Six artists from Lower Broughton have created art works for display in the Studio foyer area of The Lowry. We first met the Naz Art Group in 2011 when The Lowry delivered a year-long outreach project called Walkabout in Broughton. This small group meet twice weekly at the Naz Community Centre in Great Clowes Street to create art in a friendly and supportive environment. The group has been running since 2007 when it started as an Art for Health scheme. It is now supported by Creative Inspirations.
We were delighted to be approached by the group’s leader, Stephen Rowe-Gidley in late 2013 and since then the group have been hard at work creating new works specifically for display at The Lowry as well as choosing some of their old favourites. Each artist has their own style, influences and reasons for creating art and the display is an eclectic mix of work including copies of old masters, Turner-inspired scenes of The Lowry and abstract paintings. Included in the display are two paintings with a Salford twist: Mary Cosgrove’s ‘Salford Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and ‘Salford’s Answer to Nefertiti’ both give a new dimension to two famous classics. Other artists featured included prize-winning Ron Redshaw, Marion Connett, Mark Feem and Mary Mimmack.
The display runs in The Lowry Studio Foyer during normal opening hours until Sunday March 30 and is free.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the Naz Art Group, can check out the group’s website at nazartsalford.wordpress.com
Photo: Mary Mimmack, Mary Cosgrove, Stephen Rowe-Gidley and Ron Redshaw.