Sat 22 May - Sun 29 August

Days Like These - An Exhibition



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Days Like These is a new exhibition which shares the stories of Salford in 2020, using paintings, photographs, films and poetry contributed by some of the 245,000 residents of the city – from empty Salford streets and the joy of reuniting, to the impact on frontline workers and the challenges of being alone.

The exhibition wants to reflect the hopes and fears of everyone, then and now, and after you have seen the exhibition, we hope you contribute too.

Alongside is a new display of the best of Salford’s own LS Lowry – an artist known for his paintings of crowded city streets, and vast empty landscapes.

The exhibition forms part of the Spirit of Salford initiative – a scheme designed to celebrate the unique personality and pioneering spirit of Salford.

This exhibition has been made possible with support from Art Fund.

Picture of the Spirit of Salford's logoPresented as part of The Spirit of Salford – a vital network launched by Salford City Council as a direct response to the Coronavirus outbreak, providing an essential lifeline to the people of Salford who need extra help. If you need advice and support, visit their website or call 0800 952 1000 between 8.30am and 6pm (Monday to Friday).

What our visitors think...

“Days like these is a brilliant exhibition. I really felt so moved by the work it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for showing it”

“I haven’t seen the collection since it moved here many years ago. Really enjoyed seeing it again, thank you”

“It was brilliant, I live in North Manchester and hadn’t been before. Really enjoyed finally seeing all the Lowrys”

” I’ve brought my daughter today- we live in Nottingham, and she is studying Lowry at primary school. We’ve really enjoyed looking at all the paintings. She has especially enjoyed spotting all the dogs! Thank you for the extra information on the paintings, its brilliant as she can tell her teacher what’s she’s learnt! ”

Video Guided Tours

Michael Simpson - The Lowry's director of visual arts

Gulafshah from Lowry Young Artists

Emily from Lowry 'Get Involved'

Artist Interviews

Michael Simpson - Director of Visual Art

Interview with Matt Concannon

Interview with Sophie McBriarty

Interview with Philip Westcott

Exhibition photographs


#DaysLikeThese on Social Media


Coronavirus Information

Social distancing measures are in place together with a one-way system

  • Visits to the gallery will be via timed entry slots so please ensure you arrive on time (late comers may be declined entry)
  • All tickets must be bought in advance and there is a maximum number of 6 tickets per booking.
  • All tickets within a particular group must be purchased by one booker and each group must consist of one household or support bubble.
  • When you arrive at The Lowry temperature checks and security controls will be in place.
    Face coverings are mandatory at all times throughout the venue and entry will be denied if face coverings are not worn. We do appreciate there may be exemptions.
  • No food or drink will be allowed into the galleries.
  • Always follow instructions given by our staff as well as signage and notifications to ensure the safety of everyone in the building and maintain social distancing from all other households or support bubbles at all times.

Do not attend the venue and contact us immediately if you:

  • believe you may be infected with COVID-19;
  • have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have arrived in England in the last 14 days and are not covered by the exemption rules
  • relating to self-isolation; or
  • have been instructed to self-isolate.

These measures are designed to keep everyone safe and ensure that everyone has a great time. Please respect our staff at all times as they implement these measures for everyone’s wellbeing – and most importantly we hope you enjoy your visit!

Please take a look at our FAQs in advance of your visit

Submit your work

In this exhibition, you’ll see and hear how some of Salford’s 245,000 residents documented their experiences of COVID-19 in the form of stories, artwork, films, performances, poems and photographs.

And it’s not too late to submit your work. We’ll be adding to the collection during the life of the exhibition.

Click here to submit your work to The Lowry



We welcome contributions from all areas of our community.

Access, inclusion and representation is very important to us.

Therefore if you would like to receive this information in an alternative format please contact us by email and we will be happy to help.