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View of the Lowry from Media City. Photo by Zarrion Walker
View of the Lowry from Media City. Photo by Zarrion Walker

Days Like These – exhibition wants stories of Salford during lockdown

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The Lowry is planning a major online exhibition, Days Like These, exploring the experiences of people living in Salford during the coronavirus lockdown.

The art’s centre is calling for Salford residents to share their experiences of COVID-19 via stories, artwork, films, performances, poems and photographs.

Michael Simpson, director of visual arts at The Lowry, said: “Days Like These will bring together contributions from the people of Salford alongside works by LS Lowry himself.

L.S. Lowry, Market Scene, Northern Town 1939 © The Lowry Collection, Salford
L.S. Lowry, Market Scene, Northern Town 1939 © The Lowry Collection, Salford

“Lowry celebrated ordinary people living ordinary lives. He painted crowded streets and empty landscapes – capturing moments of community and isolation. Everyone has had a different experience of COVID-19 and we want to give everyone an opportunity to tell their story”.

L.S. Lowry, The Lake, 1937
L.S. Lowry, The Lake, 1937

Market Scene, Northern Town (1939), Going to Work (1959), House on the Moor (1950) and The Lake (1951) are among the artworks by LS Lowry that will feature in the exhibition.

L.S. Lowry Going to Work © The Lowry Collection, Salford
L.S. Lowry Going to Work © The Lowry Collection, Salford

Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, adds: “The arts provide a unique outlet for people to express themselves and better understand what’s going on around them – and it’s important we capture those emotions, responses and creations while they are fresh in the minds of our community.

“We hope people who experience this exhibition – either online or in person when possible – will find it helps support their recovery, physically and mentally, from the pandemic.”

Days Like These Launches online on Wednesday, 1 July 2020 and will be shown in the art centre’s gallery whenever the centre is able to re-open to the public.
Visit the Lowry website for details of how to contribute visit.

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Carmel Thomason
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Written by Carmel Thomason