A Salford housing provider is supporting a campaign to bring creative art workshops to the city’s schoolchildren.
The Lowry School Appeal raises funds to deliver free workshops, led by professional artists, to more than 700 primary school children in some of Salford’s most deprived areas.
Last year, Salix Homes donated £1,000 to the appeal and has once again pledged a further £1,000 through its Springboard community grant fund.
In total, The Lowry has raised more than £5,000 for the project, which aims to help children develop their imagination and spark their creativity by using renowned Salford artist LS Lowry as an inspiration.
“We are very proud to support the Lowry School Appeal once again, which is a fantastic project that provides local children with the opportunity to develop their talents and explore their creativity,” said Lee Sugden, Salix Homes’ chief executive.
“LS Lowry is one of Salford’s most famous sons and has had a lasting legacy on this great city, so we hope this project will continue to inspire young imaginations to bring his work to life.”
Michelle Leigh, the artist who delivers the schools workshops on behalf of The Lowry, added: “The feedback I get from teachers is that they’re thrilled their students have had the opportunity to hear about creative arts skills and techniques from someone ‘in the business’.
“It’s also a chance for us to remind them that the galleries are free of charge and their students can come and enjoy great art on their doorstep.”
After each workshop, a hamper of art supplies is donated to the school, to ensure that the children can continue to develop their talents and explore their creativity long after the workshop has finished.
Children taking part in the workshops also get the chance to create their own Lowry-inspired masterpiece and enter it into the annual art competition — The Copley Prize.
This year’s winner was nine-year-old Maegan Hallwood, whose pencil drawing now proudly hangs next to the multi-million-pound originals that inspired her work.
Maegan, from Eccles, beat hundreds of other schoolchildren with her portrait of her dad and stepdad, entitled The Double Person.
The Copley Prize was founded by Lowry supporters Alison and Noel Copley who will be matching funds raised during the appeal up to £5,000.
Main Image: The Copley Prize 2019 winner Maegan Hallwood with Noel and Alison Copley