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About the project

Inspired by an inclusive methodology, the project will include a creative program of activities, screening and discussions about how food is connected with family memories and how this is connected with the cultural community heritage of the city of London. For this phase of the project, the artist Juan delGado will develop a methodology for working collaboratively with a group of young people with autism aged 20 onwards. The group is part of Lambeth Autism Association and A2ndVoice CIC, a voluntary support group run by people caring for someone on the autistic spectrum who meet at the Stockwell Community Centre.

With curatorial support from Almanac Projects, the participants will watch films, learn stories about food and community and will explore ideas on how to approach food from a different perspective. The project aims to build a critical analysis of the place where migrant families used to do their shopping and meet. A series of creative learning workshops focusing on basic techniques of filming will be provided so the participants are skilled to start producing their own images and sound.

Playing with freedom, limits and trust, these creative workshops will provide a space for the young people and their carers to extend their habits of supported learning and communication.

What we do

Almanac Projects is a non-profit organisation based in London with a sibling, independent project in Turin, Almanac Inn. Both are dedicated to showing art in various forms and ensuring accessibility and involvement to people from all backgrounds and in spite of their backgrounds, including those whose involvement, expression, and experience of arts is challenged by their socioeconomic, physical ability, geographical remoteness, neurodivergence, ethnicity, gender, class, age, and personal or educational experiences.

This is done by engaging with ways art can become a part of the daily rhythms of life. There is an interest in exploring the borders of curatorial agency and the potential of cultural change through creative collaborations. Regarding the exhibition as an act of communication, there is an aim to facilitate dialogue as a way of opening up artistic practices to new registers of thought.

All for Autism

At All For Autism London, we promote inclusion and believe that everyone should have the same opportunities and rights. Since embarking on this creative project, AFA’s members have been exposed to different creative activities and environments. The members have touched upon basic photography, explored different cultural backgrounds and learnt about many different things relating to these topics. The visit to the Serpentine Gallery was enjoyed by all and provided the group with an opportunity to take photos and discuss how they interpreted what they were viewing.

So far the project has been a great success and has exposed the members to artistic things and ways of thinking that not all of them have had access to or been offered before.

 

Michael Charsley, CEO at All For Autism London