"I am 23 years old, I have Downs Syndrome and I love painting,
acting and dancing. This is a picture of me, my brother James,
my sister Eve and my Mum."
Portrait UK is a part of a high profile self-portrait campaign produced
by Media 19 for Channel 4.
The exhibition was launched at the National Portrait Gallery in
April and will be in Manchester until January 2004 when it moves
judges had to choose from over 5,000 entries and around a hundred
images, videos and written text portraits are on display.
"My parents see me as an Indian, but my friends see me
as British. I see myself as both British and Indian."
Williams from Media 19 says, "One of the pleasures in receiving
all the entries to this campaigning was that people didn't just
take a snapshot of their face or paint their face or do the obvious.
People ready did think about what represents them."
of the self-portraits on show are from people in the North West,
including Jessica Emmett, a student at MMU. She says, "When
I was doing the work it was all about my body and how I really didn't
like it and I wanted to distort it. Since I did this competition
I feel more confident about myself and my body."