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Riley Foundation Galley, Salford Quays

Based in Salford Quays in Quayside MediaCity UK (opposite the cinema on the first floor), this small gallery exhibits and sells a range of Harold Riley’s work including original, unique works, rare signed postcards and original ink drawings, as well as a large selection of DVDs and books.
The Gallery is open weekly, on Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00 – 16.00.

Current Exhibitions

Salford Exhibition – From April 2022

The artist Harold Riley has recorded the city of his birth throughout his career. This new exhibition contains works depicting Salford, in a variety of different media including photography. We look forward to seeing you.

Previous exhibitions 

Portrait Exhibition – May 2021 – April 2022

A new exhibition of portraits at the Harold Riley Gallery.

“A great portrait is not a likeness, but it is a statement from the heart of the artist on how he feels about who he is painting. You can feel the heart of the artist being laid out before you” – Harold Riley





Street Dogs Exhibition

Riley Foundation Gallery, Salford Quays

March 2019 – September 2019

Street Dogs is a collection of Riley’s artwork observing the people and the dogs on the streets of Salford, bringing to life everyday images and stories.

The exhibition includes rare oil paintings and original drawings of the dogs of Salford.

Photographic Exhibition  

July 2018

Riley has experimented widely with photography from the different types of cameras, printing processes and paper he has used, to the many subjects he has covered.

The exhibition includes a brief selection of photographs of Salford in the 1960s, bringing to light the early years of Riley’s photographic career. The works combine an artistic interpretation whilst being a reflection upon the time.

A Derbyshire Retrospective

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Derbyshire

12 September 2017 to 25 November 2017

For over 50 years, Harold Riley has spent part of his life at Glutton Bridge in the Dove Valley, accumulating a body of paintings that has never been shown publicly. Shown alongside are sketches made on Saturday mornings in Buxton, mostly of the dogs and their owners in Spring Gardens.

Salford Museum Exhibition

Harold Riley: Salford 1947 to 2012

4 May 2013 to 23 February 2014


Harold Riley has dedicated much of his career to capturing the everyday street life of his home city, Salford. This exhibition is a mini retrospective of these works including oils, watercolours, photographs and drawings, placed next to a selection of portraits of some of the people important to him.