I’m a freelance journalist and published poet, based in Manchester.
My debut poetry pamphlet is available at wildpressedbooks.com/david-keyworth.html
Let Loose at the Lowry on Saturday 11 August
The Lowry, based in Salford Quays, is holding another of its Open Days. All activities and events are free. In 2017, the arts and entertainment venue hosted more than 7,000 people at its jamboree.
Lowry Open Day 05-08-17. Photographs courtesy of The Lowry
Visitors can book places online for some of the workshops in advance. There will also be a limited number of places available for each ticketed event on the day, these will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
The creation of the Lowry Centre was part of the regeneration of the derelict Manchester docks. They had formed a key part of the Port of Manchester from 1894, until they closed in 1982. Cargo came from around the world. A lot of the trade was with Canada - St Francis and St Louis basins are named after Canadian lakes.
Salford City Council recognised the importance of the derelict docklands and purchased them in 1984. A year later, they adopted a development plan, which led to the Salford Quays of apartments, offices, bars, shops which greet visitors today.
Media City in construction February 2008
MediaCity, where both the BBC and ITV have studios, started life in 2007. The MediaCity tram stop opened in 2010. It was constructed for visitors and staff at the ITV and BBC studios - where programmes are filmed, including Match of the Day, Blue Peter and Mastermind.
The Lowry arts and entertainment venue itself is named after the painter LS Lowry, who was born on 1 November 1887 in Stretford, Greater Manchester. The centre named after him is home to the "world's largest collection of his works" and has a dedicated gallery to the paintings.
Mrs Lowry & Son focuses on the artist's complex relationship with his mother Elizabeth - played by Vanessa Redgrave. She is an individual who seems to have been as foreboding as one of her son's Manchester skylines.
Whether Laurence Stephen Lowry and his mother would have joined in with cupcake decoration and outdoor dancing is something we will never know.