Salford Royal Academy Takeover

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

Salford Royal Academy Takeover at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester 19 May 2018 — 24 February 2019 Entrance is free — Visit now

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.

Salford Royal Academy Takeover at Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Manchester 19 May 2018 — 24 February 2019 Entrance is free Visit now

Where to go near Salford Royal Academy Takeover

Laura Daly: The Storm Cone at Peel Park, Salford
The Storm Cone, Peel Park

The Storm Cone is a digital artwork and soundscape by artist Laura Daly and composer Lucy Pankhurst, which simulates lost park bandstands and explores their forgotten histories.

Music venue
Peel Hall

One of a few remaining Gothic concert halls in the United Kingdom. It has tiered seating for 370 and is housed in the Peel Building which stands at the front of the Peel Park Campus.

Peel Park

Peel Park in Salford is the oldest public park in Britain and the first of three to be opened in 1846.

Centenary Building

One of The University of Salford’s School of Arts and Media facilities. The Centenary Building won the RIBA Award and Stirling Prize in 1996 and the Civic Trust Award in 1997.

Old Pint Pot

This lively spot could be considered a jack of all trades – pub, restaurant, events space and live music venue.

The Crescent Pub, Salford. Courtesy The Crescent Pub
Bar or Pub
The Crescent

A Salford stalwart, this pub’s architecture and long-serving listing in the Camra Good Beer Guide meaning it’s much more than simply a student dive

GK Gallery

This Chapel Street gallery and tea room hosts 8-12 week long exhibitions giving emerging artists a chance to showcase their work.

Salford Makers SHOP, Chapel Street
Chapel Street
Salford Makers SHOP

Support your local independent creatives! This November, a currently dormant sales office on Chapel Street in Salford is being transformed into a pop-up shop where you will be able to meet artists and makers, buy their products and get involved in making.

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