Future 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.


Children in costume, 1950sSalford and Cheetham Hill in Focus: 
Iconic Photographs from the 1950s and 60s by Retracing Salford

Saturday 18 June to Sunday 30 October 2016

Explore new and unseen images from a large photographic archive from the 1950s and 60s from Salford and Cheetham Hill. It includes studio portraits, whit walks, shop fronts, textile workers, furniture and fashion, Salford schools, products, portraits of migrant ancestors from a range of nations, and much more.

The team from Retracing Salford will be in the gallery collecting your memories of some of the photographs. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Cotton and Steel:
The Industrial Paintings of Kevin Haynes and David Watson

David WatsonSaturday 9 July to Sunday 9 October 2016

The cotton industry of Manchester and Oldham and the steel industry of Teeside and Middlesborough are brought together in this joint exhibition by post war artists Kevin Haynes and David Watson.

Cotton and steel are two distinctly contrasting materials presented by two distinctly different artists, both from working backgrounds in industry, later mixing their palettes to reflect these experiences.

Kevin HaynesKevin's instantly recognisable colourful naive style blends fondness of his childhood and career memories of northern cotton towns, through a methodical and precise mind of an engineer. Whilst David's raw and often brutal approach resonates a personal relationship with the industrial past against the present reality.

When combined they weave an industrial narrative connecting the regions through the industries once defined as Cotton and Steel.

Meet the Artists!

Saturday 24 September, 2pm, FREE, drop-in, no booking required

Find out more about their work and practice and ask them a question! View event.

Peel ParkPeel Back Time

Saturday 16 July to Sunday 25 September 2016

The first park created through public subscription, Peel Park opened in 1846. Just four years later the Royal Museum and Public Library opened in Lark Hill Mansion.

'Peel Back Time' tells the story of the people and the park over the 170 years of its life. From local working people to royalty the park has welcomed all visitors. Now the plan is to renew the park to its 1890 layout and draw people back to this hidden gem. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund a programme of events and activities will invite people to get to know and appreciate this special place.

Ups and Downs

Pigs might fly space monkeySaturday 1 October 2016 to 5 March 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.

Soul Journey

Saturday 15 October 2016 to Sunday 7 February 2017

RuinsThe 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.

Being There

CrossroadsSaturday 12 November 2016 to Sunday 30 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.