How can collective approaches support the artistic practices of neurodiverse people? And how can supporting marginalised artists make a difference to individuals and communities?
Join us for an online conversation around collective ways of making art and building community. We’ll discuss the targeted, personalised support that enables participation in the arts by neurodiverse artists, and ways of supporting people who can’t always advocate for themselves, whilst maintaining autonomy and individual expression.
Inspired by our current exhibition by Sharif Persaud – exploring identity through his experience of contemporary life and autism – the event will start with a look at the work done by Project Art Works, a collective of neurodiverse artists and activists recently nominated for the Turner Prize. Their programme centres both the production of artworks and improving outcomes in social care, advocating for a set of ‘collective rights’ for neurodiverse people and those that support them.
We’ll hear from Sonia Boué (multiform neurodivergent artist), Tim Corrigan (artist and director of Project Artworks), Anna Farley (autistic artist and founder of Autography at Photofusion) and Thompson Hall (resident artist at ActionSpace’s Cockpit Arts Studio). The event will have BSL interpretation by Rebekah Spencer and Omoyele Thomas.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Ali Eisa is Autograph’s Learning & Participation Manager. Ali is an artist and educator with passion for doing creative work with young people and getting their voices heard on the big social issues we face.
Sonia Boué is a multiform neurodivergent artist. She is also a writer on autism and art, and a leading consultant for neurodiversity in the arts. She has a significant body of postmemory work and pioneers in neuro-inclusive practice-led research.
Tim Corrigan is an artist filmmaker and Creative Director at Project Art Works.
He has extensive experience of working with adults and children who have complex support needs through a wide range of creative projects.
He specialises in collaborating with individuals who present behaviour described as challenging and those at most risk of isolation and exclusion.
Anna Farley is an autistic artist who makes work exploring her autism, UK disability culture and inclusion. Balancing concept and craft, Anna makes process-based art using methods of sculpture, photography, sound, drawing, text, and participation.
She founded, project manages and facilitates Autography at Photofusion, a photography programme for adults on the autistic spectrum. She works as a consultant and facilitating artist across the Project Art Works creative programme as part of the collective and is an advisor to the board. In pursuit of making an invisible disability, visible, Anna consults, creates and delivers bespoke Autism awareness and inclusion training nationally and internationally.
Thompson Hall is a London based artist. Primarily working with acrylic paint and pastel drawings, Hall’s often colourful palette takes inspiration from artists including Chris Ofili and Frank Auerbach.
Hall was awarded an Emerging Artist commission and a Micro Grant from Unlimited in 2017 and 2020 respectively and he has exhibited in solo and group shows across the UK. Through abstracted symbols and text, Hall’s work explores the inequalities of society and the world around him, in regards to politics, social change, marginalisation and, most recently, the impact that Covid-19 is having on our society.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
The event will have BSL interpretation by Rebekah Spencer and Omoyele Thomas. If you have any access needs you would like us to know about please get in touch at email@example.com We are happy to help!