The Lowry building exterior

About The Lowry

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.


Read our Annual Review 2018/17

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.

Find out how you can support our work.

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

Our vision is that The Lowry will be a world-class arts centre based at the core of the region’s creative and cultural quarter.

These world-class ambitions will sit comfortably with our commitments to celebrating the unique heritage of this location and to putting communities and people at the heart of all that we do.

Our Values: We are honest with ourselves and others, respecting everyone who works in or uses The Lowry. We reach out to help others get the most from The Lowry. We are ambitious and strive to be the best. We work hard to succeed and to make sure visitors enjoy their Lowry experience. We are always learning.

Our Team


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.


POWERED - the social media display wall