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ArakiThe Superlative Artistry of Japan

Saturday 18 January to Sunday 19 April 2020

This exhibition presents a collection of works from a range of different genres that each place great emphasis on highly skilled techniques, ingenious concepts and a high level of perfection that takes viewers by surprise.

Introducing elaborate Meiji era (1868 – 1912) kogei (craft) works as a starting point, the exhibition showcases numerous contemporary works of superlative artistry, in addition to a selection of capsule toy figures and food samples, all of which demonstrate a strong commitment to craftsmanship in Japan.

This exhibition is curated by and co-presented with the Japan Foundation with advice from Yuji Yamashita. Celebrating the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20.

To help celebrate the exhibition we have invited Fine Art students from the University of Salford to create work in response to individual pieces in the exhibition. These are on display alongside the exhibition until 19 April.

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Ian McKay

Collier Street Baths – Ian McKay

Saturday 14 December 2019 to Sunday 26 April 2020

Artist Ian McKay has found the abandoned gem of Collier Street Baths a constant source of interest. The Italianate brick building is Grade II listed and was designed by Thomas Worthington who is considered one of Manchester’s greatest 19th century architects.

McKay’s artwork focuses on elements of the building’s exterior architecture reflecting its palette, beauty and splendour. His collection of drawings and colour studies completed on location provided him with the resource material to complete this series of paintings. The work offers a visual celebration of Salford’s social history and heritage for all.

Head of an ape

A-Z of Salford’s Collections

Langworthy Gallery
Saturday 16 March 2019 to Sunday 21 February 2021

Follow the alphabet through Salford’s collections as we take you on a journey from an Ape to the zodiac.

Each section of the collection has been explored to share some intriguing items; from paintings and decorative art, to costume and social history. Do you know how Victorian gentlemen protected their moustaches from tea? Did you know we hold a monarch’s pair of stockings in the collections – but whose? Visit the exhibition to find out!

This exhibition will continue with an updated display from Saturday 14 March 2020. Some favourites such as the Buddha and the doll’s house are returning alongside new objects and artworks to showcase the collection.