Art exhibition comes to Whalley Abbey

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Whalley Abbey is hosting an exhibition of artwork by adults on the autism spectrum on as part of a national competition.

The National Autistic Society runs over 100 adult support services throughout the UK, and autistic adults supported by the charity were encouraged to submit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and installations to an art competition last year.

A selection of these works were then displayed in an exhibition in London, where they were judged by a

panel including award-winning autistic artist and poet, Jon Adams.

Since November, the exhibition has travelled across the UK, being displayed in different services run by the charity. The exhibition is now in the Abbey’s Café Autisan which is open to the public.

Over one in 100 people in the UK have autism, a lifelong condition which affects how people relate to others and the world around them.

Hannah Barnett, Director of Adult Services at the National Autistic Society, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve organised such an ambitious project, bringing creative work together from all of our adult services throughout the country.

“It’s important to have occasions like this, which give the public an opportunity to learn about autism and the artists behind these pieces. We hope this will help people understand more about autism: both the challenges it presents, and the wonderful things that can come from seeing things a little differently.”

The exhibition runs until Wednesday, February 24th.