Sophie McShera, Actress in ‘Downton Abbey’ to Open The Artspace in Doncaster.

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Thorne, Doncaster, Yorkshire – Artistic Spectrum based in The Artspace is a social enterprise specialising in art therapy for Autistic individuals.

The Doncaster Free Press reported that Emma Wilson project leader said:

“We are delighted to announce that Sophie will be coming to open the Artspace. Her involvement helps us in our efforts to shine a light on autism which according to recent figures affects up to 1 in 50 people.”

Artistic Spectrum provides art therapy sessions to Autistic people. Therapy through art can improve coordination of motor skills and hand eye coordination as well as enabling the individual to release their emotions.

Sophie McShera is reported as saying:

“The work Emma is doing with autistic people really helps autistic people to communicate and feel part of the wider world. My cousin has autism so it is a cause very close to my heart.”

The official opening takes place between 5pm and 7pm on Friday, January 10 2014.

More information can be found at

The original article in the Doncaster Free Press can be read here