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The Lowry is proud to launch “Making Culture Count”, a social and economic impact report which demonstrates the power of cultural institutions to transform lives and communities. In a challenged and changing world characterised by financial hardship and a crisis of arts funding, creativity is a beacon of hope for communities, a catalyst for regeneration, and the key to unlocking the potential of young people. It is important to take stock of just how vital institutions such as The Lowry are to communities.

A full version of the findings and report from Lichfields is available here

We're on a mission

The Lowry is a registered charity (No: 1053962) committed to using visual and performing arts to enrich people’s lives. We present audiences with a diverse programme of theatre, opera, musicals, dance, music, comedy and visual art as well as events and activities to expand the horizons of audiences and artists alike.

At the heart of our work is a commitment to our local communities and young people. Tapping into the work on our stages and in our galleries, we offer thousands of free creative participation opportunities each year. We are passionate about nurturing talent, developing creative professionals of the future and raising aspirations.

How do we fund our work?

As a not-for-profit organisation, and registered charity, all profit is ploughed back into our work. Whether you’ve bought a ticket to a performance, given an online donation, eaten in Pier Eight, bought a gift in our shop, or simply had a drink at the Tower Coffee Shop, you’ve helped support our charitable aims.

We receive just 6% of our income from public funds – Arts Council England and Salford City Council. The remaining income is generated from box office sales, commercial activities and fundraising. Our development team generates income from Charitable Trusts & Foundations, individual membership schemes (including Friends and Patrons) as well as from companies through our Quay Club Membership and corporate sponsorships.

Why is The Lowry a Charity?

  • The Lowry brings the highest quality visual and performing art to Salford
  • The Lowry breaks down barriers for new audiences to be inspired by great art
  • The Lowry supports communities
  • The Lowry nurtures talent in young people
  • The Lowry develops artists and commissions new work
  • The Lowry raises aspirations and provides real routes to employment
  • The Lowry provides free creative opportunities for families and children
  • The Lowry offers an extensive curriculum based schools and teachers programme

We’re on a mission

Respect Statement

We want The Lowry to be a safe and positive place to visit or work in. We cannot tolerate any kind of aggressive or abusive behaviour towards our staff, volunteers, artists, or anyone visiting our building.

Thank you for treating everyone in our building with kindness, dignity, and respect.


A celebration of National Lottery-funded art and culture projects

The Lowry is grateful to Arts Council England (ACE) for its continued support. We are pleased to share this new short film, created by ACE, to celebrate National Lottery-funded art and culture projects across the country. Please share it with your friends, family and followers, to say #ThanksToYou to National Lottery players and show how they help make extraordinary art happen.