He Collects Books Of The Same Size
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.
Locations & Times
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|