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Copley Prize 2019

Schoolgirl from Eccles wins LS Lowry-inspired national art competition

A schoolgirl from Eccles has unveiled a portrait of her dad and step-dad in The Lowry art gallery in Salford alongside the multi-million pound originals that inspired her work.

Nine-year old Maegan Hallwood’s pencil drawing, which she has named The Double Person, beat-off stiff competition from hundreds of 4-11-year-olds across the country to be named 2019 winner of The Copley Prize.

Sponsored by Noel and Alison Copley, the competition is for work inspired by LS Lowry and the winning artwork each year hangs in the arts centre’s permanent exhibition, LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist.

Claire Stewart, curator of the Lowry Collection and judge of The Copley Prize, said: “Lowry produced a great number of portraits during his lifetime. And just like Maegan, he chose his parents as the focus of some of his work too. It’s great to see, 43 years after his death, Lowry’s portraits are inspiring another generation of artists to capture their own parents in art for our visitors to enjoy.”

Maegan submitted her entry following an art workshop at her school, Christ Church Primary.

The Lowry has now launched a School Appeal to raise money to deliver more, free arts workshops for local primary schoolchildren. The programme targets schools in deprived areas of Salford that have had limited or no previous engagement with the arts. A target of £5,000 has been set, with Noel and Alison Copley pledging to double the figure raised.

For more information about the School Appeal or to donate, click here.

The Lowry galleries are named The Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre, which is a registered charity.