Art Therapist Tracy Kelly with autism service users exhibiting their work at the Low Parks Museum, Hamilton. Left to right: Jonathan Beatts, Tracy Kelly, Aileen Meechan, Assistant Museum Access Officer and Victoria Curtis. 08 Mar 2013. © Tina Norris Photography 07775 593 830

An art exhibition by Scottish Autism’s Hamilton group opened to the public in the beautiful Low Parks Museum, Hamilton.

The talented young adults with autism – who are supported by Scottish Autism – have been taking part in art therapy sessions at the charity’s base in Hamilton Towers. Their impressive range of work is on display from 15 April. Admission to the both the exhibition and to Low Parks Museum is free. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sundays 12am – 5pm.

The photograph shows L-R: Jonathan Beatts, Tracy Kelly (Art Therapist), Aileen Meechan (Assistant Museum Access Officer) and Victoria Curtis.         

           

Art therapy helps individuals with autism in many ways: encouraging many that have significant artistic talent; encouraging personal bonding; improving the ability to imagine and think symbolically and improving the ability to recognise and respond to facial expressions.  It also helps to improve the ability to manage sensory issues (such as tactile problems) and helps to develop fine motor skills.

Art therapy is offered in many of Scottish Autism’s service areas and is predominately funded by donations.

Debra McElwee (Autism Practitioner at Scottish Autism) says “Our group has put such a lot of work into this and is really exciting to have their art on public display.  We want as many people as possible to come along and enjoy it!”

 “They get an immense amount out of the art therapy course, magnificently supported by Tracey Kelly – Art Therapist – who puts 110% into everything she does with them.  A big thank you to her, our artists and everyone involved in this fantastic project!”

Tulips by Victoria Curtis

Low Parks Museum  is located at 129 Muir Street, Hamilton ML3 6BJ  

Tel;01698 328232

Art work -Tulips by Victoria Curtis