Ramsbottom pupill wins competition to exhibit artwork at The Lowry

The art of a talented elementary school student was hung The Lowry among the works of the gallery’s namesake.

Nine-year-old Millie Alice Andrews, who is dating St Andrew’s CE Primary School at Ramsbottom, was unveiled as the annual winner of Lowry’s Copley Prize.

Selected from over 300 entries, her work, A Walk in the Street, shows her home and features Millie in the window.

She said: “The idea just popped into my head.

“One of the houses is my house and I’m at the window, and I like cats and dogs. I put my name in the corner like LS Lowry does.

“He has a unique style. I like the way he draws animals.

“Simpler images can sometimes take longer than detailed images.”

Millie was invited to the Lowry for a tour of The Lowry Galleries with his family and to hang his work in the gallery’s permanent LS Lowry exhibition.

“A Walk in the Street”, will remain on display next year, alongside the famous works from which it was inspired.

Millie Alice Andrews, 9, from St Andrew’s CofE Primary School hanging up her work

Director of Learning and Engagement at The Lowry, Jennifer Riding, added: “We were delighted to welcome Millie to hang her own artwork in The Lowry Galleries.

“It’s really important for us to celebrate and support the creativity of children and young people, especially at a time when children are under great pressure to ‘catch up’.

“The Copley Prize offers children who may not consider themselves artists the opportunity to discover and share their creative talents.”

Supported by Alison and Noel Copley, the Copley Prize was established in 2013 to encourage elementary school children to develop their creativity and artistic abilities, through the work of Lowry.

He invites children to recreate their own modern versions of Lowry’s work, in ways that represent the world they live in, often capturing images of the environment around them, just as Lowry did.

Many works by this year’s finalists are also on display in The Copley cases section of the gallery.

Alison Copley, who helped found the award, said: “Every year the Copley Award just gets better and better – thank you to everyone who supports it.

“It’s wonderful to see what this year’s winner, Millie, has achieved and I hope that visitors who see her work on display at the Lowry will enjoy it as much as Noel and I.”

The galleries are open six days a week, Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free but donations are welcome.

All children of primary school age (Key Stage 1 and 2) can submit their work now for 2023 Copley Prize by clicking here.

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