New outdoor exhibition to be unveiled in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day outside Pocklington’s All Saints Church

Acclaimed portrait artist Sue Clayton is joining forces with Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC) to unveil a brand new outdoor exhibition ‘21’ in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.

Thursday, 4th March 2021, 2:55 pm
Self portrait by artist Sue Clayton.
Self portrait by artist Sue Clayton.

The 21 portraits, all inspired by children and adults who have Down Syndrome – especially her energetic son James – will go on display outside All Saints Church in Pocklington from Friday, March 19 to Monday, April 19.

This will be the second outdoor exhibition staged by PAC in lockdown following the highly successful NHS Heroes exhibition by Karen Winship.

Sue, who is a portrait artist with a vibrant colour palette and a social purpose, has chosen the theme ‘21’ to not only mark March 21, when World Down Syndrome (WDSD) is celebrated, but also to symbolise the extra 21st chromosome that people with Down Syndrome have.

Sue Clayton’s painting entitled A Kiss and A Huggle (named by the models).

PAC Director Janet Farmer said: “We are delighted to be working with Sue Clayton once again on what promises to be a fantastic exhibition to help raise awareness of a worthwhile cause.

“Sue’s previous exhibitions at PAC have always proved to be so popular, so we are looking forward to being able to make ‘21’ happen as an outdoor event while the venue remains closed to the public.

“We hope as many people as possible enjoy this truly unique and inspiring collection of works.”

Sue, from York, said: “I am delighted to once again be teaming up with Pocklington Arts Centre to unveil my latest exhibition ‘21’ to mark WDSD.

Bethany by Sue Clayton.

“I take a huge amount of inspiration from my son James, who celebrated his 18th birthday in lockdown, so I am very much looking forward to bringing this collection of portraits featuring children and adults with Down Syndrome at work and play to Pocklington.

“I really hope it helps to not only celebrate some incredible people but also perhaps challenge some people’s perceptions of Down Syndrome to coincide with this international awareness raising campaign.”

‘21’ comes a year after Sue held a record breaking attempt to create the world’s largest pair of knitted socks at PAC, with the huge socks forming the impressive backdrop to her highly acclaimed studio exhibition ‘Downright Marvellous at Large’.