Artistic Spectrum


2016 EN:Able Community Investment Fund

Grant: £4,910

The grant was used to deliver art therapy sessions to people on the autistic spectrum to create the Famous Faces of Hull exhibition.

Friends, families and carers of the autistic spectrum individuals who had created collaged portraits of Famous Faces of Hull gathered at Kardomah94 in Hull on the afternoon of Sunday 9 July 2017 for a private view of the exhibition officially opened by BBC Radio Humberside broadcaster Sally Fairfax.

Thorne-based art workshop and cafĂ© Artistic Spectrum was awarded an EN:Able Fund grant of £4,910 in 2016 in support of this project to enable them to extend the range of their work in the region.

The stunning works of art on show were all created by 91 local Hull people on the autistic spectrum who attended a series of sessions led by artist Emma Wilson to make the series of artworks of famous faces using found and everyday objects and traditional art materials along with their carers, enabling them to participate directly in Hull City of Culture 2017.

These art therapy sessions help those on the autistic spectrum gain confidence in meeting and greeting new people, create an extended social network with others in a relaxed and calm environment, develop fine motor skills, eliminate trigger thoughts to anxiety by concentrating and processing, and develop a proud sense of achievement upon completing the art work and seeing it on public display.

Portraits included poet Philip Larkin, aviator Amy Johnson, slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce, BBC Face of Hull Kofi Smiles and Karen Briggs MBE, Judo World and European medallist and Olympic finalist who was there in person to appreciate the detailed work that had gone into creating her likeness in collage.

The exhibition is open to the public at Kardomah94, 94 Alfred Gelder St, Hull, HU1 2AN, for one month from 9 July 2017 before transferring to the Halifax for 4 weeks.

“We are very grateful for the funding from EN:Able which has not only opened a new environment and sessions to lots of local children and adults with autism but also created a proud sense of achievement seeing the artwork exhibited as part of the Hull City of Culture 2017.” - Emma Wilson, FRSA, Artistic Spectrum.

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Written by Lorna Hadley

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