Portrait of Rosaleen (Rosie) Moriarty-Simmonds OBE & The Sun Beyond the Waves

Published 30/10/2023   |   Last Updated 23/01/2024   |   Reading Time minutes

Ted Harrison & Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds OBE

Sponsored by the Llywydd, Rt. Hon. Elin Jones MS

Dates: 18 November - 21 December

Location: Senedd Neuadd


This year, the Senedd is proud to display artwork by two Wales based artists as part of marking International Day of Disabled People. Falling on the 3rd December each year, International Day of Disabled People aims to increase the awareness and wellbeing of disabled people in all aspects of their life.


Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds OBE

Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds painting 'The Sun Beyond the Waves'. © Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds

Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds is an internationally recognised, award winning Mouth Painting Artist from Cardiff. She promotes Equality, Inclusion, and Diversity through the medium of Art, Inspirational Speaking and Media Work.

After a lifetime of campaigning for the Rights and Equality for Disabled People, Rosie was awarded an OBE in 2015. Rosie was also lead campaigner for the creation of the Thalidomide Memorial in Cathays Park, Cardiff, which marks the lives and achievements of Thalidomide Impaired people globally.

“The portrait of me in my High Sheriff uniform (2022-23) is significant because I am the first person born disabled to undertake the role. As the exhibition will be displayed to coincide with the International Day of Disabled People, I hope it will encourage other Disabled People to take on public roles.” - Rosie Moriarty-Simmonds


Ted Harrison

Portrait of Rosaleen (Rosie) Moriarty-Simmonds OBE by Ted Harrison. © Ted Harrison

Ted Harrison is an artist based in Aberystwyth. His work is wide-ranging in style and media and several of his works are in the collection at the National Library of Wales. Ted is currently working on a series of portraits of prominent people in Wales.

“I first saw Rosie on television, in her brilliant blue as High Sheriff of South Glamorgan, when the Queen died and she was taking part in the ceremonies at Cardiff Castle. Looking on-line I discovered more about her as a remarkable member of the Thalidomide generation.” - Ted Harrison

After being displayed in the Senedd, Ted’s portrait of Rosie will join the national portrait collection at the National Library of Wales.