For the last six months Project Ability and the Autism Resource Center in Glasgow have worked together to deliver visual art classes for people aged 14 plus with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder.Some people were experienced artists with a developed arts practice, for others it was a new experience.Everyone showed commitment and enthusiasm and some people have discovered a new interest which they are keen to continue.
58 artworks are displayed in the foyer at Trongate 103, created by 41 artists and will be exhibited until April 30th. Using various art forms such as ceramics, painting, drawing, textiles , filming and block printing, each artist reflects upon how autism shapes their life. The variety of the work echoes the breadth of the spectrum, with some works being very literal and self-reflective, whilst others show the difficulties some of the artists experience in communicating with the world. Dr Christopher Mason the vice-chair of the National Autistic Society opened the exhibition, and representatives from Lipsync Scotland -who had delivered a programme of creative writing – brought specially commissioned poetry postcards while two of the writers read short stories at the event.
The exhibition is a fantastic celebration of creativity, talent, humour and imagination. You, Me and ASD is running until the 30th of April at 103 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HD. Entry is free. For further details visit www.project-ability.co.uk/exhibitions.
The full list of contributing artists is:
Andy Adam, Tanzeela Amjad, Richard Anderson, N. B., Alisha Black, Alison Bloom, Julie Boyce, Lucas Bray, Donna Marie Campbell, Peter Carlin, Laurie Copeland, Alan Craig, Andrew Crosbie, John Dougan, Gemma Dunn, Sharyar Faramarzi, Sandra Fraser, Danielle Gallagher, Gerard Gallagher, David Gazeley, Amy Hastie, Angela Kennedy, John McCall, Kirsty McFarlane, Harry McLean, John McManus, Paul Mockler, Kyle Morrison, Michael Morrison, Moira Muir, Ruth Mutch, George Ottley, Sandra Ormiston, Effie Powers, Harriet Rafferty, Andrew Scott, Owen Scullion, Emilia Sorice, Gerry Smith, Lewis Thomson and Sarah Yacoob