A new exhibition at the Lowry Centre has opened this week in which work from children and adults, supported by the Greater Manchester based charity the Together Trust, is being exhibited as part of the charity’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

New Art Exhibition featuring work from children and adults opens at the Lowry
One of the cabinets in the exhibition. Photo: Nick Harrison

The art on display has been created by children and young people who in many cases have learning difficulties and disabilities, complex needs, communication disorders and autism. The young artists are drawn from across the Together Trust’s 47 different services, including Bridge College in Manchester and Inscape House and Ashcroft special schools in Stockport. 

The exhibition was launched at an event attended by local dignitaries and the young artists and their families, who were serenaded by musical instruments created from old pizza boxes as part of the project by people supported by, Newbridge the Together Trust’s day service in Stockport.   

New Art Exhibition featuring work from children and adults opens at the Lowry
Artists and guests at the launch event played musical instruments made from old pizza boxes. Photo: Nick Harrison

“In October 2019 we commissioned, with funding from the Arts Council, 14 specially selected local artists to work amongst our services to guide some the people we support in exploring our 150 years of history,” Mark Lee, Chief Executive at the Together Trust, said.

“The work of our founders continues to inspire our modern-day values, it continues to inform all that we do. Like them our commitment to the people we support never falters, because they’re at the heart of absolutely everything we do.

“That’s why in our first big anniversary event we’ve chosen to put the people in our services at the centre of our celebrations, by asking them to express what they think about the Together Trust, its history and how it’s effected their lives.

“Working in pairs the professional artists we selected ran bespoke workshops in our schools, colleges and out in our services in local communities across the North West, creating work using mediums such as music, movement and dance, painting, clay, photography and other forms of craft.

“In many cases the people we support have the kind of complex needs that mean they’ve often struggled to cope in other settings, but they’ve found a place in our schools, a place in which with specialist support they are able to thrive and achieve their ambitions. And we’re very, very proud of the work they’ve done in this exhibition.”

New Art Exhibition featuring work from children and adults opens at the Lowry
Connor, one of the young artists, and his dad. Photo: Nick Harrison

The event was attended by Councillor Charlie McIntyre, the Ceremonial Mayor of Salford. “I’m very impressed by the work on display and it’s wonderful to see how the young artists have used different styles, colours and mediums to express themselves,” Councillor McIntyre said. “Speaking as a psychiatric nurse and psychotherapist I’ve always had the belief that art can have a genuinely positive influence on a person’s mental health, wellbeing and development.

“The whole 150 Artists project has clearly allowed them to express themselves and the work these young people have created has genuine value and a real place in our community. It’s wonderful to know everyone can see it here at a place as prestigious as The Lowry.”

The Together Trust 150 Artists Exhibition can be seen in the Circle Bar cases, level 2, at The Lowry, until 24 May 2020.   

Find out more about the history of the Together Trust here.

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