Something For The Weekend: Fri 12 – Sun 14 September

 Behind the Mask

1. Red carpet glamour on the Quays

Those who are into their cinema can’t have failed to notice the Toronto Film Festival has been in full swing over in Canada. It’s usually seen as the curtain-raiser for Tinseltown’s awards season, which this year will culminate at the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in February.

But if you’ve contracted early awards-season fever, then here at The Lowry we have just the cure – the biggest collection of BAFTA-winning actor portraiture ever assembled comes to the North West for the first time, featuring over one hundred international stars of both the big and small screen.

The likes of Robert de Niro (above), the late Robin Williams, Cheshire’s very own 007 in Daniel Craig, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Thompson and George Clooney, among other superstars, will adorn the walls of our Promenade Gallery, in a very special exhibition starting on Saturday 20 September.

Behind the Mask took over two years to compile and saw Andy Gotts MBE travel across the globe to photograph subjects.

Gotts, who is most noted for his black and white portraits of Hollywood actors and singers, told us: “Even though I have been given the title ‘celebrity photographer’ I have always seen myself as a photographer of actors.

“I have always been a movie buff and getting the opportunity to meet my matinée idols is beyond a dream come true. I specialise in character studies of the face and try to show a new and different side of world famous faces in my ‘warts and all’ style.”

Behind the Mask is current being hung, and entry is completely free here at The Lowry. The gallery is open 11am-5pm Monday to Saturday, and  10am-5pm on Sundays.

2. Competition crazy

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We’re always up for sharing anything we can her at The Lowry, and it seems we’ve gone competition crazy in recent weeks.

Three chances to win show tickets or merchandise have been and gone in the last few days. For a start, the chance to win a pair of seats for the opening night of Agatha Christie’s Murder on Air (16-20 September, tickets remain available) was grasped by Michelle Flower of Manchester (right).

Using the hashtag #poirotpic, she hopped onto Twitter to submit a photo of herself dressed as Hercule Poirot.

We were particularly impressed with the bushiness of her moustache – a key requirement – and her faithful capturing of the cheeky side of the super-sleuth’s personality.

Other competitions been and gone in the past week include a chance to snaffle Sid’s Show seats, which ran on Twitter on Tuesday, and the ability to seize a brilliant Spineless Classics print, which is the entire War Horse book printed on a single poster. They are absolutely beautiful, and are on sale here in the Shop should you want one.

But there’s still a chance to win! The aforementioned BAFTA exhibition has a beautiful accompanying book – and you can own a copy if you head on over to our Twitter account. The competition is already underway and runs until next Friday – take part, and good luck!

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3. Market forces

It’s the second weekend of the month, and that means it’s Waterside Market weekend here on Salford Quays!

The Lowry Outlet’s monthly Food & Craft Markets have developed a reputation for offering up delicious, locally-sourced food and drink, artisan arts and crafts, jewellery, homewear, plants and seasonal goods.

Meet the friendly, dedicated and enthusiastic producers, including: Acorn Aromatics, Beneficial Coffee, Bobby’s Bangers, Cherry Tree (Ian Henry), Chula’s Cupcakes, Clair Templeton Designs, Eggardon Ryelands, Flicker & Fizz Ltd and many, many more!

Entry is free, and the opening hours are 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm.

So why not come along, enjoy great food and drink and soak up the atmosphere of market day on the piazza just outside the doors of The Lowry. Then pop inside – it’d be lovely to meet you!

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