A talented primary school pupil’s art has been hung in The Lowry among the work of the gallery's namesake.

Nine-year-old Millie Alice Andrews, who attends St Andrew's CE Primary School in Ramsbottom, has been unveiled as the annual winner of The Lowry’s Copley Prize.

Selected from more than 300 entries, her artwork, A Walk in the Street, shows her house and features Millie in the window.

She said: "The idea just pinged into my head.

"One of the houses is my house and I am in the window, and I like cats and dogs. I put my name in the corner like L.S. Lowry does.

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

"The simplest looking pictures can sometimes take longer than detailed ones.”

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

"A Walk in the Street", will remain on display for the next year, alongside the famous works it was inspired by.

Bury Times: Millie Alice Andrews, 9, from St Andrew's CofE Primary School hanging up her work Millie Alice Andrews, 9, from St Andrew's CofE Primary School hanging up her work (Image: The Lowry)

Director of learning and engagement at The Lowry, Jennifer Riding, added: “We were so excited to welcome Millie to hang her own artwork in The Lowry Galleries.

“It is really important for us to celebrate and support the creativity of children and young people, especially at a time when there is a lot of pressure on children to ‘catch up’.

“The Copley Prize provides opportunities for children who may not see themselves as artists to discover and share their creative talents.”

Supported by Alison and Noel Copley, The Copley Prize was established in 2013, to encourage primary-aged children to develop their creativity and artistic ability, through the work of Lowry.

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

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

Alison Copley, who helped to establish the prize, said: “Every year The Copley Prize gets better and better – thank you to everyone who supports it.

“It’s magnificent to see what this year’s winner Millie has achieved and I hope the visitors who see her work on display at The Lowry will get as much enjoyment from it as Noel and I do.”

The galleries are open six days a week, Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am-5pm.

Admittance is free but donations are welcomed.

Any primary school-aged children (Key Stage 1 and 2) can submit their work now for the 2023 Copley Prize by clicking here. 

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