Bury has a strong collection of 19th-century work, including notable landscape paintings by Turner, Landseer, Constable and Clausen.
Bury’s focus on 19th-century work has left the modern collection rather sparse; however there are memorable works by Victor Pasmore, Edward Burra and Patrick Proktor.
At present Bury is actively purchasing contemporary work and collecting pieces relevant to the area’s history, having recently acquired a lithograph by David Hockney of the Bury-born designer, Celia Birtwell. Bury has also been working closely with International 3 art gallery in Manchester, purchasing contemporary works by Rachel Goodyear and Pat Flynn.
The display of the permanent collection changes
intermittently as themed exhibitions draw upon different works. The gallery actively brings out work from its stores to complement programmed talks and events. Bury also hosts a programme of temporary exhibitions of both historical and contemporary work.
The Edwardian building of Bury is a traditional
civic design epitomising 19th-century aims of learning and education. Inside the gallery a neon installation of coloured geometrical lines by Maurizio Nannucci transforms the entrance into a vibrant contemporary venue reflecting Bury’s ambitions for its current collection and plans for the future.