An original work by LS Lowry has been given a revival by a seven-year-old from Urmston in Trafford. 

Thomas Smith’s interpretation of Lowry’s A Hillside 1967–8 goes on display at The Lowry in Salford today – the winner of the 2016 Copley Prize, a competition for schoolchildren of paintings or drawings inspired by the famous artist’s work.

And while the setting for the Lowry work remains a mystery, Thomas – who attends Urmston Infant School – has said a family sledging trip up Rivington Pike in Bolton was the inspiration for his work.

The work has been titled A Busier Hillside (2016).

Thomas was chosen as this year’s winner by Noel and Alison Copley, who founded the competition, along with the curator of the LS Lowry Collection, Claire Stewart. His work will hang in the permanent LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist exhibition at The Lowry for one year.

Commenting on his win, Thomas said: “I was really happy when I found out that my Lowry picture had won. I couldn’t believe it. Lowry’s style looks very simple but is really difficult. We visited the gallery with my school and I went again with my family so I could show them around – that’s when I found out about the Copley Prize.”

Claire Stewart, curator of The Lowry Collection, said: “The Lowry works with over 500 schools across the North West every year to introduce the world of the arts to young people – The Copley Prize being a great example. Thomas’ work is a great interpretation and we are delighted to be able to showcase it to our visitors.”


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