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Wednesday 27 October 2021
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Salford Royal celebrates work of Harold Riley

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Harold Riley stood infront of some of his art hung on the wall

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust celebrated the work of renowned local artist Harold Riley with a private view for invited guests.  


With a guest list including Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, the event showcased the art Mr Riley has donated to the hospital for displaying in wards, waiting areas and corridors in the new Hope Building.


The exhibition featured 250 pieces across five categories: Salford pictures, portraits, views from MediaCity across the landscape, photographs and sporting images, plus some extra sketches of nursing staff Mr Riley created during a recent stay at Salford Royal. 


Mr Riley grew up close to the hospital and has a long history of supporting Salford institutions. His collaboration with the Trust is extremely pioneering and innovative.


Hope Building, which is part of Salford Royal’s £200 million redevelopment project, houses new Accident & Emergency, Renal, Intestinal Failure, Critical Care and Urology facilities.  


The Trust invited Salford Online to the event. To view their coverage click on this link to view the online video.


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.


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Simon Neville and Lindsay McCluskie stood infront of art
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David Dalton with Anne Symons
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Jim Potter with Hazel Blears
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Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton laughing
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Harold Riley with Sir Alex Ferguson
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Musicians at Harold Riley event