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Loyne School takes on Lowry

John Freeman

Artist L.S. Lowry has inspired students from a Lancaster school to pick up their paintbrushes and create an exhibition of local scenes for The Dukes gallery.

Some 23 students aged 16-19 from Loyne Specialist School’s further education department have produced work for the exhibition which runs from 12th - 16th March.

Students were asked to study an artist and Lowry was chosen because of his North West connections which they could relate to.

The teenagers also had the opportunity to visit The Lowry in Salford and see some of the artist’s original paintings and drawings for themselves - and just as Lowry used local landmarks and buildings as the subject of his paintings, the Loyne School pupils followed in his footsteps, taking their inspiration from Lancaster and the surrounding area.

Their paintings include Lancaster Town Hall, the Butterfly House in Williamson Park and Lancaster City Museum.

"Creative art is very important to the Loyne Specialist School," explains higher level teaching assistant, Colette Senar, "and features not only in our curriculum but also in the variety of clubs that operate throughout the week. We have also been very lucky to have visiting artists come in to school to work directly with the pupils.

"The students are excited about seeing their work on public display and take great pride in showing the result of their hard work to others."

• The Dukes gallery is open from 10.00am to 11.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Please call the box office on 01524 598500 to check opening times if you’re making a special journey as occasionally the space is closed to the public.