Barrowland Ballet, Family Portrait will run at The Lowry from Saturday 28 May 2022 to Sunday 26 June 2022 and is part of The Lowry’s EDITS series.
An interactive video installation entitled Family Portrait forms the heart of this exhibition. This four screen film brings together striking cinematography with choreography and captures artistic director Natasha Gilmore and her three children in an intimate portrait of family life. Viewers witness the family through choreographed sequences and more candid, “off-camera” moments as they come across Scotland’s many different landscapes and seasons.
The work takes the viewer on a geographical and emotional journey and provides an in-depth insight into motherhood and childhood. It explores the perception of family and shares an honest portrayal of what family really is: ruthlessness, responsibility, joy, balance, intimacy and love.
Visitors to The Lowry will have the opportunity to create their own family portrait. Inspired by the film, they are invited to use the gallery space and props, explore movement and play, and contribute their photograph to a growing collection of portraits to be displayed in the gallery.
Zoe Watson, curator at The Lowry, said: “We are excited to welcome people to the gallery to celebrate families in all their forms, from parents and children to chosen families, and everything and everything in between. We want to know what family means to you.”
Natasha Gilmore, Founder and Artistic Director of Barrowland Ballet said: “We are excited to bring Family Portrait to the public in a venue as inspiring and iconic as The Lowry. We look forward to seeing how the public will react and to the creation of new family portraits.”
EDITS is part of the exhibition program that allows artists and performers to develop previously untapped ideas in a gallery environment. Previous EDITS have included installations and live performances by Igor+Moreno, DJ Paulette and Girl Gang Manchester.
The Lowry’s galleries are open: Tuesday-Friday (11am-5pm) and Saturday-Sunday (10am-5pm). Admission is free, donations are welcome. The Lowry galleries are named The Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1 million donation to the arts centre, a registered charity.