LS Lowry’s links to Northumberland explored in new exhibition

Image source, The Estate of LS Lowry/Arts Council Collection

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LS Lowry’s painting July, the Seaside, will be on display in Berwick

  • Author, Jo Lonsdale
  • Role, BBC News, North East and Cumbria

Artist LS Lowry’s links to a county are being explored as part of a new exhibition.

A number of his works are going on show in Northumberland at Berwick’s The Maltings, having been loaned from The Lowry in Salford and private collections.

Lowry, who died in 1976, is known for his depictions of working-class life in the industrial parts of northern England.

James Lowther, head of visual arts for the Maltings Trust, said: “It’s less well known that he loved to paint the sea, especially the North Sea.”

Image source, The Estate of LS Lowry

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LS Lowry. On the Sands, Berwick, 1959. All Rights Reserved, DACS

Mr Lowther said Lowry was a “very regular” visitor to Berwick and Northumberland, up until his death.

“He started painting boats when he was just a child and later in life he painted a lot of very evocative, empty seascapes,” he added.

Image source, The Estate of LS Lowry/The Lowry Collection

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LS Lowry. Tanker c1965. All Rights Reserved, DACS

Lowry and the Sea is the first curated exhibition of the artist’s works in the town for 10 years.

It explores his relationship with Berwick, with about five images of the town itself, and the rest of the Northumberland coast and the sea.

There are also some paintings of places where the artist stayed.

“It’s been a lot of work getting the pictures together,” Mr Lowther said.

“It’s one of the most important exhibitions we’ve had for many years and we’re just so delighted we’ve been able to bring it to Berwick.”

The exhibition will take place in the Granary Gallery of The Maltings, Berwick, between 25 May and 13 October 2024.

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