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Spirit of Legends is a series of eight large-scale photographic panels that depict GB para-athletes as ancient Greek gods and goddesses. Created by Hackney-based artist Clare Newton, the exhibition is taking place at Canary Wharf’s Crossrail Place Roof Garden up until Sunday 2 October. It is the first time these images are on display to the public.

The photographs are part of a larger project by the artist that aims to connect the sports stars to the ancient Greek athletic games and is designed to bring awareness to the para-athlete’s extraordinary achievements. Following the exhibition, the photo-panels will be displayed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Spinal Injuries Unit.

Clare Newton says “I want to provoke a feeling of empowerment in my pictures. Each portrait is about a special person, who has achieved such incredible goals no matter what - it is important for us to recognise their achievements, because through recognition it also empowers us, influencing the way we think about ourselves. Through the champion’s success, which demonstrates possibilities, it therefore can encourage us to follow our dreams and so embrace the empowerment that our future could offer.”

The Para-athletes portrayed are:·      

Claire Cashmore, swimmer – Psyche      

Hannah Cockroft, MBE, wheelchair racer – Artemis

Vanessa Daobry, shot-putter – Eos

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE, DL, wheelchair racer – Hera

Sophie Hahn - Paralympic athlete track & field - Flora

Helena Lucas MBE, sailor – Andromeda

Lee Pearson MBE, OBE, CBW, equestrian– Zeus

Aaron Phipps, wheelchair rugby - Apollo


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