States of Wordlessness: Exploring Neurodivergent Space through Creative Practice

Thurs 9 Mar || 6.30 - 8pm

Free, booking essential

Neurodivergent Space is distinct from neurotypical experience, but it cannot be described. The neuroverse must be experienced, and you are warmly invited to experience it at this free live streamed event


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Virtually join us for this event via YouTube. A link will be sent via email in advance of the event.

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What is Neurodivergent Space? You are invited to experience it at this free online event, in which artists Sonja Zelić, Lucy Barker and Sonia Boué will present text, audio, film, and photography from their creative practice, to articulate and share their experiences of Neurodivergent Space.

Neurodivergent Space is unique to each neurodivergent person. It is distinct from neurotypical experience, but it cannot be described. The neuroverse must be experienced. 

Everyone is welcome. This event will prioritise a sensory philosophy, and reflect on experiences of wordlessness and situational mutism. During the event, we will share a link to a Google Jamboard (it's free, online and you don't need an account) which can be deployed as a doodle or stim space, or any way you like.

Accessibility at this online event


Rest breaks

There will be two five-minute long rest breaks over the course of the event, which is 1 hour and 15 minutes long in total.


Relaxed event

This is a relaxed event. Engagement via the use of a Google Jamboard will be encouraged but not mandatory. You will not be visible on screen or required to speak.

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Live captioning will be provided.

If you have any questions or additional access requirements please contact Livvy:

about the artists


Lucy Barker

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.

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Sonia Boué

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.

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Sonja Zelić

Sonja Zelić is a visual artist and filmmaker working across a range of media including installation, audio, video and non-fiction creative writing. Her practice is informed by her experience of situational mutism (SM). Sonja’s work explores the complexity of communication and our relationship with the physical, social, and emotional environment. She also works with local communities, devising participatory initiatives that respond to people, place and circumstance — finding languages and spaces in which to communicate meaningfully with others.

Sonja is currently exploring the creative possibilities generated by differences between neurotypical and neurodivergent styles of communication, using sound, image, text and data. As precursor to this work she has created a resource manifesto: Sensory Philosophy: exploring the margins of speech and silence. Find out more on Sonja's website.

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How to join this event

This event will take place online only. Here’s how to join us:

1) Book a free ticket on this webpage or on Eventbrite. If you would like to make a donation to support Autograph’s arts and learning programmes, you can do this when you purchase your ticket. If you have any accessibility needs you would like us to be aware of, you can tell us on the booking form.

2) We'll send you an email confirmation of your booking.

3) This online event will use YouTube. For the best experience, we recommend joining us on a computer or laptop.

4) On the day of the event, we’ll send you a welcome email with a link to join the event on YouTube. You will be able to join for the start of the event at 18:30 (GMT). If you have any questions, we’re here to help! Please get in touch. Contact Livvy:

Part of Autograph's 2022 Open call

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.

Banner image: Sonja Zelić, An Invitation to Speak, large format print, Shape Arts Open 2016, © and courtesy the artist.

Images on page: 1) Lucy Barker, courtesy of the artist. 2) © Sonia Boué 2020. 3) Sonja Zelić, courtesy of the artist.

Discover more: 1) The Mask [still], 2017. 3 mins 46 seconds © Sharif Persaud and courtesy of Project Art Works. 2) Image from a Family SEND Programme workshop at Autograph, with thanks to the attendees. 3) Image © and courtesy of Submit to Love Studios / Headway East London.