SLIDESHOW - Exhibition raising awareness of autism

Artists from around the world have contributed to an exhibition to raise awareness of autism.

The Artists of Autism Exhibition is now open at Fell House, on George Street, Wakefield, featuring work by artists from as far afield as Australia, America, Germany and Canada.

More than 50 artists with autism from around the world have contributed to an exhibition of their work to raise awareness of the condition, organised by Karen McGuire.

More than 50 artists with autism from around the world have contributed to an exhibition of their work to raise awareness of the condition, organised by Karen McGuire.

It has been organised by Wakefield-based Photographer Karen McGuire, who has autism, and her partner Craig Binns to highlight the support that autistic people and their families need.

Miss McGuire said: “The exhibition has a variety of artwork in different media. There are also some stand with information for families about where they can get support.”

The couple used their own money to fund the exhibition, and were helped by the Art House, who let them have the building for free.

Miss McGuire said the aim was to show the positive side of autism and give people a better understanding of the condition.

She said: “All people with autism want is acceptance and understanding. What has been really nice is that families of children with autism have come into the exhibition and the children have gone away feeling inspired.

“They’ve seen that it is not all negative. It’s been really overwhelming.”

The exhibition includes a painting by Candy Waters, a 13-year-old girl who lives in America and has severe autism.

Artwork by children from the Methodist J&I and St Thomas a Becket Catholic Secondary schools is also displayed in the exhibition.

Miss McGuire added: “I contacted some schools who that have autism resources to take part.”

The free exhibition is on until July 6 and is open from 10am-5pm on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 2pm-6pm on Thursdays, 10am-4pm on Saturdays and 11am-4pm on Sundays.