Salford Royal Academy Takeover

30 June 2018 – Sunday 24 February 2019

This year (2018), Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Ordsall Hall and The Lowry are bringing The Royal Academy to Salford to celebrate the institution’s 250th anniversary, made possible with Art Fund support.

Museums and galleries across the UK will take part in a nationwide programme of talks, events and exhibitions entitled RA250.

Founded in 1768, The Royal Academy of Arts exists to promote art and artists. Led by world leading practicing artists and architects, they do this through exhibitions including their annual summer show, education and debate. Royal Academicians are voted in by their peers and make up some of the greatest names in painting, printmaking, sculpture and architecture.

Did you know that we hold many magnificent works by Royal Academicians in Salford’s collections? Some of which have not been on public display for a number of years.

The Royal Academy Takeover: The Exhibition will pick out the hidden gems from the collections and runs over both our venues. At Salford Museum & Art Gallery you will be able to see household names including L.S Lowry, David Hockney and Elizabeth Frink, while we introduce you to some lesser known Royal Academicians through painting, print and sculpture. The works from our collections will be complimented by loans from the Royal Academy, The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery and the University of Salford. Loans have been made possible through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund.

Please note the Royal Academy Takeover exhibition at Ordsall Hall will be on display from Sunday 20 May to Sunday 7 October. Find out more.

Also look out for…

The Royal Academy Highlight Trail will pick out Royal Academicians featured in our permanent exhibitions, including paintings in the Victorian Gallery and ceramics in the Pilkington’s Lancastrian Pottery exhibition.

Available from August.

Meanwhile, there are two exhibitions taking place at The Lowry. On Saturday 19 May Chantal Joffe RA presents Personal Feeling is the Main Thing(link is external), a collection of fearless paintings that confront the physicality of the human body and the complexities of human emotions. In December, the academy’s own collection of Lowry’s work will go on display within the permanent LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist exhibition.


Caption: The Grey Dress, 1884 by Walter Sickert


Further information
  • Opening hours Monday – Friday 10.00am – 4.45pm. Saturdays and Sundays 1.00pm – 5.00pm
  • Location: Peel Park, The Crescent, Salford M5 4WU
  • The museum is located next to Salford University and is approximately a 20 minute walk from central Manchester, via Chapel Street to the crescent
  • Contact tel 0161 745 9490
  • Admission free