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Exhibition of art by people with Down’s syndrome opens

Reveal exhibition An exhibition of art created by people with Down’s syndrome has opened in London.

The exhibition, titled ‘The Reveal’, showcases work by various artists and has been opened to coincide with Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, which runs from March 17-23.

Artists exhibiting include Tazia Fawley, whose work on show includes a limited edition print of her painting, ‘Rupert Flying Over The Clifton Suspension Bridge’, the original of which was accepted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a gift for Prince George’s nursery.

In addition, surreal line drawer Lester Magoogan’s work will be on show. He has previously exhibited at Tate Modern, The Oxo Gallery and The Lowry in Salford.

The exhibition has been organised by Heart and Sold, a not-for-profit organisation established to help celebrate, support and promote artists with Down’s syndrome. Director Suzie Moffat said:

“In 2007 my son was born with Down syndrome and like any parent finding out their child has special needs, I struggled. My reaction and instinct was to use my experience in the arts to meet talented individuals with the condition. Naturally interested in the link between art and mind I became interested in the idea that art knew no boundaries: it isn’t constrained by convention. The more I looked into it, the more I discovered a host of talented artists in Britain and abroad who just happened to have Down syndrome. I was determined to give them a platform to celebrate their creativity and talent, which stands alone and apart from their condition.”

The Reveal is on at The Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark St, London, SE1 1RU until March 22.

Picture: ‘Harry Potter’ by Josephine Goddard (multi-media painting)

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