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

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.

Swinton Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

Saturday 25 April 2015 to Sunday 28 June 2015

Wast Water Evening, Tony CowcillMembers of Swinton and District Amateur Photographic Society present works from their annual exhibition. Showing a range of subject matter, the photographs include natural history, pictorial, human life, record, still life studies and portraiture in both colour and monochrome. The images displayed constitute the society's 2014 annual exhibition and are judged with awards given accordingly by an independent approved judge from the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union.

This exhibition coincided with their themed show Salford Then and Now which was on display at Ordsall Hall from Sunday 8 February 2015 to Sunday 10 May 2015.

Swinton and District Photographic Society is supported by the Community Committee for Salford.

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

Saturday 28 March 2015 to Sunday 5 July 2015

Watercolour, Harry Ousey

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.

Related events

Event/Talk Date Time Event information
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.


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.

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

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 dedicated to the World War One Centenary.