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Date: 05/04/03, updated on 04/01/10 (427 review reads)
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Born in Manchester in 1887, he spent the rest of his life in nearby Salford, earning his living as a rent collector. As a painter he developed his own distinctive style by the 1920's. He concentrated on the life around him, his works depicting northern life in the industrial towns. He also painted some remote landscapes and seascapes as well as several portraits.
L.S. Lowry died in 1976. In 1997 the lottery fund came up with money for the gallery and in April 2000 it opened it's doors. Last month I paid my first visit and was well impressed. The building itself is spectacular, made of glass and chrome, it is set in a magnificent waterside location on the redeveloped Salford Quays in the heart of the docklands.
INSIDE/THE CURRENT EXHIBITION
The building houses the biggest collection of Lowry paintings and drawings, some 350 in all. The current exhibition showing until the end of this month was a bit of an eye opener. Titled "Lowry's Travels" one realises that the fame of those industrial scenes led to the relative neglect of pictures he produced elsewhere. This exhibition is about those other places Lowry visited from Cornwall to the northern most parts of Scotland. The exhibition is divided into sections, each devoted to a different geographical area. Wales, the north east, the midlands and south west feature largely in the exhibition.
As well as the Lowry exhibition there is an excellent and humerous display of black and white photographs by Grace Robertson. Her theme is everyday life and her subjects everyday people taken over the last 70 years. The local W.I. taking a trip to the fair in the 50's, wedding receptions and pub outings all make for good viewing. Also showing is a Scottish Art Ex
hibition from 1750 to 2000; a collection of around 40 paintings.
As well as the galleries there are 2 theatres, The Lyric has a large, modern feel and the smaller, more intimate Quays is liked for it's atmosphere. There is an excellent season's programme including The Blue Room, Of Mice and Men and Henry V as well as many childrens' shows.
To compliment the art, The Lowry caters for all taste. There is a coffee shop which also serves sandwiches and pastries or you can dine at the Terrace Cafe Bar which has lovely waterside views. Dinner came be taken in The Lowry Restaurant.
ROUND AND ABOUT
When visiting The Lowry you are in a prime location for not only visiting the quayside but the new designer outlet across the way, The Imperial War Museum and for those that must Manchester United's Museum and Tour. All are within easy reach of Manchester city centre and all served by the more than efficient tram service.
Lowry would have been a very proud man had this place been built in his life time. "And now he sits and waits outside them factory gates to paint those matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs"
L.S. Lowry 1887-1976. God bless!
Summary: Lowry Gallery in Salford
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