LS Lowry – Salford’s Royal Academician

8 December 2018 –  3 March 2019

To celebrate the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary, The Lowry is exhibiting six paintings by LS Lowry from the RA Collection. Lowry turned down every state honour he was offered, including a Knighthood, but he took pride in his election to the Academy and regarded it as an important landmark in his career.

In 1955 Lowry was elected an Associate Member of the RA, insisting fellow artist Bernard Fleetwood-Walker RA had taken it upon himself to select pictures for submission and sent them in on his behalf. In 1962, aged 75 and at the upper age limit for election, Lowry became a full Royal Academician. Lowry died mere months before the Academy opened their major retrospective of his work in 1976 which prompted queues down the street and over 150,000 visitors.

 This display shows all the works by LS Lowry in the Royal Academy’s collection including Station Approach, the picture he donated to the collection when he was elected an Academician (his ‘Diploma picture’). The remaining paintings were all donated to the Academy’s collection later by private individuals.


Caption: LS Lowry Contemplating Stockport


Further information:
  • Opening times Sunday to Friday 11 am to 5.00 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm
  • Location The Lowry, Salford Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
  • Getting there: By Metrolink – via the Eccles and MediaCityUK lines; By Train – from all stations take the Metrolink; By Bus – check bus routes and timetables with GMPTE; By Waxi – watertaxi timetable
  • This is a free exhibition
  • Further information 0843 208 6000