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Philanthropic Giving

Philanthropic giving plays a crucial role in enabling us to reach and engage more people and support the next generation of artists. Donations from Trusts & Foundations or individuals can support the following areas of our work.

Learning & Engagement

Each year our dedicated team inspires young people through creative activities and delivers ground-breaking projects for our local communities, with a special focus on hard-to-reach young people, including young carers, looked after children, young parents, young people at risk of homelessness and NEET young people.

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Access

We believe that our diverse programme should be accessible to anyone.  Our Access Programme includes Audio Described performances and gallery tours, BSL Interpreted Performances, BSL Delivered Gallery Tours, Captioned Performances, Dementia Friendly Performances, and Relaxed Performances for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions.

Artist Development Programme

The Lowry runs an established programme to develop the future creative talent of theatre makers in the North West.  From Studio Members, offering a programme of creative masterclasses, seminars, scratch opportunities, and free rehearsal space right up to our Associate Artist Scheme, providing cash investment and professional and artistic development.

There are lots of ways to support The Lowry’s charitable work.

Every year we run a Christmas Appeal to support activity with a certain group of young people through our Learning and Engagement work.

You can choose to leave a Legacy to celebrate and remember someone in a special way.

Many of our supporters have Adopted a Lowry, Named a Seat or attended a Special Event to support the work we do.

Or you can simply Donate Now and help the work we do.

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.“

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.

T&Cs: 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.
The curator of LS Lowry collection and a Lowry painting adoptee

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.

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Legacy Giving

We believe that visual arts can transform lives. Every year, over 820,000 people visit The Lowry to see awe-inspiring theatre and some of the world’s most recognisable artworks.

By remembering The Lowry in your will, you are providing crucial funding and support, which will enable us to enrich more people’s lives in the future.

There are many ways you can make a gift including money, assets, or a specific gift such as a work of art. Whatever the gift, or the size, your legacy will help to ensure that future generations will enjoy The Lowry as much as you have.

How to leave a legacy

Leaving a gift in your will is an effective lasting contribution without any immediate outlay. Legacies left to The Lowry are free from inheritance tax, which means a legacy could result in your tax bill being reduced.

As your will is a legal document, we recommend that you discuss your wishes with a solicitor when drawing up or amending your will.

Please donate all legacy gifts to The Lowry Centre Trust, registered charity number 1053962. To acknowledge your support, we will name a seat in our Lyric Theatre after you.

Talk to us

If you are considering leaving a legacy gift to The Lowry, or you would like to let us know that you have already included a gift in your will, please call Nick Thompson on 0161 876 2142. 

Your gift, whatever the size, will make a real difference. Thank you.

“I wanted to hand on my love of theatre and ensure the survival of one of the greatest art forms we’ve got.” Dorothy Gresty, Legacy Donor

Name A Seat

Make a lasting impression at The Lowry

Naming a Seat is the perfect way to mark a special occasion or remember a loved one for years to come. 

All our seat plaques are individual to their owner and tell a story. Where famous names sit next to families and individuals. This is the perfect gift for the theatre lover! 

Name a seat in one of The Lowry’s theatres and: 

  • Become a part of The Lowry, home to world-class theatre and dance 
  • Remember a loved one 
  • Mark a special occasion, whether it be a birthday, wedding or an anniversary At the same time, you will be supporting the future of world-class arts and learning at The Lowry. 

Donate between £250 and £1000 to have your own personalised inscription etched onto a plaque and fixed to one of these seats for the next decade. ‘

“It’s good to be able to give something back but it’s also so much more than just a donation!” The Meikle-Williams family, regular theatre visitors and patrons at The Lowry. 

Your gift will play a vital role in ensuring we continue to invest in new work, nurture talent and open up more life-changing opportunities for young people. You’ll also receive a certificate and an invitation to select your seat in person. 

Contact Bethan Ward or call on 0161 876 2162 for more information. 

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