In Focus: Portraiture

New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery

New Adelphi Building University of Salford niversity Road West
Greater Manchester
M5 4BR

Artists: Albert Adams, Claudia Alonso, Ruth Barker, Harry Goodwin, Joe Gregory, Gary Hume, Owen Leong, Rory Mullen, Wang Ningde, Alfonzo Padilla, Stanley Reed, Harold Riley, Julia Scully, Jamie Wilson, Juliet Wood. 'In Focus: Portraiture' explores modern and contemporary portraiture and self-portraiture, from the University of Salford Art Collection. The Chancellor portraits tell the story of some of the people who have shaped the University of Salford. Like many institutions, Salford have a history of commissioning chancellor portraits; in 2015 however, there was a move away from a focus on traditional painting and now students are invited to make new work through paid opportunities. 'Portrait of Chancellor Jackie Kay' (2015) by Rory Mullen, for example, playfully deconstructs the usual formalities of the portrait process, with a hand-made backdrop and robes. From the University’s Art Collection, a range of modern and contemporary portraits explore the social, personal, and economic factors that can shape our sense of identity. 'In Hole' (2006) by Owen Leong borrows aristocratic costumes to question perceptions of class and power; whilst in 'Speech' (2018) by Ruth Barker physically erodes the printed image to represent a disrupted sense of self through the experience of motherhood. Alongside the Collection, a selection of group photographs from the University's Archives offer a window into changing student life throughout the years - from baking classes and sports clubs to a portraiture drawing class in 1928, attended by L.S. Lowry when he studied at Salford. Venue: New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery, New Adelphi Building, University of Salford, University Road West, Salford, M5 4BR Admission: Free Open: Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm (closed bank holidays)

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  • Monday 3rd February 2020 - Friday 15th May 2020 10:00 - 16:00

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