What is Neurodivergent Space? You are invited to experience it by watching Autograph's popular online event, in which artists Sonia Boué, Sonja Zelić and Lucy Barker present text, audio, film, and photography from their creative practice, to articulate and share their experiences of Neurodivergent Space, wordlessness and situational mutism.
Sonia Boué is a multiform neurodivergent artist. She is also a writer on autism and art, and a consultant for neurodiversity in the arts. She has a significant archive of postmemory work and her current focus is neuro-inclusive practice-led research.
Sonia is a Board member for a-n The Artists Information Company and Artist Member for CVAN SE and member of the acquisitions panel for NDACA. She has designed and facilitated anti-ableist training for the Wellcome Collection's Social Justice Curriculum, and worked with Plus Tate Network and DANC/TripleC on a series of events for the Network. She recently convened the event Beyond othering - curatorial practice and the neurodiversity paradigm for the British Art Network. You can follow Sonia on Instagram and Twitter, and see more of her work on her website.
Sonja Zelić is a visual artist and filmmaker who has worked across art forms, and collaborated with a diverse range of artists and audiences, with years of expertise working in participatory/community and often also site specific settings.
Her work explores relationships between the physical, social, and emotional environment, and is informed by stories, conversations, research and lived experience of situational mutism (aka Selective Mutism / SM). ispeak.org.uk supports adults and teenagers with Selective Mutism, and their parents.
Sonja is currently exploring the creative possibilities generated by differences between neurotypical and neurodivergent styles of communication. She advocates and posts about SM from an activist perspective via ISpeak’s Facebook page and has recently created a resource manifesto: Sensory Philosophy: Exploring the margins of speech and silence — supported by a bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company. Find out more on Sonja’s website.
Lucy is a Bradford-based, interdisciplinary artist with over 20 years’ experience in arts, community and research contexts. She works across a broad spectrum of art forms, including animation, photography, film and sound, often exploring themes such as ritual, nature and hybridity.
Lucy is currently revisiting her work through a neurodivergent lens, revealing identity and reworking narratives about herself and the world around her. Her socially engaged practice questions processes of co-creation, participation and practice development, with a focus on approaches that are sustainable for her and welcoming to every body. Find out more on Lucy’s website.
Each year, Autograph has an Open Call for event proposals from emerging cultural producers who are working on a new or early stage project. For successful applicants, Autograph provides a budget, curatorial fee, and support to help make the event happen. This event is a result of our 2022 Open Call.
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