Press Release: Culture, Barricades and Badges: Paintings (1980-2015) by John Sculley

12th November 2015

This is the first retrospective exhibition by an exceptional artist and takes in the length and breadth of his creative output over the last 35 years. 'Painting', Picasson said, 'is just another way of keeping a diary'. Culture, Barricades and Badges, illustrates not only a journey of individual artistic development but the personal experience over a lifetime of a family man, theatre goer, football fanatic, political commentator and social historian.

From the unrest of the Toxteth Riots and the Miners Strike, to family holidays, FA Cup victories and classical dance, this exhibition is a must see for everyone engaged in contemporary life. Accompanying the exhibition is John's spectacular collection of emblems and badges which, as well as complimenting the paintings, offer a unique insight in the social and political history of the last four decades.

For 25 years John Sculley has worked in arts and museums across the North West. Having recently retired as Head of Museums and Arts Development in Salford, he worked tirelessly to promote the social value of cultural activity to local people. His ongoing commitment to art, artists and communities, continues with regular studio visits, talks and lectures to groups, schools and universities. Trained in Fine Art and the winner of several awards and prizes including a John Moores scholarship, he has maintained his creative practice and regularly exhibits throughout the UK.

John was a key figure in the development of Salford Museum and Art Gallery in the last 10 years so as you can imagine we are excited and proud to be hosting this exhibition.

This exhibition is on display at Salford Museum & Art Gallery from Saturday 14th November 2015 to Sunday 21st February 2016. 

Contact for further information, images, quotes:

Kellie Brown, Marketing Officer - 0161 778 0819,
Amy Goodwin, Exhibitions Officer - 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 changing 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 for 5 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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