The exhibition of ‘Autism: Life in Colour’ supported by Autism Network Scotland came to an end in Edinburgh last night at a finale event hosted by Autism Initiatives at the Gallery on the Corner. The exhibition has been touring Scotland since opening in Edinburgh in August, enjoying successful installations in Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness as well as a prestigious display in Glasgow City Chambers, George Square.
The purpose of ‘Autism: Life in Colour’ was to capture the views of people across the autism spectrum about what life is like for people with autism in Scotland. Individuals were asked to submit photographs or short videos to answer the following questions:
“What’s the best thing about today?”
“What’s the worst thing about today?”
The finale event was well attended with contributors to the A:LIC exhibition invited to share in the success. Speeches at the event were delivered by Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health and MSP for Falkirk West, and Richard Ibbotson National Director of Autism Initiatives. Mr Matheson presented the artists with a mounted frame of their photographs. For those artists not able to be present on the night a representative for them collected their picture.
Mr Matheson stated “I am delighted to have been able to attend the Autism: Life in Colour Project which gives a real visual representation of what life is like for people with autism and I would like to thank all of those who took part in the project. The Scottish Government strategy for autism has always been about people and our key priority is to ensure that children and adults with autism and their families are properly supported by the widest range of services possible. This project helps us understand better the needs of people with autism.”
Autism Network Scotland is proud to have worked with the Gallery on the Corner and Autism Initiatives to support this excellent exhibition.