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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 — 31 December 2014 *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
In the Frame: Dance on Film
- 8 March — 27 July 2014 *on now
Dance on Film presents the genre of dance via a selection of films made by visual artists, choreographers and dance companies, redefining the idea of the moving image and constructing a new stage for dance.
From New York City Ballet’s New Beginnings - a moving film for two dancers shot at dawn at World Trade Centre 4 in New York in 2013; to a documentary that charts the lives of two principal ballet dancers who have been partners in life and dance for over 50 years.
We are also very proud to present the critically acclaimed All This Can Happen by Siobhan Davies and David Hinton, a film made entirely from early archive photographs and footage from the earliest days of cinema.
- Any age
Jonathan Yeo - Portraits
- 15 March — 29 June 2014 *on now
Jonathan Yeo is one of Britain best portrait painters, especially well known for his paintings of performers, artists and politicians.
Many of his most famous subjects have been brought together in this new exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery. From Kevin Spacey, acting as Richard III; Damien Hirst, dressed incongruously in chemical protection suit; to Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Parkinson, Grayson Perry and Idris Elba. The exhibition includes additional paintings, drawings and preparatory materials especially for The Lowry.
Yeo is self-taught, taking up painting whilst recovering from Hodgkin’s disease in his early 20s. He became known as a contemporary portraitist in the late 1990s, exhibiting frequently at the National Portrait Gallery.
His best known work includes a world weary Tony Blair painted at the very end of his premiership, an iconic painting of Erin O’Connor and now familiar images of Prince Philip, and Dennis Hopper, some of which feature in this exhibition.
Yeo is also known for his collage treatments of famous faces, including George W Bush. Made entirely from pornographic magazines, it marked a new direction in his work which culminated in two exhibitions, ‘Blue Period’ (2008) and ‘Porn in the USA’ (2010).
His most recent body of work explores developments in cosmetic surgery and the lengths people are prepared to go in the pursuit of youth and beauty. Yeo's work is in the Royal Collection, the National Portrait Gallery and the House of Commons art collection.
See more of Jonathan’s work here
Thank you to Barefoot Wines for supporting the Jonathan Yeo – Portraits exhibition launch.
- Any age
Here's One We Made Earlier
- 19 July — 12 October 2014
Uncle Caractacus, Muffin the Mule, Andy Pandy, Teletubbies, Crackerjack, Newsround, Blue Peter... our childhoods have been definedby the broadcasts we first encountered as children.
This major exhibition explores the story of over 90 years of BBC Children's broadcasting, from 1922, when the BBC launched Children's Hour, right up to the present multi-media moment.
Fun, engaging, interactive, and full of famous presenters past and present, Here's one we made earlier will reflect shifting perceptions of children in society, from toddlers who were asked to 'sit comfortably' in front of the family wireless, to today's children who take centre stage on air and online.
- Any age
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0870 7875780 for more details.