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Self Portrait UK - Manchester Art Gallery
22 November 2003 to 20 January 2004
updated 21/11/03
Self Portrait UK

Hanging on the walls of the Manchester Art Gallery are the lives of dozens of people. Self portraits of the way they see themselves or the way they like to be seen.
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Self Portrait UK
Cherry Moore
Cherry Moore
"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."

Self 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 to Belfast.

The judges had to choose from over 5,000 entries and around a hundred images, videos and written text portraits are on display.

Baljit Balrow
Baljit Balrow
"My parents see me as an Indian, but my friends see me as British. I see myself as both British and Indian."

Belinda 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."

A number 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."

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