Young artists are the picture of success

Philippa Radicke and Sasha Kuczer at The Lowry where their winning artwork is displayed
Philippa Radicke and Sasha Kuczer at The Lowry where their winning artwork is displayed

Two talented Todmorden schoolgirls will have their work displayed alongside world famous LS Lowry works in Salford.

Philippa Radicke, nine, and Sasha Kuczer, 10, unveiled their masterpiece last week and it will now be displayed in the Lowry’s galleries for one year.

LS Lowry was famously a solitary figure, painting alone in his bedroom, but the Cornholme School pupils decided to take a more collaborative appraoch when asked to create a piece of LS Lowry-inspired art during a school trip to the gallery.

Their work, entitled Down the Alleyway, was entered into The Lowry’s annual Copley Prize – a competition for children of paintings or drawings inspired by Lowry’s work – and was judged the winner by Michael Simpson, director of visual arts and engagement at The Lowry and Alison Copley, who founded the competition with her husband, Noel.

Their work is now on display alongside Lowry ‘classics’ such as Man Lying on a Wall, Going to the Match and Coming from the Mill in The Lowry’s permanent LS Lowry exhibition.

Philippa and Sasha said; “We are really excited to see our work in The Lowry’s galleries for everyone to see.

“We decided to enter the Copley Prize together because we are in the same class at school and we are best friends.

“We have entered other art competitions together before and have won prizes.

“We won a prize for the piece we entered into a competition at the Todmorden Agricultural Show”.

Michael Simpson added: “We have received many fantastic entries from children from all over the country, so we have had a hard time picking a winner, but Philippa’s and Sasha’s piece ‘Down the Alleyway’ really did stand out. The young artists used a number of different techniques and produced a picture full of atmosphere. The Lowry is delighted to be displaying their work in our galleries.”