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What is The Lowry? The Lowry is a spectacular new building for the 21st century, it is unlike anything you will have seen before. One visit to The Lowry will demonstrate that this is something else. One look inside and you're hooked. You'll find not one theatre, but two. In the galleries, not only L S Lowry but contemporary art exhibitions as well. There are shops, restaurants and bars.
The galleries open: Sunday - Friday 11.00-17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00
Access to the building is free but charges may apply for exhibitions and events.
The Lowry houses the biggest public collection of works by L S Lowry. In 2000 it was transferred from its original home at Salford Art Gallery that had begun collecting his work in the 1930s. The collection now numbers around 350 paintings and drawings, ranging across Lowry's artistic career. Different works from the collection are shown, alongside pictures loaned from other public and private collections, in changing, themed exhibitions. The Lowry is a place where art and people meet. You can see the best in the visual arts presented in lively and engaging ways. The familiar is juxtaposed with the unfamiliar alongside exhibitions exploring the Lowry collections, there is a programme of modern and contemporary art of diversity and appeal. There are up to 16 exhibitions per year, each generally lasts for 3 months, with occasional shorter projects and events.
Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Performing Arts
Lowry Favourites: A Permanent Display of the Best of LS Lowry
- 1 January 2014 — 31 December 2020 *on now
LS Lowry is one of Britain’s favourite artists. His unique style and personal vision set him apart from the major art movements of his time. Only in recent years is the range and complexity of his work becoming more fully appreciated.
Lowry Favourites brings together a selection of works from the Lowry Collection, which includes over 400 paintings and drawings, alongside important loans from public and private collections around the UK.
- Any age
Akram Khan - One Side to the Other
- 15 November 2014 — 1 February 2015 *on now
Dancer and Choreographer Akram Khan curates the second in our major series of visual arts exhibitions, bringing together sculpture, photography, painting and film, by artists such as Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor.
The exhibition explores Khan’s fascination with the traditional and the contemporary, the spiritual and the grounded, doubt and certainty, light and dark …
A truly unique event, the exhibition will present on selected days a series of exclusive performances, where small groups of visitors are led by dancers on an intimate journey around the works of art.
These performances are free but numbers are limited and demand is expected to be high. Tickets must be pre-booked through The Lowry Box Office. Book your free ticket here.
Behind the Mask
- 20 — 11 January 2015
Behind the Mask, the biggest collection of BAFTA-winning actor portraiture ever assembled, comes to The Lowry for its first time out of London.
Featuring portraits of over one hundred international stars, Behind The Mask is a photographic census of actors and actresses who have won or been nominated for a BAFTA since 1954.
The exhibition is a collaboration between BAFTA Archive & Heritage and renowned celebrity photographer Andy Gotts MBE, who was sent across the globe to photograph subjects including Jeff Bridges, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Sidney Poitier and the late Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams.
Andy Gotts MBE said: “Even though I have been given the title 'celebrity photographer' I have always seen myself as a photographer of actors. I have always been a movie buff and getting the opportunity to meet my matinée idols is beyond a dream come true.
"I specialise in character studies of the face and try to show a new and different side of world famous faces in my ‘warts and all’ style.”
The BAFTA Archive develops, cares for and seeks to make accessible a collection that focuses on the history of the Academy.
- 24 January — 26 April 2015
A swarm of giant ants invade the gallery walls in this extraordinary installation by Colombian artist Rafael Gómezbarros from the Saatchi Gallery, London.
Exploring ideas of displacement and immigration these ants are assembled of two human skull casts invoking thoughts of life and death.
Free Family Sunday
Join us in the galleries on the last Sunday of every month, where you'll discover fun art and drama activities inspired by The Lowry's current exhibitions. Activities are suitable for children aged 5-11. Drop in between 11.00-15.00.
How to obtain
No need to book, just drop in. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the gallery on 0870 7875780.
Light, Texture or Scale Art and Architecture Workshop
Explore The Lowry's architecture: use views in and around the building to improve observational drawing skills, focusing on either light, texture or scale - please indicate your preference when you book. Use different media to show light, texture and scale, and find unusual starting points for drawings.
Learning Objectives: To question starting points; review ideas; to explore visual and tactile elements, pattern, tone, shape and texture; to analyse and evaluate work.
Learning Outcomes: To record accurately from first-hand observation; to manipulate materials more skilfully to represent different features when drawing; to evaluate and discuss artwork with greater confidence.
How to obtain
Sessions are available for up to 35 pupils.
10am-12pm, 1–3pm, 4pm - 6pm or weekends.
Full day workshops are also available, 10am - 3pm.
Cost £100 (£80 for Salford schools).
Full day £200 (£160 Salford schools) unless otherwise stated.
Call 0870 220 2003 to book.
Saturday Playhouse - Make Your Own Art
Colourful and creative workshops to encourage budding young artists to develop new skills and try out exciting ideas that stretch their imagination. Create an exciting work of art using a variety of art and craft ideas, from 3D models and sculptures, to inventive drawing and painting techniques. There is a different activity each week, so come back as often as you like! Workshops take place on Saturdays at 11.00-12.30 and are suitable for children aged 5-11 years.
How to obtain
Book online at www.thelowry.com/WhatsOn/EventDetail.aspx?EventId=3629. Tickets cost £3.50 (£1.75 for Salford residents). Places are limited to 20 so book early to avoid disappointment.
The Lowry Hide and Seek Trail
The Lowry is a huge building with a lot to find and discover. Inside there are theatres, art galleries, a restaurant, cafes and a gift shop. In fact it is so big, five and a half football pitches could fit inside! Use this free downloadable trail of close-up architectural photos to explore The Lowry. Seek out the hidden corners and unusual places and find out more about this exciting building.
Under 5s Art - Doodle Tots
Paint, stick, play and make in this colourful workshop designed especially for toddlers and their parents or carers. Explore art, sound, texture and materials in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can spend time with your tot enjoying creative activities, having fun and getting messy! Sessions are suitable for children aged 2.5-4.5 years and take place on Fridays at 10.00-10.45 or 11.15 in The Studio.
How to obtain
Capacity is 15 per session so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £3.50 (£1.75 Salford residents). Contact email@example.com or 0870 7875780 for more details.