17 March 2016
Sunshine and Smiles, a support network for children and young people who have Down Syndrome and their families in Leeds, has an exciting few days planned to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this year.
Marc Davies, Head of our Environment discipline, is a trustee of the charity and we are proud to have been providing support to Sunshine and Smiles for over a year now, with website design and development (due to launch this Saturday, 19th March), graphic design support and helping to raise awareness.
Saturday 19th March sees the launch of their photography exhibition ‘I Am Me’ (#IAmMe) at Kirkstall Abbey Visitors Centre, Leeds, LS5 3EH, from 10am – 3pm. The exhibition will run until 25th March (excluding 21st as the centre is closed).
I Am Me is a glimpse of the extraordinary journeys that children, young people and families travel from unanswerable questions, initial feelings of worry and fear, to moments of achievement, joy, success and celebration, whatever they may be.
The launch event is an initial set of photographs with the aim that it becomes a much bigger touring exhibition featuring as many of their families as want to be involved. The exhibitions will help to raise awareness, give a balanced perspective and dispel some of the myths and preconceptions about Down syndrome.
To complement the exhibition launch, a video of the images and text from the exhibition will be shown daily on a regular basis on the big screen at Millennium Square, Leeds from 19th – 25th March.
Finally the First Direct Arena, Leeds will be lighting up in blue and yellow, the internationally recognised colours for Down syndrome awareness, on 19th, 20th & 21st March and members from the charity will be meeting on the concourse in front of the arena at 6pm on Sunday 20th March to take a group photograph ready to share for World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March.
For more information about Sunshine and Smiles, visit their website here.
Read the interview with Marc Davies who talks about the "I Am Me" photography project and why it is important to him.