Workshop: Autist Art Collective, Nottingham Contemporary, Tuesday, 26. March 2019

Autists are a newly formed creative collective based in Nottinghamshire. Autists all have experience of Autism (either personally or as a parent, sibling or friend of someone with autism) and meet as a group to share, learn and develop different interests in art. The aim is to create positive social networks and nurture creative skills.
Autists are inviting new members to join these small group workshops to meet new people, develop skills and learn new ones as well as have the opportunity to exhibit your work.
During this series of creative workshops, we will work with artist Gillian Brent taking inspiration from our current exhibition to create individual and collaborative art pieces. In the workshops, we will work with different art forms including photography, cyanotypes and collage to create work which, following a similar successful event last year, will be exhibited to the public at Loxley House (Nottingham City Council) during National Autism Week (1 – 7 Apr 2019).
No previous experience needed. Art materials and refreshments (water, tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits) will be provided free of charge.
Session One: 5 Mar 4-6.30pm

Taking photos
Drawing on acetates

Session Two: 12 Mar 4-6.30pm

Examining and selecting photography prints. Cropping and cutting out photos ready for collage.
Cyanotype prints using drawings on acetates and objects. (Cyanotype is a type of simple photography where objects and images on acetates are placed on coated paper and exposed to Ultra Violet light in a light box before being washed in water.)

Session Three: 19 Mar 4-6.30pm

Creating collages using photos, cyanotypes and drawings.
Investigating other materials and textures.

Session Four: 26 Mar 4-6.30pm

Preparing art work for exhibition at Loxley House
Discussing aspects of curation (how and where to place art works) and interpretation (the information visitors might see/read when they walk in).
Showcase of created work to be exhibited at Loxley House.

Free. Booking is required.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have to pay for the workshop?No. These workshops are being supported by Nottingham Contemporary.
Who are the workshops for?These creative workshops are tailored for people with personal or close experience of Autism (ASD). The workshops are designed for people aged 18+. You do not have to be Autistic to join us although previous participants have included people with Asperger’s or who might be considered “high functioning”. If you need specific additional support before, during or after the workshops please contact Natelle Morgan-Brown at natelle@ call us on 0115 9489750 to discuss how we can support you.
How many people will be in the workshops?The group size will be a maximum of 15 people plus an artist (Gill Brent) and programme manager (Natelle Morgan-Brown) from Nottingham Contemporary.
Do I have to work with other people or exhibit my work?We are keen to support people to try some new creative approaches which might help develop experiences and skills. However no, you do not have to work with other people in the workshops or show your work at the exhibition if you decide not to. There will be opportunities to create either individual or collaborative art pieces; please let us know in advance if you would prefer to work by yourself throughout the workshops.
Can I make and exhibit more than one piece of art?We will encourage people to make more than one piece of art however you can choose to concentrate all your time on one piece if you prefer. There is limited space at the exhibition so you may not be able to exhibit multiple pieces; this will be decided on during the workshops.
Can I take my art work home after?You are welcome to take any art work home which is not being exhibited at Loxley House. Any of your pieces which are being exhibited at Loxley House will be available to take home once the exhibition closes.
How can I get to and from Nottingham Contemporary?Nottingham Contemporary is in Nottingham city centre in the historic Lace Market area of the city. We’re only a few minutes’ walk from the city’s main shops and Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. We’re accessible by tram (Lace Market Tramp stop) which is just one stop (or a 5-10-minute walk) from Nottingham Railway Station. You can also catch any NCT Green Line bus or the Citylink C1 from Queen’s Drive Park and Ride and get off at Lace Market tram stop then walk down the hill towards Nottingham Train Station - look out for our iconic green and gold building. We have quick drop off points outside the building however we do not have a car park; the nearest car park is Lace Market (sat nav NG1 1QE). Our address is Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB.
Do I need to bring anything to the workshops?No, you don’t need to bring anything specific to the workshops although you are welcome to bring some examples of your art work to share with the group if you choose to. Art materials and refreshments (water, tea, coffee, fruit and biscuits) will be provided free of charge.
Can I book more than one place?Yes, friends and/or family members (such as Parents, Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles, siblings over the age of 18 years and carers/support workers) are able to attend the workshop. Please book a separate space for each person attending.
Can I change my registration information or cancel my place?Yes, you should be able to make changes by logging into Eventbrite. If you make any changes less than 24 hours before the workshop, we may not be able to take any action before the workshop commences. Please email Natelle Morgan-Brown at natelle@ call us on 0115 9489750 if you have any queries about the workshop or your bookings.
Where can I get more information about Autists?If you have any questions for the Autist Art Collective or want further information/have ideas for any improvements, please contact Jacob on 07852 522557 or email him at

Tuesday, 26. March 2019, Nottingham Contemporary, Workshop: Autist Art Collective

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