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Feb 5, 2013 / 9 notes

No horsing around for Graphic Design students and staff


A group of eleven University of Salford staff and BA (Hons) Graphic Design students are to exhibit their typography works at Northern Quarter pub The Bay Horse, in partnership with the student-led project Salford Type Foundry.

H is for Horse is the third art exhibition to be displayed at The Bay Horse. Ali Gunn, BA (Hons) Visual Arts graduate, approached University of Salford lecturer Tash Willcocks to co-curate the show after being wowed by the HOME exhibition in Cornerhouse’s café and bar last June. Using the simple theme of ‘horse’, Ali and Tash have asked the artists to choose a letter from the pub’s name to express themselves and their creative abilities through a typographic interpretation.

Commenting on wanting to work alongside the University, Ali said: “Having studied at Salford, but never getting a chance to work with the Graphics students, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for collaboration. I was really impressed with the Salford Type Foundry, as it lays open the creativity and technicality that comes with producing type faces whilst offering humour, diversity and uniqueness”. Tash went on to say: “This is an excellent experience for the Graphic Design staff and students to work together on designing a set of posters to be shown in an alternative environment. It’s good to get the work out into Manchester city centre in a relaxed environment, where the public can easily engage with it”.

Saddle up and see their equestrian inspired works when H is for Horse launches Wed 6th February between 6-9pm at The Bay Horse, 35-37 Thomas Street, M4 1NA. Exhibition continues until Mon 6th May.

And follow Salford Type Foundry on Twitter for all their latest typography insights!

Jan 31, 2013
Current BA (Hons) Graphic Design students are collaborating with prolific Manchester based studios DR.ME and SAVWO on a live project, Edition, resulting in workshop based activities followed by a three day pop-up exhibition.

For the last two weeks, a disused space in the centre of Manchester has become a temporary powerhouse studio, as the students work alongside the design studios to produce a flurry of prints, zines, drawings, paintings and postcards all in limited runs. Using Manchester Print Workshop screen prints from the 1970s and 80s as a key influence, the finished works will be on show and for sale to the public at 4B Piccadilly Place between Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd February.

Edition curator, and University of Salford Events Officer, Kit Turner said: “It’s great that Edition brings a new perspective on the collection of screen prints held at the University, and the collaboration between young Manchester designers and students has produced some amazing work.”

Join us for the preview on Friday 1st February 6-9pm. For more information on the Edition project, click here.

Jan 30, 2013 / 3 notes

Visual Art students curate major new exhibition


Five of our BA (Hons) Visual Arts students have come together to curate a major exhibition, soon to be on show in central Manchester. Led by final year student Rafael Perez, The Espy Experience is the first of an ongoing artist led mission termed Metanoia, which means ‘The journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self or way of life’.

Working alongside fellow students Frida Cooper, Natalie Jervis, Thomas Greenstreet and Benjamin McChrystal Plimmer, they’ve organised every element of the exhibition themselves – from sourcing the venue to organising insurance and installing the work. The final show will include sculpture, installation, photography and performance from all of the students, each considering their personal metanoia as they progress from undergraduates to professional contemporary artists.

The content of the work is still under wraps though as the team are keen for visitors to walk into the exhibition in a “blind-mode”, unaware of what they’re about to encounter. See for yourself what their metanoia has produced when the exhibition launches at 4 Piccadilly Place on Friday 15th February between 6-9pm:

May 31, 2012 / 10 notes


Our Graphic Design students are putting on the Not So Secret Salford Show in Manchester’s Northern Quarter at hip new creative venue, 2022NQ very soon…keep your eyes on for more updates and in the meantime join in on the Facebook page by telling us your biggest secret…

Mar 28, 2012 / 3 notes

1984 Looks Like This

BA (Hons) Graphic Design students were recently asked to create designs for George Orwell’s prolific ‘1984’ book cover, as part of an ongoing exhibition at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.  Exhibition organizer and photographer, David Dunnico has documented the rise of CCTV surveillance in a series of graphic black and white images over a number of years. Alongside this, Dunnico has built up a collection of editions and ephemera about George Orwell’s 1984, showing how the book’s changing covers reiterate how every new generation of readers find Orwell’s work increasingly relevant to their own times. 

All of this work has been brought together in a new exhibition ‘1984 Looks Like This' showing at Salford Museum and Art Gallery. Student’s work will be shown along side David’s back catalogue of photos and collection of 1984 pieces. David said:

"When researching the cover design of 1984, I realised how many fans had produced their own designs – and some of these were better than some of the actual covers I had collected. There are a lot of people who produce work and not enough places to show it. When people are starting out it’s hard to get together enough work to make a solo show, so the chance to design something ‘real’ and tangible is good experience.” 

The exhibition is free to enter and runs until Sunday 1st July, 2012. To see the full collection of designs by our students, please check out the gallery on our Facebook Page

Mar 20, 2012

'Colouredge' - An exhibition of colour from the Littleborough landscape.

31 March – 16 June 2012

Private View: Friday 30 March 6pm – 8pm

As part of Littleborough Arts Festival’s 10th Anniversary public art commission, artists Maxine Kennedy and Salford lecturer, Paul Haywood are designing a bespoke selection of colours that will represent the Pennine edge. They have recorded a range of colours; capturing the richly diverse and intense hues of both urban and rural landscapes.

The artists are fascinated by environments and horizons that evidence the unique identity of a location through traces of colour that have been weathered by natural processes, human interactions and ambient conditions.

The exhibition will transform the gallery space into an oversize colour swatch and provide an opportunity for visitors to find out more about the project.

See their website for more info at:

Touchstone Rochdale Art Gallery

The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ

01706 924492

Admission free

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Mar 19, 2012

Salford New Blood Exhibition

“New Blood” is an independent group of innovative contemporary artists working out of the BA (Hons) Visual Arts course at the University of Salford; sharing ideas and challenging perspectives. The group has formed to create a fresh new approach to showing art in a large central space; making contemporary art accessible to the public in the North West.

This is the first group show of its kind to take place at The Triangle, Manchester. An exciting collection of contemporary paintings, photographs, sculpture, installation and performance art are all brought together in one large gallery space.

Please take time to ponder and wonder, question and be challenged and above all, enjoy the wit, energy and creativity the exhibition offers. 

Venue: The Triangle, Exchange Square, Manchester, M4 3TR.

Open: 19th-28th March - Monday to Saturday 10am until 5pm, Sunday 12 noon until 4pm.

For more info please see the Facebook event

Feb 23, 2012 / 6 notes

Salford Carnival

Our Graphic Design students will be bringing all the fun of the fair to Islington Mill next week when they showcase the best of their work to creative agencies from across the North West.

‘Salford Carnival’ will celebrate the talent of more than 100 students from the our BA Graphic Design and MA Communication Design courses as they exhibit their impressive portfolios and invite employers to enjoy a cornucopia of fairground fun including the wheel of fortune, tarot reading, juggling, magic and even a bearded lady!

Students will also get one-to-one feedback on their work and advice from designers from some of the region’s top agencies in special curiosity booths, along with larger Q&A sessions.

The carnival has been organised in conjunction with Designers Northern Alliance, a body bringing together design students, academics and industry for networking opportunities. 2011’s event saw three students offered full-time jobs and 20 students secure industry placements and Joanne Greenhalgh, Graphic Design lecturer, is hoping that it will be even more successful this time round.

“Organising engagement events such as this are beneficial to both our students and the local creative industry,” she said. “The students get advice and guidance from key companies which informs their practice and helps to further develop their career aspirations, while businesses that get involved have the opportunity to scout for new talent.

Salford Carnival runs from 3pm-late on Thursday 1st March at Islington Mill.

For further details and to register attendance please visit:

If you’re a creative agency or designer and want to get involved in offering portfolio surgeries or workshops then please contact Sophie Williamson on 

Feb 13, 2012 / 3 notes

Research + Practice Symposium

- How important is research in practice?

- Do designers still use sketchbooks?

- Is there enough time to work on projects that are not profit driven?

These issues will be debated by key members of the design community 

and academic staff from the School of Art and Design in this symposium.

Keynote Speakers

Nick Hard + Jeff Knowles - Planning Unit

Planning Unit will be joined afterwards for a panel discussion, Q+A on the topic of research and practice by:

Mark Janson - Creative Managing Director, Eskimo Creative

Paul Heys - Educator + Graphic Designer, University of Huddersfield

John Rooney + Tim Isherwood - University of Salford, School of Art and Design

Date: 29/02/12

Location: University of Salford Media City Building. Room 2.36, 2-4pm.

Entry is free but spaces are limited, please contact Sophie Williamson to confirm attendance:

Feb 6, 2012 / 4 notes

'ei8ht' - MA Final Show

The exhibition ‘ei8ht’ is a group of eight contemporary artists working individually with different backgrounds and styles. Two years of working together within a shared studio space on MA programmes at the School of Art and Design has come to an end. Sharing ideas, conversations and techniques daily has allowed them to share inspirations and work towards a final group show to mark the end of their shared cohort. This final group show will reveal to the public a range of contrasting styles and mediums brought together as ei8ht, marking the transition of eight fellow students into eight emerging and individual artists. 

The exhibition preview will take place at BlankSpace gallery on Thursday 23rd February, 6-9pm and runs until the 11th March.