Neurodiversity and Art

Thursday 9 November, 11am – 3pm

Autograph ABP

London, UK

Free event

Neurodiverse groups benefit from creative collaboration with artists, curators and galleries, but how does collaborative action help us to mutual understanding? Why is an awareness and understanding of neurodiversity important for curators and exhibition programmers? And how can curatorial programming become more inclusive to accommodate this?

Join us for a seminar of talks and conversations exploring making art with, by and for people who have complex needs.

The seminar is aimed at neurotypical and neurodiverse artists and makers, curators, cultural education/engagement professionals, care agencies, cultural, health and social care policy makers; and anyone interested in new ways of thinking about diversity and the different ways in which we perceive and inhabit the world.

We will also reflect on the first year of the EXPLORERS Project (run by Project Art Works), an innovative programme of art and discourse that is creating relevant and supportive interactions between neurotypical and neurodiverse collaborators by those partners and collaborators involved.

This event has been developed by Project Art Works in collaboration with Autograph ABP.

Guest speakers to be announced soon.

About Project ArtWorks

Project Art Works explores and promotes new creative, practical and philosophical approaches to the meaningful involvement of people who have complex needs, their families and their circles of support in art and culture. Link here

About EXPLORERS project

Explorers is an innovative programme of art and discourse that is creating relevant and supportive interactions between neurotypical and neurodiverse collaborators. The project aims to positively increase awareness of the extraordinary contribution people with complex needs can make to art and culture.

Explorers is a three-year programme that includes six co-commissioned exhibitions and installations to be presented in 2019 as a Festival of Cultural Inclusion across the UK and in Sydney, Australia. Artworks will emerge from relevant, creative and meaningful engagement with neurodiverse communities placing the discourse of inclusion at the centre of exhibition spaces and curatorial programmes.

Partners include: Tate Liverpool, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Autograph ABP, London; Fabrica and Photoworks, Brighton; UNSW, National Institute for Experimental Arts, Sydney, Australia; The Forestry Commission, South East Museum Development Programme, Artswork SE Bridge, Hastings Borough Council, East Sussex County Council.   Find out more at

Seminar 1 is taking place in Sydney in September 2017 as part of the The Big Anxiety, a radical,  international arts festival, in which every project is an open conversation, designed to promote curiosity, awareness and action. Find out more at

About the event

This seminar follows on from the previous seminar Diversity and Perception, which took place at the Sydney festival, The Big Anxiety, a radical, international arts festival focused on opening a conversation around promoting curiosity, awareness and action. Find out more at


Doors will open at 11am and the event will take place in Gallery 1.

Our events

Our free events are very popular, and we request visitors to reserve a free ticket beforehand.

This is so we can manage numbers in our events spaces, and ensure the best experience for everyone. Please arrive on time for the event, as admission is on a first come, first served basis for free ticket holders.

Additional Info

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

View on Google Maps >

The entrance is on the side of the building. We are fully accessible.

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271