Nottingham Lakeside's Lowry exhibition draws record numbers

Head of a Man 1938, Oil on Canvas. © The Lowry Collection, Salford
Image caption The exhibition includes more than 90 drawings and paintings by LS Lowry

A series of rarely-seen works by artist LS Lowry has attracted a record number of visitors to a Nottingham gallery.

More than 12,000 people have visited the University of Nottingham's Lakeside Arts Centre in the first five weeks of the Lowry exhibition.

David Greenaway, the university's vice-chancellor, said its popularity was a demonstration of the the retrospective's "national importance".

The free show focuses on the artist's work from the 1920s to the mid-1950s.

It features work from private collections on display together for the first time and includes more than 90 drawings and paintings by the artist.

The exhibition has been organised in association with London's Crane Kalman Gallery, with a large loan of important works from The Lowry in Salford.

The art is on show at Djanogly Art Gallery at the Lakeside Arts Centre until 5 February.

The previous best-attended exhibition at the gallery was The American Scene Prints: From Hopper to Pollock in 2010, which attracted 9,807 visitors during its seven-week run.

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