Major Lowry exhibition coming to Berwick

An exhibition of original works by L.S. Lowry will be held this month, celebrating the artist’s connections to Berwick and the north east.

Organised by Berwick Visual Arts, the exhibition will be held at the Granary Gallery.

It will bring together for the first time a number of original works produced by Lowry during his time in Berwick.

These will be accompanied by further works produced in Northumberland, the wider north east and also works exploring his fascination with the sea.

Lowry is one of the UK’s best-loved artists, famous for his industrial scenes of the north east of England.

Born in Lancashire in 1887, he died at the age of 88 in 1976.

During his life, he was a regular visitor to the Berwick area from the 1930s onwards.

During this period he spent time in Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Newcastle and the north east coast, with his first recorded visit to Berwick in 1936. He particularly liked the town, depicting its narrow streets, lanes and Georgian buildings many times over the years.

He also included paintings from Berwick in his first solo exhibition in London and even contemplated buying a house in town.

Berwick Visual Arts has been working closely with The Lowry in Salford to secure loans of over 20 works for the exhibition, alongside works loaned by The Lowry Estate and Sunderland Museum & Art Gallery.

James Lowther, head of visual art for Berwick Visual Arts, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring a number of original works produced by Lowry of Berwick to the town for the first time and celebrate his strong connections to the town.

“This is certain to be one of our most popular exhibitions to date and helps us achieve our aim of bringing the best modern and contemporary art to Northumberland,”

‘L.S. Lowry in Berwick & Northumberland‘ runs at The Granary Gallery, 2nd floor, Berwick YHA, Dewars Lane, from Saturday June 21 until Sunday September 21. The exhibition is open from 11am-5pm every Wednesday to Sunday with free admission.