AN EXHIBITION of works by world-renowned artists paying homage to the Valley’s own creator of The Clash’s London Calling album artwork have gone on display in Rawtenstall.
Pieces by Tracey Emin, comedian and painter Harry Hill, the Stone Roses’ John Squire and many others created to celebrate Ray Lowry’s work and raise cash for the Rossendale-based charity that saved his son Sam from alcohol addiction are on show at The Whitaker art gallery.
For the first time, the celebration of work by Lowry, a ‘radical’ illustrator and cartoonist, will be together under one roof after travelling to galleries across the globe.
The work will be on display at the museum not far from where Lowry lived in Waterfoot until his death in 2008.
When the two-month show is over, the works from ‘London Calling’ will be auctioned to raise money for Rossendale’s Inspire, the organisation that helped Sam after he spent years struggling with alcohol addiction.
He now manages his father legacy and the Ray Lowry Foundation, that offers financial support and mentorship to individuals and art-based projects.
Carl Bell, MD of The Whitaker Group that run the gallery, said: “Ray wasn’t about talking about work, he did it.
“He was so creative and prolific, right until the end.
“To have 10 of his originals here is fantastic, and the big names that contributed to this collection shows how admired he was.
“In the ’60s he was cutting new ground.
“Half of his works were banned at the time, and he never ‘sold out’, and how radical he was speaks to other artists.”