the 'Mud, Sweat and Tears: The story of Ordsall's allotments' exhibition on display from Sunday 25 May 2014 till Sunday 28 September 2014.
World War One talks and tours programme
See our LifeTimes Gallery page for our World War One talks and tours programme for 2014-15 at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.
Dress of Deep Sorrow
This dress tells the story of war, loss, the sea and love letters. It is inspired by the contents of a tin belonging to Ruth's grandmother, from Amble in Northumberland. The tin was filled with old photographer, embroidered cards and a field service postcard written from the trenches during the First World War from her 'young man', her true love, who went missing in action. Like millions of others he never returned home.
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