June 18, 2014

 Karen Mcguire
Karen Mcguire

Wakefield, Yorkshire – Karen McGuire, also known as Yorkshire Pudding of So Shoot Me Photography and resident photographer of the charity, Anna Kennedy Online is currently holding an art exhibition at Fell House in Wakefiled that showcases art from individuals on the autistic spectrum from all around the world. Autism Daily Newscast reported on Karen’s preparations for the exhibit here

55 artists from across the globe have contributed to the exhibition that Karen hopes will raise awareness of autism, as well as encouraging acceptance of difference.

AA1The exhibit features work by artists from as far afield as Australia, America, Germany and Canada. The world famous artist Donna Williams is among the exhibitors.

There is also information stands available throughout the exhibit that are aimed at signposting families to relevant support.

Karen has designed the exhibition to showcase the positive side of autism and to give people a better understanding of what autism is.

Karen told us:

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“each artist has written about their autism, their art and themselves, which visitors have found to be a good source or awareness.”

There are also Autism educational posters all around the exhibition.

Karen told us that the opening was a huge success and that the raffle at the opening raised £100 for Anna Kennedy Online, with Anna Kennedy herself attending the opening. Karen also added that the event had;

AA4“a massive turnout followed by great positive feedback and encouragement. Alex Lowey who has autism travelled from Wales to open the exhibition with a talk about Autism. The talk was well received and was very informative.”

Karen told that there is now a big demand for the exhibit to become an annual event and urged that there is still time to visit, the exhibit runs until July 6. She adds:

AA3“it would be a shame to miss it! We have pop-up tents if children feel overwhelmed so that they have a space to go to.”

Karen also told us that children who have autism have gone away feeling inspired and that a lot of them have left feeling much less negative about their diagnosis and condition.

The exhibition is free and blue badge holders can park at the building and there are 2 car parks for non-disabled travellers on the same street, George Street.

For any enquiries contact Karen via email: soshootmephotography@live.com

This FREE exhibition is open from 10am-5pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; from 2pm to 6pm on Thursdays; from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays and from 11am to 4pm on Sundays.
The exhibit will run until July 6

A guest post by Karen on our website can be read here

More information about the event can be found on the Artists of Autism Facebook page

 

About the author 

Jo Worgan

Jo Worgan is a published author, writer and blogger. She has a degree in English Literature. She writes about life with her youngest son who is on the autistic spectrum. Jo tweets (@mummyworgan) and is also a freelance columnist for the Lancaster Guardian. ‘My Life with Tom, Living With Autism‘ is her second book and a culmination of her blog posts, and available on Kindle now, along with her first book, Life on the Spectrum. The Preschool years.

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