Press Release: Harold Riley, Salford 1947 to 2012

24th April 2013

What could be more appropriate than Salford Museum and Art Gallery showing a retrospective of Harold Riley's work?

Chimney Pot ParkHarold was born in Salford in 1934. His relationship with Salford Art Gallery started at an early ages when he sold his first painting to the gallery aged 11. He went to Salford Grammer School and at 17 won a scholarship to The Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London. Harold Riley has dedicated much of his career to capturing the everyday street life in Salford.

It was in the 1960s when he returned to Salford that his relationship with Salford Museum and Art Gallery grew strong, exhibiting numerous times and holding art classes for children and young people at what was then Buile Hill Park Museum. The gallery now holds the largest retrospective collection of his work, some of which you can see in this exhibition.

John Sculley, Heritage Manager said:

One of Harold's most famous relationships was the friendship he built up with L.S Lowry, first meeting him in his student days. Both artists took inspiration directly from their surroundings, the industrial northern landscape.

Riley is also a very successful portrait artist. He has created many famous portraits including Nelson Mandela and Sir Matt Busby. His more recent work has expanded to other major interests of his including golf and football. His other love, apart from his painting, is photography. His father was a photographer so Riley was introduced to it at an early age. Some of Riley's photographs feature in this exhibition along with many of his drawings and sketchbooks.

This is an opportunity to see Harold Riley's work in the city he was born and city that inspired him. This exhibition will be in our semi-permanent space and will run from Saturday 4 May 2013 to Sunday 23 February 2014.

Contact for further information, images, quotes etc:

Kellie Brown, Marketing Officer, Salford Community Culture, 0161 778 0819,
Amy Goodwin, Exhibitions Officer, Salford Community Culture, 0161 778 0883,

Notes for the editor:

Salford Community Leisure provides sport, leisure and cultural services in the city. We manage a wide variety of facilities and activities across the eight neighbourhood areas within the city, including sport and leisure facilities, community centres, libraries, community use high schools, museums and the Music and Performing Arts Service.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery presents an exciting programme of permanent displays and changin contemporary exhibitions together with a range of events and activities guaranteed to inspire.

Ordsall Hall - Salford's Grade 1 listed Tudor manor house - was first recorded in 1177. Since then, it has been home to medieval gentry, Tudor nobility, Catholics loyal to the crown, butchers, farmers, an Earl, an artist, priests, scout troops, mill workers, cows and several ghosts!

Today, it is an engaging heritage site open to visitors 6 days a week throughout the year. Surrounded by landscaped grounds, it boasts hands on exhibitions, immersive room settings and a small cafe.

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