“I’ve been an admirer of Lowry’s work all my life..." Valerie's Story

Adopt A Lowry

Adopt A Lowry

Adopt a Lowry is the ideal way to commemorate a special person or occasion, or to demonstrate your appreciation for one of the most influential and admired artists of our time.


By adopting a Lowry, you will also be making a valuable contribution to the ongoing conservation of this very special collection, helping us continue to share and explore Lowry’s work with the next generation of gallery-goers through our learning and engagement programmes.“


Valerie Hamill's story


"I discovered that the gallery had an Adopt a Lowry scheme to help raise funds to preserve, restore and display the Lowry collection. This is how I came to adopt the Wreck at South Shields 1961 which brought it out from the stores and back on display. I had a very interesting escorted tour of the Lowry archives and stores. 


The Curator was extremely interested in my reasons for selecting this work and in February an unveiling of the work was held at the Gallery, a copy of my photo displayed on the wall next to it explaining my sponsorship.” 


I’ve been an admirer of Lowry’s work all my life – and I remember going to see the wreck of the Adelfotis as a child. To think he was there somewhere at the same time, sketching away, is exciting – and when I heard there was a chance to help preserve his work by adopting this drawing - I didn’t hesitate. It’s a beautiful piece and to have the chance to see it up close has been a real treat. 

Download Valerie's story in the Laing Art Gallery Friends Newsletter (May 2017). (Opens in PDF)

Adopt a drawing or sketch today from just £500, or an oil painting for £1,000

Adopter benefits include:

  • An adoption certificate (or gift certificate) on adoption of the work

  • Adoption of the work for one year – during this time you will be able to visit the work on display in our gallery, or make an appointment to see the piece in our archives

  • Your name proudly credited beside the piece if it is on display in the galleries

  • A private tour of the LS Lowry Collection by the Curator including a visit to the LS Lowry archive where you can see photographs, interviews, letters to and from LS Lowry and even some of the painting tools used by the artist himself.


To find out more about the Adopting A Lowry scheme, please contact Bethan Ward by email or call 0161 876 2162.

Terms and Conditions

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To enquire about a particular work, please fill in the form below or call Bethan Ward on 0161 876 2162.  

Terms and conditions

Adoption of the work does not constitute ownership. Due to the delicate nature of some works, they may not be on permanent public display for the full year adoption. At these times of ‘rest’ and during any periods of conservation, The Lowry will notify the adopter to discuss other ways to publicly acknowledge the adoption that satisfy all parties. This will not affect benefits and the work would still be able to view in the archive by appointment.

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