World Autism Awareness Week at the Whitworth
Monday 1 to Sunday 7 April 2019
St Peter’s RC High School
Wednesday 3 April, 11am-2pm
Join St Peter’s RC High School in our Grand Hall to find out more about living with Autism. Students have worked with the Whitworth and artist Helen Marie Newman to use the gallery’s collection to make connections with how they experience autism and explore the stories they want to share with people. This is an honest and creative response to living with Autism. The students have acted as consultants for the Whitworth to make the gallery a more accessible place for those with Autism.
Friday 5 April, 4pm-5pm
Sunday 7 April, 10am-11am
Visitors with autism are welcome in our galleries at all times but there are times when the gallery is less busy, usually after school hours on weekdays 3pm – 5pm and on Sunday mornings from 10am – 11am. This information can be useful not just to families and individuals with autism and additional needs, but any visitors who may wish to engage with the exhibitions in a quieter environment. Please check our website as to when bigger events are on.
Saturday 6 April, 12pm-1pm
A monthly creative dance workshop, open to all children and families with additional learning needs. Our Mossa Movements encourages all to explore their own ideas as well as learning simple movements in a safe and encouraging environment. This class is drop-in will be taking place in our spacious Grand Hall.
The class is ‘pay as you feel’ and any donations towards Mossa Movement are welcome.
Autism Friendly Art Sunday
Sunday 7 April, 11am-2pm (following on from a quiet hour 10-11am)
Join us as we launch our monthly Autism Friendly Art Sunday for all age families living with autism.
An artist led workshop in our learning studio with activities and access to a range of playful materials to help encourage everyone to get creative. We will also have access to a quiet space during these times.
Art Sunday Takeovers
We will be opening up the Autism Friendly Art Sunday monthly opportunity to any communities, organisations or individuals who wish to take over our space for free to offer an autism friendly session.
For more information about these Takeovers please contact Novae Lee
We are currently working on a welcome guide, which will have photos of our gallery as well as useful information to help you plan your visit. These resources were created in consultation with Together Trust, National Autistic Society, St Peter’s RC High School, Autism in Museums and our Whitworth Volunteers. We are always trying to improve our offer and we’d love to hear about your visit and any feedback. Please contact Fiona Cariss