Robert Robson, The LowryRobert Robson, Artistic Director of The Lowry, has died suddenly aged 58.

In a statement, Julia Fawcett OBE, Chief Executive of The Lowry complex in Salford said:

Robert provided inspirational artistic leadership to The Lowry from the moment the venue first opened its doors in 2000; with the vision to “bring the world to Salford and Salford to the world”. Alongside this, he played a crucial role in the arts both nationally and internationally, including his role as Chair of Phoenix Dance and on the Board of Directors of the International Society for the Performing Arts.

He was respected across the industry, and will be greatly missed by his colleagues here at The Lowry and the people he worked with and supported across the country. We hope everyone would join us in sending our deepest condolences to Robert’s family.

The arts complex, named after artist Laurence Stephen Lowry  – famed for his paintings of the industrial North West – has three theatre halls and exhibition space which includes hosting the largest public collection of work by LS Lowry, comprising of around 400 items. In 2012 The Lowry boasted being Greater Manchester’s most popular attraction with over 800,000 visitors.

Robert Robson died on Friday evening. No further details have been released. Born in Scotland he spent most of his early career north of the border working for several performing arts venues in the country as well as director of the Glasgow arts festival, Mayfest. He relocated to Salford in 1998 as work to build and open The Lowry began to take shape.

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