Get naked to celebrate Lowry’s 10th birthday

Michael Hunt

American artist Spencer Tunick wants around 1,000 people to strip off in Salford to help celebrate the tenth birthday of The Lowry.

The nude project is to be known as Everyday People and will involve volunteers being taken on a bus to eight locations around the area on 1-2 May.

Those who decide to get naked for Tunick will not be told which locations they will be taken to and the information is remaining undisclosed.

Participants will only find out on each day where they are getting undressed for a series of photographs and film recording to be displayed and featured in The Lowry between 12 June and 26 September.

The Lowry, a gallery and arts venue in Salford Quay's former docks, where many of Laurence Stephen Lowry's paintings are displayed, was part of £106m development project. It included the construction of The Lowry building, the large triangular Plaza, the terraced areas down to the canal and the Lifting Footbridge leading to Trafford Wharfside and the Imperial War Museum North.

Spencer Tunick has recently held a similar exhibition in Australia, persuading 5,200 people to pose naked on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, for a project titled Base.

He has also been known to do similar nude artwork in London and Newcastle, which was his first large-scale UK installation known as Naked City.

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