Wakefield, West Yorkshire – Karen McGuire (Yorkshire Pudding) of So Shoot Me Photography has organised an Art Exhibition at the Fell House showcasing art from all over the World. Karen posted a guest post on Autism Daily Newscast earlier this month which can be read here.
All of the artwork has been created and inspired by individuals on the autistic spectrum.
Karen told us what the aim of the exhibit is:
“The purpose for the event is to provide accurate positive Autism Awareness to families and services that would benefit from it. All support and public services will be invited.”
Karen shared that she wants to highlight what Autistic people and their families need with regards to support and services and how public services respond to people on the spectrum.
“I want the event to encourage families who are struggling. I aim to educate all who walk through the door that we are different not less!”
Karen voiced that people on the spectrum simply want to be understood and accepted.
“I intend to highlight to support services and public services that children with Autism become adults with Autism. You don’t grow out of Autism.”
“When a child moves into adulthood what happens then to that person, a future of depression, isolation and anxiety overloads is not something to look forward to.”
Karen believes that with Autism on the rise there are many concerns that need to be addressed including how professionals assist and help those individuals on the spectrum. Social workers and teachers all need to be better educated and informed to assist both the individual and family as well as helping to educate society. Karen asks the question:
“What happens in the playground when a child is left to wonder around on their own because they can’t communicate. Are the other pupils in these schools educated about Autism so that they don’t bully these children?”
Karen wants to create positive change with the exhibition and has approached it as an individual who herself is on the spectrum.
“I have worked with other adults who are classed as severely autistic, also I am mother to a child on the spectrum.” Karen’s aim is for people to go away from the exhibit with more awareness and understanding regarding autism. “When they next come across someone on the spectrum hopefully they will respond appropriately for that person.”
Confirmed artists and speakers at time of going to press include:
Jo Redman – Inspirationsal Speaker, World Champion Kick Boxer & Poet – UK
Becky Lyddon – Sensory Educational Artist
Lisa Burridge – Artist – UK
Jake Lynch – Author & Artist – UK
Trevor Aycox – Spray Artist – USA
Alex Lowery – Inspirational Speaker – UK
Zaffy Simone – Cartoon Educational Art
Jess Squires – 3D Art & Photography
Vicky Wonker – Artist
Ben Nicholas – Artist
Jon Adams – Artist
Donna Williams – Australia
Paul Fulton – Artist & Poet
Naomi Mellersh – Packaging Design, Illustration & Graffiti Art – UK
Amie Tett – Writing about living with someone with ASD
Austin Orelli – Wildlife Artist – USA
Joe Murphy – Photographer – UK
Gary O’Donnell – Artist – Canada
Anja Gsottschneider – Artist, Photographer & Writer – Germany
Maranda Russell – Artist – USA
Sam Kirimli – Photographer – UK
Michael Tolleson – Artist – USA
Ben Wollens – Artist & Poet – USA
Jack Carl Anderson – Artist – USA
Holly Salmon – Artist – UK
Colleen Ranney – Artist – Canada
Darien Brooks – Poet – USA
For more information contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
The exhibitions is being staged by Wakefield-based photographer Karen McGuire in association with autism charity Anna Kennedy Online and The Art House.
** The Artists of Autism Exhibition’s BIG OPENING ** Saturday 7th June 2pm, Fell House, George Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Wf1 1DF.
The Art House website