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An Annual Art competition for primary school aged children



Key Stage 1 & 2 children are eligible for entry can submit their work now for the 2024 Copley Prize.

The Copley Prize is a rolling yearly programme and submissions can be made all year round.





The winner’s art work will be framed professionally and hung in The Lowry Galleries next to the work of LS Lowry and more.




You can post your entries to

The Copley Prize, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M503AZ


Copley Prize Winner 2023

Copley Exhibition Winner 2023

The Copley exhibition  – featuring art competition submissions by primary school children inspired by L.S Lowry. Read more to learn about the Copley Prize Competition below.

The Copley Prize at The Lowry is kindly supported by Alison and Noel Copley.


We have 3 terms, September-December, January-April and May-July.

Depending on the month of the year you submit your work, you will be entered into that term’s draw.

At the end of each term, we choose a Termly Winner, which then become the 3 finalists for the Annual Winner, which is announced at the end of July each year.

Learn more about The Copley Prize and Copley Creative Arts Programme for children

How to enter

You can post your entries to ‘The Copley Prize, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M503AZ’ Please include a note with the following information:

  • Name and age of applicant
  • Title of work
  • Address of applicant
  • Name of parent/teacher
  • Name of school
  • Contact telephone number
  • Contact email address

Alternatively you can email a photo or scanned copy of your entry to and include the information above. If you email, remember to keep your artwork safe at home in case you win the competition and we request the original to be displayed.

Teachers are invited to submit as many entries as they wish but are limited to one entry per child.

Art Lesson Resources for Schools

These resources will help you introduce LS Lowry’s style to your students or children

Remember that Copley Prize entries are to be inspired by, not just copies of Lowry’s work. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Email them to us at or post to ‘The Copley Prize, The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M503AZ’.

How to video guides

An introduction to LS Lowry

About LS Lowry’s paintings

How To Draw An LS Lowry Landscape (For Key Stage 1)

How To Draw An LS Lowry Portrait (For Key Stage 1)

How To Draw An LS Lowry Portrait (For Key Stage 2)

How To Draw An LS Lowry Landscape (For Key Stage 2)

Former Winners


Copley Prize Winner 2023





Rules of Entry

1. All 4-11 year olds (Key Stage 1 & 2) are eligible to enter.
2. If entry from a school, Teachers are also welcome to submit an entry from more than one child in their class or may choose to submit a piece of work that the whole class has worked on together. Please note however, that we will choose an individual piece of art as the winner and not a group of works.
3. Each drawing or painting should be inspired by the work of LS Lowry.
4. The maximum size for entries is A3 (29cm x 42cm). Unfortunately we cannot accept digital copies of work.
5. You will only be notified if your child is selected as a seasonal or annual winner.
6. The Lowry will be unable to return or keep entries. However, parents or teachers are welcome to arrange collection of work personally providing this is within one month and is clearly requested when submitted.
7. By entering into the competition you agree for the entry to be displayed and used in any associated publicity by The Lowry.
8. The winner agrees to attend The Lowry (by arrangement) in order to receive their prize and take part in any associated publicity.