The collection includes prints, paintings and sculpture by key figures of twentieth-century British art including Norman Adams, Patrick Caulfield, Elizabeth Frink, Kenneth Martin, Winifred Nicholson and St Ives School artists Sir Terry Frost, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Barbara Hepworth and William Scott. The Gallery also holds prints by major European artists including the ‘Constellations’ series by Joan Miró and works by Picasso.
Art has always been part of life at Lancaster, and the University began to build up an art collection in the late 60s in the years following its foundation. Focusing initially on works by contemporary British artists, particularly artists’ original prints and sculpture, the collection continued to grow, notably through British and European paintings and prints from the Irène Manton Bequest in 1988 and a gift of further works previously owned by Manton in 1995. In the twenty-first century, we have continued to grow the collection through donations, and through acquiring and commissioning work form contemporary artists exploring themes and issues that resonate with our past and matter to our future.