64-Year-Old Makes Gallery Debut – 50 Years After Chance Meeting With LS Lowry In A Salford Backstreet
On her way home from the chip shop in 1966, 13-year old Elizabeth Kennedy was photographed alongside a man she had never heard of – or ever thought about again.
She could never have imagined that 50 years later she would find herself the focus of a major exhibition about the private life of one of Britain’s most loved artists.
The man in question was LS Lowry. He had agreed to take part in a photoshoot for Nova magazine and a young photographer (Clive Arrowsmith) was taking shots of him as he walked through the streets of Salford – the setting for so many of Lowry’s iconic industrial scenes.
Fifty years later, the images Clive took are now on display at The Lowry in Salford as part of the exhibition LS Lowry at Home: Salford 1966 which runs until Sun 24 September.
Elizabeth came forward after seeing the image in an article about the exhibition in her local paper (the Manchester Evening News) and was reunited with Clive at the opening this weekend.
Commenting at the opening, Elizabeth said: “I had no idea who he was. I remember thinking ‘I just want to get home and eat my chips’.”
Clive Arrowsmith said: “It was such a nice moment in time – I had to capture it.”
Lowry at Home: Salford 1966 – Unseen photographs by Clive Arrowsmith
Date: 10 June – 24 September 2017
Time: Sunday – Friday 11am – 5pm. Saturday 10am – 5pm.
Tickets: Admission free. Donations welcome.
In July 2014, The Lowry galleries were renamed The Andrew and Zoë Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre – which is a registered charity (no. 1053962).