Poppy, Esme, Oleanna, Gracie and Kate, 2014. Personal Feeling is the main thing - Chantal Joffe at The Lowry, Salford

Salford Royal Academy Takeover

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

The Royal Academy of Arts may be based in London, but its current roster of 80 elected Academicians (including Sonia Boyce, Isaac Julien, Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Cornelia Parker, Sir Antony Gormley and Tacita Dean) are certainly not all capital-dwellers, and neither were their predecessors. To mark its 250th birthday, the globally-renowned institution has launched a nationwide programme of exhibitions, displays, tours, talks and one-off events presented with Art Fund support, which look back on a quarter-of-a-millennium of making, debating and exhibiting art, and celebrate the more than 650 leading artists and architects that have helped shape its story so far. Here we take a look at what’s happening in Salford – home of RA LS Lowry and now a growing independent art scene.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The Royal Academy Takeover: The Exhibition

    William Roberts RA, Combat, 1966. Image courtesy of Art UK
    William Roberts RA, Combat, 1966. Image courtesy of Art UK

    The Royal Academy Takeover: The Exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester, 30 June 2018–24 February 2019, free entry - Visit now

    Salford Museum & Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall delve into their collections to present a two-part exhibition featuring significant prints, drawings and sculptures by former Royal Academicians as part of a nationwide programme marking the institution’s 250th birthday.

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William Roberts RA, Combat, 1966. Image courtesy of Art UK
Exhibitions 30 June 2018–24 February 2019, FREE

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Sixteen at The Horsfall. Photo by Craig Easton
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