Prince George artist debuts work in London

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Prince George's nursery is filled with beautiful artwork and now a replica of one of the paintings that hangs in the royal tot's room can be viewed and bought by members of the public.

The painting in question — Rupert flies over the Suspension Bridge — was done by Tazia Fawley, a talented artist with Down Syndrome who is based in Somerset. Tazia generously gave the painting to Prince George soon after the third-in-line to the throne was born last year.

A print of the painting, alongside other works by Tazia, is being displayed at the Menier Gallery in Southwark, London.

The exhibition was masterminded by director Suzie Moffat whose aim was to bring together work by both established and emerging artists with Down Syndrome.

"In 2007 my son was born with Down Syndrome and like any parent finding out their child has special needs, I struggled," said Suzie.

"My instinct and reaction was to use my experience in the arts to meet talented individuals with the condition. I became absorbed in the idea that art knew no boundaries.

"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 exhibition launched on Monday 17 March to mark the beginning of Down Syndrome Awareness Week and will be open until Saturday 22 March.

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