Charitable Trusts & Foundations play a vital role in the life of The Lowry and support our core work and specific projects.

Partnerships with Trusts & Foundations enable The Lowry to continue delivering high quality engagement projects, commission new work and extend our ongoing community, education and outreach programme. We are currently seeking to attract Trust and Foundation support for:

• Our extensive community and education programme reaching 30,000 participants each year.
• Our groundbreaking Walkabout Outreach Programme across the City of Salford.
• Programmes of work and skills development with NEET young people.
• The Lowry Studio as an incubator for new work, supporting emerging companies and artists.
• The Galleries, making them free and accessible to all as well as promoting LS Lowry and attracting new and exciting artists to exhibit.
• Our international programme in The Lyric and Quays Theatres.
• Ongoing enhancements of our backstage facilities and technical work.
• Capital improvements to our iconic landmark building and ongoing care of the fabric of the building.

The Lowry Centre Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organisation and a registered charity (number 1053962). We receive only 6% of our income through public funding and rely on the generous support of individuals, companies and charitable trusts and foundations to support our work. All income supports our world-class Theatres and Galleries programme, the care and display of the LS Lowry collection and our life-changing Learning & Engagement work.

Case Studies

Studio Artist Development Programme

Through the generous support of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Studio Artist Development Programme is a multi-tiered model of support that aims to develop the knowledge, skills and practice of the next generation of theatre makers.  Support ranges from seminars and masterclasses for early career artists in our Studio Member scheme, moving to year-long packages of financial support, resources, mentoring and professional development for Developed With The Lowry artists/companies and longer term relationships, capacity building and organisational development with our Associate Artists.

Companies on the artist development programme during 2014/15 are Theatre ad Infinitum, Kill The Beast, Idle Motion, Tuheen Huda, Fergus Evans, Laura Lindow and The Wrong Crowd and funding has enabled these artists to identify areas for development, and access the best support to meet their needs. Associate artists Kill The Beast enjoyed a sell-out run of He Had Hairy Hands at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and are currently touring their acclaimed show The Bog Who Kicked Pigs. Idle Motion are currently touring That is All you need to Know, before the world-premiere of their sixth production Shooting with Light at the New Diorama Theatre in London. Theatre Ad Infinitum’s latest production Light will perform at the London International Mime Festival in January 2015 before embarking on a UK tour.    


The Booth Charities

The Lowry has received immeasurable support from the Booth Charities, Salford, over the years, most recently with a three-year Grant to support our life-changing work with Looked After Children and Young People across Salford. A generous grant from the Booth Charities will contribute to transport costs, workshop leaders and materials, to deliver a project which will enable these vulnerable young people to express themselves creatively, explore important issues, develop key skills and access the arts.

Early Years work

The Lowry has received regular support from Key 103 Cash for Kids, for some of our Early Years activities in Sure Start centres across Salford, and most recently a project working with Young Parents and their children to explore reading and storytelling in a creative and fun environment.

A generous grant from The People’s Postcode Trust earlier this year has helped us to supply materials and professional artists to deliver creative storytelling, drama and movement sessions to pre-school children and toddlers in Sure Start Centres across the most deprived areas in Salford. Funds have enabled professional artists to deliver the workshop sessions, giving these children and their parents/ guardians access to a high-quality arts provision, and activities to aid communication and creative development.

To find out more contact The Lowry’s Development Team on 0161 876 2123 or fill in the form below.