The Lowry

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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.

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Opening hours

The galleries open: Sunday - Friday 11.00-17.00
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00

Admission charges

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.

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.

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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.

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.

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.

The Lowry
Pier 8
Salford Quays
Greater Manchester
M50 3AZ




0870 111 2000


0161 876 2021

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