On Friday 28th of September, The Kent Autistic Trust recently opened their annual art exhibition, at Chatham Dockyard, Nemur Room by the café, which will be running until 12th of October.
The artwork displayed is all produced by adults with Autism who the Trust support. The theme for the annual event, was chosen by the Artists, namely Japan – Land of the Rising Sun. We were honoured to be joined on the day by members of the Medway Japanese Group, Sir Trevor Soar the Fleet Admiral, Sue Haydock, ambassador of the dockyard and Cllr Vince Maple.
Photo (Left to right): Cllr Vince Maple, Carol Butcher – Art Co-ordinator,
Carlton – showing off one of his exhibits, Sir Trevor Soar – the Fleet Admiral and Christine Edwards-Daem - CEO
The exhibition was formerly opened by Sir Trevor Soar the Fleet Admiral, and Sue Haydock, ambassador of the dockyard.
Carol Butcher, Art Co-ordinator for Kent Autistic Trust said “being able to exhibit some of the work that the individuals have produced is wonderful, it really helps with self-esteem and status, and to see so many people attending today, and purchasing their work is great. There is a lot of hard work that goes into putting on the exhibition, but looking at the results it is all well worth it”
Although Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others it certainly hasn’t limited the art group at The Kent Autistic Trust.
Christine Edwards-Daem, CEO commented "We have been running exhibition every year since 2005 and we are stunned and delighted every time by the work people produce. It is important to note that the proceeds from each sale will directly go to the artist. I wanted to thank the Dockyard for welcoming us so warmly and generously. It is an amazing venue for the unique and uplifting art".
The exhibition was attended by the artists, family, friends and art enthusiasts and as many as 30 people exhibited. Members of the public who missed out can still go and see the work until 12th of October from 10 am until 4.30 pm.
Joan Hagan Head of Care commented that "all people on the autistic spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing".
The Kent Autistic Trust have been providing support for individuals on the autism spectrum for over 20 years. The Trust's support services are personalised and specific to each individual and aim to ensure that each person gets the right balance of support that they need to be as successful as possible in all areas of their life provide opportunities that encourage people to grow, take risks and learn the skills they need.
The Trust recently opened a supported living service in Medway and a short breaks and respite facility in Canterbury – if people would like more about what we do please consult our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The exhibition is available free to view from 29th September to 12th October 10.00am to 4.30 pm.