Join us on Saturday 2nd April as we celebrate the final months of Rediscovering Salford, a city-wide creative programme inspired by Salford’s parks and green spaces:
Laura Daly – The Storm Cone Artist tours Free to attend – book your place for 12 noon or 2pm
Join us in Peel Park to explore augmented reality artwork app The Storm Cone by Laura Daly. Located on the site of the original bandstand in Peel Park, experience an immersive brass band soundscape through your phone or tablet (devices also available to borrow, please arrange with the Museum).
Refreshments provided in the cafe following the tour. Full information & free ticket booking on the Museum website.
Join artist Lowri Evans to celebrate the opening of her exhibition Leaves / Leaving at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition follows a participatory public event which took place under three trees in Salford during Autumn 2021, and reflects on cycles of life, death and the act of letting go.
Refreshments will be provided. Full information & free ticket booking on the Museum website.
Exhibition You Belong Here at Salford Museum & Art Gallery has been extended until 19 June 2022. Visit to see historic, modern and contemporary artworks inspired by our local parks and green spaces.
A programme of free tours and events accompanies the exhibition:
13th April, 6-6.30pm: Curator tour of the exhibition. Book here 23rd April, 2-3pm: Curator tour of the exhibition, with BSL interpretation. Book here 28th April, 2-3pm: Curator tour of the exhibition. Book here 19th May, 6-7.30pm: Artist Talk with Laura Daly. Book here 12th June, 2-3pm: Audio-described tour of the exhibition. Book here
“The power of the piece is not just in exploring historical memory, but the way it brings the listener back to the present moment. It foregrounds the part that green spaces and communal past-times can play in recovery from individual and collective trauma today…”
Greater Manchester-based writer and researcher Natalie Bradbury responds to exhibition You Belong Here and augmented reality app The Storm Cone in a new review at Corridor 8: Read here
Tues 9th November, 2-5pm, Eccles Recreation ground (near the Church Street entrance) Weds 10th Nov, 2-5pm, Ordsall Hall (in the grounds) Thurs 11th Nov, 2-5pm, University of Salford campus (at the willow tree, near Newton Building) Just drop in
Throughout late Summer and Autumn, artist Lowri Evans has been exploring the trees of Salford – meeting with enthusiasts and experts alike along the way. Reflecting on cycles of life, death, and the act of letting go, her new project Leaving asks what we can learn from nature – and what wisdom we might share with each other.
You are invited to drop by and meet Lowri under three trees in Salford and let go of something – big or small, come rain or shine. These exchanges will be transformed into artworks as part of her commission for the University of Salford Art Collection and Salford Museum & Art Gallery – part of the city-wide Rediscovering Salford project.
Free, no booking necessary, suitable for all & wheelchair accessible. Hot tea served!
Please note: event will go ahead whatever the weather – unless torrential/extreme. Wrap up warm & waterproof if you plan to pop by. Check our social media for updates!
Great news – the You Belong Here exhibition has been extended til 19 June 2022! Giving visitors plenty more time to enjoy these nature-inspired artworks through the coming seasons. Visit by dropping in or booking in advance!
Plus – video artwork Circadian Bloom (California Poppy) has launched in the Museum cafe. Enjoy this gently moving AI-generated artwork alongside the window view of the park and delicious tea and cake.
We are delighted to return to in-person events at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, offering a programme of talks and tours.
Visit the events page for full listings. Upcoming highlights include an ‘in conversation’ event between digital artist Anna Ridler, writer/curator Georgia Ward-Dyer, and RHS Bridgewater gardener Sylvia Travers.
If you can’t make it in person, all of our talks will be livestreamed on the Salford Museum Facebook page – plus recordings will be made available online later in the year.
Image: Circadian Bloom, Anna Ridler, installed in Athens – photo by Stelios Tzetzias
Do you have a favourite tree in Salford? Maybe it’s a tree you have climbed up or sheltered under. Maybe you planted it. Maybe it was already hundreds of years old when you were born…
As the leaves fall in Autumn 2021, artist Lowri Evans will be getting to know the trees and the people that love them around Salford as part of a new project for the University of Salford Art Collection in collaboration with Salford Museum & Art Gallery.
This project will pay attention to the cycles of nature, life death and life again, and how we can learn from trees and apply it to our personal lives. Seeing life decay and nourish new life again.
Share your favourite tree with us – post your images, stories or memories on social media using the hashtag #SalfordTrees (on Twitter and Instagram) and tagging Lowri at @LowriEvans on Twitter or @thelowri on Instagram. (On Facebook, just post your image in our comments!)
Head over to Salford Now to read two new articles featuring artists from the You Belong Here exhibition.
Laura Daly discusses creating her new augmented reality app The Storm Cone – including collaborating with staff and students at the University of Salford throughout the pandemic: “Collaborating with people from so many different areas of expertise and just working as a team was absolutely brilliant, it brought so much into the mix of what’s possible.” – Read more here
Hilary Jack and Lizzie King, both based in Salford, discuss some of the inspiration behind their works – which respond to and celebrate our local parks and green spaces “Peel Park was one of the first public parks where anyone could go of any class. It is a park that is for everyone, accessible to everyone. That is what really inspires me.” (Lizzie King) – Read more here
Featured image: socially-distanced brass band rehearsals at the University of Salford, for The Storm Cone artwork app. Photo by Joseph Stevenson
Our exhibition opening at the Museum has been slightly delayed due to storm damage at the building (don’t worry – staff, artworks and collections are all fine!)
While we prepare to re-open safely, you can catch up with the exhibition curators Claire Corrin (Salford Museum) and Stephanie Fletcher (University of Salford) in this new podcast, to find out more about the inspiration behind the project, and what you can expect to see in the gallery.
Commissioned by the University of Salford Art Collection and Metal, The Storm Cone is an immersive artwork by artist Laura Daly with music composed by Lucy Pankhurst, which reveals the lost bandstands in our municipal parks and explores their forgotten histories.
From February 2021, artists Lizzie, Hilary, Jack and Cheddar will be taking over our social media to share behind-the-scenes images of their works in progress! Head over to our instagram @uos_artcollection to follow the posts.
The University of Salford Art Collection and Salford Museum & Art Gallery have commissioned four Salford-based artists Jack Brown, Cheddar Gorgeous, Hilary Jack and Lizzie King to make work for You Belong Here: Artists Rediscovering Salford’s Green Spaces, a new exhibition and events programme.