Salford Lowry has posted a message in lights on Salford Quays, proclaiming how art should be a human right rather than a luxury.
Theatres across the country are looking at closing after the coronavirus pandemic shut most businesses over the last three months.
The arts are not a luxury. They are a neccessity, a human right, as powerfully displayed by @The_Lowry. We NEED your support, for our young people, for our communities. Are you listening? @OliverDowden #SaveTheArts #THEATRE pic.twitter.com/WUUzevq6VR
— Emily Edwards (@EmilyEdwards50) July 2, 2020
Julia Fawcett OBE, Chief Executive of the Lowry, previously said: “Venues up and down the country – including The Lowry – are desperate to begin preparations to re-open their doors and get fantastic work by artists onto our stages for the public to enjoy safely.
“Instead, we received a vague and ambiguous statement that has confused many and helped no one.
“Other sectors have been given dates to work with – and performing arts should be no different.
“Without a clear plan, with clear timetables for implementation, we are putting the entire theatres sector further into crisis, our sector deserves better.”
Tomorrow is so-called “Super Saturday”, seeing the re-opening of many businesses across the UK.
A specific date for the Lowry’s reopening is still unknown.