The Lowry building is situated in a waterside location in the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester. The building is named in honour of the famous Manchester artist L S Lowry, most known for his “matchstick men” paintings. The building itself can almost be considered a work of art as it has either won or been shortlisted for more than 30 awards.
The Lowry has gathered together the largest collection of works by L S Lowry in the world. There are 400 works in various media including oil paintings, watercolours, pastels and drawings. Most subjects are depicted, from the iconic industrial scenes to portraits, seascapes and landscapes. Of special interest to visitors there is a self portrait and portraits of his parents which he kept in his own collection.
This important collection was begun in the 1930s by Salford Museum and Art Gallery and transferred to its new home in The Lowry in 2000.
A selection of Lowry’s paintings, Lowry Favourites, is permanently displayed in the Galleries. As well as the paintings that are owned by The Lowry, there are paintings and drawings on loan from private collections and from the Lowry Estate.
To complement the exhibition of paintings there is also a collection of material which is of interest to scholars and the public in the Lowry archive. The material on view includes letters to and from Lowry, paint brushes, books about Lowry and audio and video material including interviews with the artist. The archive room which houses this material is only available by prior appointment.
There is a restaurant, cafe and bars and food can be enjoyed on the terraces overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal. Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are available. Wheelchairs are available on loan.
The Lowry is 10 minutes drive from Manchester City Centre, 20 minutes drive from Manchester Airport, and a quarter of a mile from the motorway network, which gives easy access from all over the North West and beyond.
From the M60 take junction 12 for the M602. Then take junction 3 of the M602 to Salford Quays. Follow the brown Lowry logo signs to reach the Lowry Building.
Tel: 0843 208 6000