Industry Partners

We’re proud of our industry partnerships, and we welcome their support in allowing us to provide wide-ranging opportunities to our students and helping us make an impact on the cultural scene of the north west and beyond.

Thank you to all the organisations who have helped us make WOO: Windows of Opportunity a reality. Here, just a selection of them explain why they chose to get involved.

HOME Manchester

We’re all in an unprecedented situation, and a huge part of ensuring the future of the arts industry is making sure that the incredible talent found in our universities has a chance to shine. So we warmly welcome the University of Salford’s initiative to find ways to keep showcasing the work of graduating students, and all the team here at HOME will be watching with interest to see what new talent emerges.”

Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO of HOME

Hot Bed Press

Hot Bed Press is very pleased to be able to support the new University of Salford site, (WOO), connecting students with the great array of arts organisations and cultural institutions in Salford and Manchester. Never has the cultural landscape seemed so vibrant and exciting, aware of its role, with so much going on and lots of opportunities. The difficulty can be in knowing about all that’s going on around us, keeping abreast of developments, events and collaborations. During difficult times with Covid 19 affecting everyone, the arts has come together and shown itself to be the creative and supportive community it has always been, but doesn’t always shout enough about. 

Hot Bed Press was started 26 years ago by a small group of printmaking graduates and artists wanting somewhere to print. Now the large open workshop is one of the biggest and we think best print workshops in the country. During recent years the connection to the University of Salford has been cemented and strengthened with placements, scholarships, exhibitions and connected thinking. We are proud to be a bridge from the all encompassing and nurturing environment of university life to the wider world and cultural landscape of the North West arts scene, and every year we welcome new undergraduates to our membership, to become part of our every growing ‘extended family’.

Sean Rorke, Artistic Director, Hot Bed Press

University of Salford Art Collection

As a curator with 25 years experience of working in museums, galleries and with collections and artists I understand how important networks are to developing a career in the arts. In 2020 Covid 19 has made us re-evaluate how we connect across and beyond the sector. As we adapt to a world dominated by social/physical distancing and face masks, without the traditional private views, public lectures and in real life events, we need to find new ways of connecting, and particularly to ensure new talent has an opportunity to shine.  

I’m delighted to support my colleagues in the School of Arts and Media with WOO, which will help our industry partners connect with our graduating students. 

Lindsay Taylor, Curator, University of Salford Art Collection

National Museums Liverpool

Even before the impact of lockdown, the move from art school into a self-supported environment provided numerous challenges for the graduate artist. The final degree show is one of the events that marks and supports that transition, bringing the emerging artists and their work into contact with one of their largest potential audiences outside the public gallery network. The shows are an opportunity to celebrate, reflect and hopefully to pause for breath, and for peers, curators and collectors to engage with a vast and diverse range of work.

The energy at the degree shows is palpable – the very opposite of isolation. It is that buzz, arising from the encounters between the audience, the artworks and their makers, that makes these events so unique. This year’s graduates have had to find innovative new ways of creating those encounters. I hope that the necessity to exhibit virtually will bring their work to the widest possible attention, and that people will take the opportunity to seek it out in the flesh in the future when a semblance of normality returns. Huge congratulations to everyone on your achievements throughout this highly demanding time – you can be rightly proud of all that you have accomplished.

Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art, National Museums Liverpool

Paradise Works

To launch your creative practice right now takes some guts, but to have continued shaping your work and learning about your creative identity in the midst of a global pandemic takes nerves of steel. Remember to talk about how you overcame this often, and now that you have shown yourself that you can make your work in the toughest of times, do not forget that your creativity is powerful. At Paradise Works we know this fortitude, self-drive and adaptability are so important in developing a sustainable career in the arts, so congratulations to the class of 2020 – you have this in bags. We look forward to seeing your work, both now and in the years to come!

Lucy Harvey, Paradise Works

PAPER Gallery

Each year I am filled with anticipation around summer to view the work of the latest crop of graduates. The works are always challenging; brimming with exuberance and vitality. It is pleasure to see, and as both an artists and gallerist, it is what keeps me fresh and continues to inspire the work I do. It is pleasure to seek out the potential, looking for an artist to follow and support over the coming years. Graduate work is always relevant and reflects a dizzying period of production. It can be raw, but filled with energy and this year is no different. Starved of exhibitions from weeks of lockdown, the chance to view the creative endeavours of this year’s graduates is a real treat and one I’ve been greatly looking forward to.

David Hancock, PAPER Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery

Congratulations to all the students in the School of Arts and Media. It is wonderful to see such creativity and variety in the work featured. This site is an exciting channel through which to connect the School of Arts and Media, the city’s galleries, networks, creative industries and all our creative communities.

Manchester Art Gallery was initiated as an educational institution by artists in 1823 to ensure that the city and all its people grow with creativity, imagination, health and productivity. Our mission today is to be a place of civic thinking and public imagination, which promotes art as a means to achieve social change. Moreover we are an art school for everybody and for life. Art school graduates are such an important part of our city’s arts ecology and key constituents for us as a gallery. We look forward to seeing their practices develop and flourish and to connect with them in the future.  

Natasha Howes, Senior Curator, Manchester Art Gallery