He Collects Books Of The Same Size


Sat 12th Nov to Tue 24th Apr 2018

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FifeSpace at Rothes Halls

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Two artists have collaborated on this exhibition about their experiences with children who have Autism.

‘He collects books of the same size’ opens at FifeSpace Gallery in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes and runs from 12 November – 22 December. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Gayle Nelson and Fiona McDonald, who are both based in Cupar, Fife, made the work about their respective sons, creating an intriguing exhibition which explores the idiosyncratic behaviours that make the boys who they are. Artworks are in a broad range of formats including sculpture, drawing, and film.

Amongst the artworks in the exhibition is the ‘Triad of Impairments’, a wall installation of drawings and text printed on acrylic panels. Named after Wing’s Triad of Impairments, the work challenges the literature surrounding the Triad of Impairments where emphasis falls largely upon what is lacking, and on what fails to meet normal expectation. Parents who receive a diagnosis of autism for their child may find a focus on what their child will not be able to do, yet the relationship they can have with their child may often transcend this. Other artworks in the exhibition explore the boys’ special interests and the connections between both the boys and their mothers. 

A related event will take place on Saturday 26 November from 2-4pm in the gallery. The event is open to all and parents of children and young people with autism are particularly welcomed. There will be an introduction to the exhibition, opportunity for discussion and a hands on creative activity for anyone to participate in. Refreshments are provided and the event is free.

Gayle Nelson is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee. She is the current President of the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA) and was the Director of the critically-acclaimed Cupar Arts Festival. She is the parent of a sixteen year old boy with autism and a Programme Leader in the Support for Learning Department of Fife College. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally.
Fiona McDonald is a graduate of Gray's School of Art. She is a visual artist and a teacher of Art and Design. She is the parent of a fifteen year old boy with autism. She teaches children with additional support needs and creates picture book resources for young adults with a learning disability.

Autism is a life long neurological condition, often still referred to as a disability. The criteria for a diagnosis of autism are based on impairments in social interaction, communication, and a lack of flexibility in thinking and behaviour. Latterly, the presence of unusual sensory processing has also been taken into account.

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FifeSpace at Rothes Halls

Saturday 12th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Monday 14th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 15th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 16th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 17th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 18th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 19th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Monday 21st Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 22nd Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 23rd Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 24th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 25th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 26th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Monday 28th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 29th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 30th Nov 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 1st Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 2nd Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 3rd Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Monday 5th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 6th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 7th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 8th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 9th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Monday 12th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 13th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 14th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 15th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 16th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 17th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Monday 19th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 20th Dec 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 21st Dec 09:00 - 17:00

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