The Lowry

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The Lowry is one of the largest multi-arts centres in the UK. It welcomes more than 840,000 people through its doors each year – making it Greater Manchester’s most popular visitor attraction.

It houses three theatre stages (the 1,700-seat Lyric Theatre, the 500-seat Quays Theatre and a 150-seat Studio), three main gallery spaces, a variety of conference rooms (for hire), a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, gift shop and dedicated learning / family facilities.

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Opening hours

Sunday - Friday 11.00-17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00

Admission charges

Access to the building and the galleries is free of charge.

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.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Performing Arts

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Right Here, Right Now

  • 14 November 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

A major new exhibition providing a thought provoking snapshot of contemporary digital art. Featuring the work of 16 international artists, Right Here, Right Now looks at how technology affects our lives - through surveillance, artificial intelligence, voyeurism or online dating.

Created in the last five years, their critical, playful and illuminating artworks challenge our understanding of the digital systems that surround us, while making visible those that are hidden. Prepare to re-think your increasingly connected digital life.


Lightwaves 2015

  • 12 — 27 December 2015

Get lost in a maze of magical illuminations and reflections as Lightwaves 2015 takes over The Quays’ public spaces with a free digital light festival for all to enjoy.

Featuring three major installations from international artists, as well as pop-up performances, make-your-own-artwork workshops, enlightening artist talks and an online performance, Lightwaves 2015 is bigger than ever – and completely free!

Lightwaves 2015 follows on from the success of Squidsoup’s Aeolian Light in December 2014, a Quays Culture commission that has since toured the world and was a finalist of the prestigious Lumen Prize 2015.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

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 or 0870 7875780 for more details.

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 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 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.

The Lowry
Pier 8
Salford Quays
Greater Manchester
M50 3AZ




0870 111 2000


0161 876 2021

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