SALFORD’S Lowry theatre has been awarded a grant of £25,000 for its artist development programme, helping many local talents kick start their career.

The theatre based at Salford Quays has supported artist development since 2009 through 3 schemes; the Studio Member Scheme, ‘Developed with the Lowry’, and ‘Associate Artist Scheme.’

The Studio Member Scheme is open to theatre makers, students, and graduates in Greater Manchester offering a variety of practical and creative workshops, and peer learning activities helping develop new skills whilst giving an insight into the industry.

The ‘Developed with the Lowry’ awardees will showcase their talent at the Lowry studio during the year. In 2012 the Lowry studio was recognised nationally when it was awarded the prestigious Peter Brook award; winning the Mobius Empty Space Award for its work to support early career artists.

The Associate Artist scheme is The Lowry Studio’s highest level of support, through which it develops deep and long term relationships with a small number of exceptional theatre companies who have potential to improve further in their area.

Steve Cowton, Head of Theatre Operation is hoping that Salford will be recognised as a place to seek the next generation of theatre talent after their hard work over the past 6 years. “Alongside our ongoing support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Council England, this funding means we will be able to offer a great range of opportunities to aspiring and ambitious theatre makers.”

The foundation which has helped numerous talents since 1992; over a decade before reality talent shows such as Britain’s got talent and How do you solve a problem like Maria? Which was also produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s passion for the arts is clear through all his efforts to help the young and creative, he believes, “Nurturing and encouraging young talent from all backgrounds is key to a diverse and vibrant creative industry. I am thrilled my Foundation can help in this way and recognise the importance of the skills, experiences, and support needed for the UK’s creative industry to continue thriving.”

This grant is likely to introduce bigger and better things for the Lowry theatre and its talent during 2016 and you can catch all the latest shows and events here.

By Evangeline White

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