The Lowry has taken its #DaysLikeThese exhibition to the streets of Salford with a city-wide billboard campaign, enabled through support from Art Fund.
With its galleries still closed in line with the national lockdown, The Lowry has selected seven works submitted to the exhibition by members of the public to feature in the huge poster sites.
Among them is 74-year-old Barbara from Ordsall, whose photograph of a mosaic rainbow in the window of her home, entitled Showing My Appreciation was the first poster site to go live outside The Lowry at Salford Quays.
Also included in the campaign is: Untitled by Gulafshah; View from a Window by Tiago; My Son Rafe by Karen from Eccles; Our School at Home by pupils from St. Mary’s RC Primary School in Swinton; The Carrs by Nessa Heath and Missing our Family by Amanda.
Postcards of the work will also be sent to 20,000 addresses in the city.
The exhibition and this programme to take art out into the city has been supported and enabled through a Respond and Reimagine grant from national arts charity Art Fund, funding designed to help museums, galleries and historic houses adapt following the pandemic and evolve for the future
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “Our #DaysLikeThese exhibition was launched very early into the first lockdown and it has been amazing to see how people’s creative responses to the pandemic have changed over time.
“We’ve shared that work online and cannot wait to do so in person when our galleries can re-open in the coming months. Until then, we thought why not get the work out there onto the streets where people can enjoy it safely – and Art Fund very generously agreed to help make it happen.”
#DaysLikeThese remains open to new submissions. Experiences can be in any form, be they stories, artwork, films, performances, poems or photographs. For more information, click here.
The Lowry galleries are named The Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre, which is a registered charity.