Gallery commission portrait of Baroness Doreen Lawrence

Gallery commission portrait of Baroness Doreen Lawrence

A PORTRAIT of Doreen Lawrence has been featured in Autograph’s current exhibition Devotion – A Portrait of Loretta.

This is the first work in a major new commission by Autograph, commemorating women from diverse cultural backgrounds whose lives are devoted to seeking political and social justice.

Baroness Lawrence is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a teenager murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. Devastated by grief but determined to create hope, Doreen and Stephen’s father, Neville Lawrence, founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in 1998, with the aim of promoting a positive community legacy in their son’s name.

Franklyn Rodgers, Doreen Delceita Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE. 27 March 2018. Commissioned by Autograph

Doreen and Neville Lawrence wanted to ensure that future generations of young people would enjoy the opportunities that were denied to Stephen by his senseless murder. The trust has had a significant impact on criminal justice and social policy, as well as influencing the lives of the young people it has worked with.

The portrait can be seen in Autograph’s current exhibition Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion – A Portrait of Loretta 27 April – 7 July 2018, free admission.

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