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Saturday 25 May 2019
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Harold Riley

Salford Royal teams up with artist Harold Riley

In a unique collaboration, renowned local artist Harold Riley will display works of art in Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s new hospital building.


The Trust is delighted to announce that a collection of 250 original pieces of art on paper have been prepared – copies of which will be exhibited in corridors, wards and waiting areas in the new Hope Building. The specially commissioned collection has a strong Salford focus across five collections: photographs, monographs, all-year views from above MediaCity, sporting images and portraits of people. Catalogues of the collections will also go on sale.


Hope Building, which is part of Salford Royal’s £200 million redevelopment project, is due to open in the autumn and once completed will house new Accident & Emergency, Renal, Intestinal Failure, Critical Care and Urology facilities. The art project is a culmination of this investment in a radically transformed hospital environment.


Mr Riley, who has a long history of supporting Salford institutions, commented: “I have lived almost all my life with my family within a stone’s throw of this hospital, therefore, it gives me feeling of warmth and compassion to know that people who are doctors, nurses, patients and passers by will see my pictures in such a place.


“My life’s work is simply my heartfelt feelings for what has visually moved me in my life, and showing them on the walls of this hospital is one of the greatest privileges I have known. The people concerned with making it possible know who they are and I would like to thank them and let them know I will be eternally grateful to them.”


Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s Director of Strategy and Development Simon Neville said: “We are really proud to be working with Harold Riley, who is such an acclaimed and well respected artist. People may not imagine a hospital being a place for works of art but we know there are strong links between art and health and well-being.


“This is a really innovative project; I’m unaware of any similar collaboration between such a renowned artist and a hospital, producing a unique and varied collection for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy.


“I know that this is a project that means a huge amount to Harold personally and he has given his time very generously to prepare the collection. These wonderful works of art will complete this fabulous new environment for patients.”


Further information about the art work

Five hundred pieces of Mr Riley’s art will be exhibited. The works of art on public display in the hospital are all replicas. Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust will keep all originals safely locked away.


Copies of the Riley artwork in Hope Building can be obtained from contacting The Riley Archive, Albion Place, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4NL, by phoning 0161 925 9880 or emailing riley.archive@haroldriley.com


More information about Harold Riley

Born in Salford in 1934, Harold Riley sold his first painting to the City Art Gallery when he was 11. At 17, he won a scholarship to the Slade and went on to study in Florence and Spain before returning to Salford, where he has lived ever since. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Salford, Manchester, London and Florence.


His deep affection for his home town cemented a friendship with L S Lowry which began when Riley was a student. Together they worked on a project to record the area and its people, a project which Riley continued until the end of the twentieth century.


Alongside this portrayal of ordinary working lives, Riley developed his reputation as a portraitist of the rich and famous. He has painted popes, American presidents and royalty. His sporting works, particularly golf and football, are also very sought after.


An archive and studio have been created for Riley in a conservation area around the old Fire Station. Here he will continue to work and here his drawings, paintings and photographs of the city will be housed, as well as his extensive collection of sports studies.