Down’s artists take a bite of the Big Ap­ple

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

AN ex­hi­bi­tion which show­cases artists with Down’s syn­drome is to take its pro­ject to the in­ter­na­tional stage for the first time.

Heart and Sold, the brain-child of Mac­cles­field res­i­dent Suzie Mof­fat, will ex­hibit the work of 26 artists from all over the world at a show­room on the glam­orous Fifth Av­enue, New York, in Oc­to­ber.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which fea­tures artists Josie Web­ster, An­thony Childs, Oliver Hel­low­ell, Tazia Faw­ley and Lester Ma­googan, co­in­cides with a month-long cam­paign to raise aware­ness of D o w n ’ s syn­drome across Amer­ica.

It is an ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ment for the Heart and Sold pro­ject which un­til now has only ex­hib­ited in the UK.

The in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the pro­ject came af­ter the birth of Suzie’s Down’s syn­drome son Max, who is now nine.

The mum-of-three of Lowe Street, Mac­cles­field, went back to school to get help with rais­ing a child with spe­cial needs, a de­ci­sion which inspired her to help give Down’s artists a plat­form.

Heart and Sold, a not­for-profit gallery, was born, and launched at the Barnaby fes­ti­val in 2012.

Since then the num­ber of artists pro­moted by the gallery has reached 30 and has ex­hib­ited all over the UK.

The pro­ject got a boost in 2013 when the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge chose a paint­ing by one of the artists, Tazia Faw­ley, to hang in Prince Ge­orge’s nurs­ery.

While the driv­ing force be­hind the pro­ject is Suzie, 42, she is sup­ported by her hus­band Paul who has a pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness based at Clarence Mill, Bolling­ton.

Suzie said: “It’s re­ally, re­ally ex­cit­ing. This will be our first in­ter­na­tional show.

“We couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter lo­ca­tion than Fifth Av­enue, which is thanks to our latest spon­sor the Sen­a­tor Group.

“The whole Heart and Sold ex­pe­ri­ence has been amaz­ing for the artists’ self es­teem and has even led to some of them putting their own shows on in their home coun­tries.

“The New York show takes it to the next level, and while we only plan one show at a time, who knows where this could lead.

“Ideally we could ex­hibit in the coun­tries of all of our artists.”

Ahead of the New York show run­ning from Octo- ber 29 to Novem­ber 27, the ex­hi­bi­tion will also be avail­able to see in Lon­don from July 10 to Septem­ber 4. For de­tails visit heartand­sold.org.uk or find them on Face­book.

●● Suzie Mof­fat with her son Max, nine, who has Down’s syn­drome

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