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Book launch: Portrait of the Artist's Mother by Fiona Place

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112 Glebe Point Road

Glebe, NSW 2037

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We celebrate the publication of Fiona Place's new book: PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST'S MOTHER: Dignity, Creativity and Disability

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A memoir and an examination of the politics of disability.

Fiona Place describes the pressure from medical institutions to undergo screening during pregnancy and the traumatic nature and assumptions that a child with Trisomy 21 should not live, even though people with Down syndrome do live rich and productive lives. Fiona’s son, Fraser, has become an artist and his prize-winning paintings have been exhibited in galleries in Sydney and Canberra. How does a mother get from the grieving silence of the birthing room through the horrified comments of other mothers to the applause at gallery openings? This is a story of courage, love and commitment to the idea that all people, including those who are ‘less than perfect’, have a right to be welcomed into this increasingly perfection-seeking world.

The book will be launched by Debra Adelaide.

6.00pm for 6.30pm launch

The book will be available to purchase on the night. For more information about the book please go to: http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=318/

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