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Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of the redeveloped Salford Quays in Greater Manchester,The Lowry,a glistening building clad in glass and stainless steel,is a major part of the cultural infrastructure in the north west of England.It takes its name from the widely acclaimed matchstick man painter L.S.Lowry who lived in Salford.

It is an architectural flagship with a very unique and dynamic identity. Built at a cost of 96 million pounds it was partially funded by Britain's national lottery and other agencies such as Salford University,North West Water and the European Regional Development Fund. It is a spectacular building fit for the 21st century and houses not one but two theatres: the Lyric seating 1730 which has the largest stage in the UK outside of London and the intimate,adaptable,Quays theatre which seats 466.
There are two galleries-one showing the collected works of L.S.Lowry,the other houses contemporary art exhibitions. ArtWorks,is an intereactive creative attraction with wonderful lighting effects that really is a world apart.Another key feature is the Promenade,this skirts the perimeter of the building and provides access to the various galleries and other attractions. There is also a lifting footbridge that links The Lowry to the Imperial War Museum-North across the Manchester Ship Canal that will open in 2002.
There are well-stocked shops,bars and restaurants,an open air public plaza,a car park and retail,leisure and other commercial developments.
The Lowry is open all day,every day.It is a thoroughly welcoming building,designed by the architects,Michael Wilford and Partners Limited,to reflect the landscape and flourishing waterways,in its stunning glass and metallic surfaces.It is undeniably a superb venue for showcasing the arts including the visual and performing arts and opens the door to entertainment on a large scale. It has also contributed to an unprecedented renaissance of Manchester's cultural milieu and provides the city a dazzling arena for the arts.