Peter Scott Gallery

Peter Scott Gallery is a constituent part of Lancaster Arts, the cross-arts organisation based at Lancaster University. In addition to its offsite participation and engagement projects, Lancaster Arts presents work in the Nuffield Theatre, Great Hall and Peter Scott Gallery.

A gallery was first established on Lancaster University campus in 1974; the current gallery opened in 1988 and is an Accredited museum and one of the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations as part of Lancaster Arts. Peter Scott Gallery is named after philanthropist Peter F. Scott, CBE and provides a distinctive cultural offer to the University community and wider public through its collection and temporary exhibitions.

The gallery houses a growing international art collection which features work by contemporary artists; 20th century British, European and Chinese artists; and one the most significant collections of Pilkington’s Tile & Pottery Company material in the UK. By working with Lancaster University and the Peter Scott Gallery Charitable Trust, the Lancaster Arts team care for and continue to develop the collection which began in the 1960s.

Since the gallery became part of Lancaster Arts in late 2009, we have commissioned and exhibited 100s of contemporary artists including Franko B, Mel Brimfield, Rebecca Chesney, Tim Etchells, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Rachel Goodyear, Andy Holden, Peter Liversidge and Wu Chi Tsung. We look forward to welcoming many more artists and visitors to the gallery in the next 10 years and hope you will join us for the journey.

Although the Peter Scott Gallery collection is not on permanent display, it is regularly featured in temporary exhibitions as part of the Lancaster Arts programme.

Contact for information about works currently on display or to view collection objects by appointment.

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Main Image: Move, Peter Scott Gallery, 2019.