Why Support Us?
The Lowry is a not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity (number 1053962). We receive only 10% of our income through public funding and rely on the generous support of individuals, companies and charitable trusts and foundations to support our work.
Your support helps us to:
Break down barriers for new audiences to be inspired by great art
We are proud to open our doors to residents and community groups of Salford and our unique Our Lowry scheme gives Salford residents tickets free of charge or at discounted prices. Since launching the scheme we have made around 10,000 tickets available across our whole programme including opera, ballet and drama to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to go to the theatre.
The Lowry Youth Dance Ambassadors scheme is a voluntary scheme for young people with a passion for dance. Our 50 Ambassadors receive free tickets and are trained to review shows and meet and interview visiting artists and choreographers so that they can use their own facebook, twitter feed and tumblr sites to encourage peers and young people nationwide to be inspired by dance.
Our Community and Education team work with grassroots community organisations to deliver projects that really make a difference to the lives of local people. One such project is our work with Salford Young Carers – offering weekend drama workshops for 25 young carers (under the age of 18), providing them with a positive break from their caring responsibilities, the chance to meet other young carers, have fun and to express themselves through drama based workshops.
The Lowry also works hard to take art and artists out into local communities, particularly focussing on the hard to reach communities. Walkabout delivers high quality participant-led arts engagement activities through neighbourhood residencies, giving first time exposure to the richness of the arts.
Nurture talent in young people
We love to nurture the next generation of artistic talent in the North West. From CAT (our Centre for Advanced Training in Dance) to The Young Actors Company – both exist to develop the skills, ambition and employability of the most exciting young talent in the NW through vocational training and innovative performance opportunities. Meeting throughout the school term offers training that enhances confidence and provides experience that will give the young people an ‘added extra’ which is often needed to penetrate the industry.
Develop artists and commission new work
The Lowry Studio is rapidly developing a national reputation as a leading regional incubator for new work and the first point of call for emerging artists and writers. We present over 40 weeks worth of new and emerging companies’ work each year, and work intensively with six nationally selected companies each year offering financial and technical support. Our Associate Company and Associate Artist initiatives offer fledgling theatre companies mentoring and support the opportunity to co-produce and tour with us.
Raise aspirations and provide real routes to employment
Inspired to Aspire is our flagship project that provides skills development and volunteering opportunities for young people who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) or at risk of NEET status. With access to every area of The Lowry (technical, theatres, galleries, marketing, customer services and retail), the initiative provides 300 NEET young people with training opportunities each year.
Provide free creative opportunities for families and children
From sculpture classes to under-5’s First Steps dance workshops our iconic building on Salford Quays is a resource and creative hub for people from all ages and backgrounds to come together and enjoy. Our galleries, family ‘Hit The Deck’ and Family Corner are all open throughout the year for free
Offer extensive curriculum based schools and teachers programmes
No other venue in the North West can offer the range of creative opportunities that are available at The Lowry. With access to two dedicated Classrooms, as well as our Studio spaces, galleries and public spaces we work with Primary, Secondary, Special Needs and Further Education in an extensive programme to support and inspire learning in both visual and performing arts. We also work closely with teachers and open up our public spaces for pupils to perform in.
Bring International quality and local talent
Across our three stages, The Lowry presents over 250 different productions every year across ballet, opera, dance, comedy and drama. Within our work in the theatres, your support helps us to bring the best international work to The Lowry, commission and produce new work and support new young and emerging talent through The Studio.
Find out more…
Click here to see the results of The Lowry Christmas Appeal 2011 - a year long project with Salford Young Carers culminating in this film about their lives.
Click here for a snapshot of a year’s work at The Lowry in our 10th anniversary online annual report.
Click here to see a film about 10 years of creative excellence at The Lowry.