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Lowry liked a Plodge

‘Beach Scene’ by LS Lowry is now on permanent display at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, and it’s also the centrepiece of their ‘Lowry at the Seaside’ show.

LS Lowry is probably most associated with his urban scenes – all those belching chimneys – but he definitely enjoyed feeling the sand between his toes, too. He visited the north-east coast many times and he was particularly fond of Berwick where he holidayed regularly from 1939. He continued visiting until the year before his death in 1976, painting around 30 pictures of the town altogether. In 2019, Berwick acquired Lowry’s ‘Beach Scene’, which shows Spittal, on the opposite side of the river to Berwick. And now is the perfect time to go and see it as the current exhibition it is part of is a real celebration of holidays in the town. The exhibition also features early railway travel posters, amusement arcade games, and the popular confectionary, the Berwick Cockle. And while you’re in Berwick, be sure to check out the Lowry Trail – a five-mile signposted route that encourages visitors to walk in Lowry’s footsteps. RM

Lowry at the Seaside, until 4 November, Berwick Museum & Art Gallery. museumsnorthumberland.org.uk