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From autistic to artistic: An artist’s developmental pathway through the health and disability sector


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This discussion paper describes the international career development of an emerging artist spanning France and the Antipodes.
The research, carried out using participant observation and narrative methodologies, demonstrates how the artist’s passion was revealed via different engagement pathways in the visual arts with tangible outcomes. This involved the planning of novel, inspiring and accessible contexts for the artist to develop new social competencies.
At the core of this intervention was the development of a network of formal and informal collaboration between international organisations.
Many people on the autistic spectrum, due to social challenges, may never experience achievement within their communities. Participatory arts, however, offer unique
prospects for contribution and recognition.

This research demonstrates how intersectorial collaborations have the potential to generate new authentic inclusion opportunities for clients in the Health and Disability sector with benefits spreading to the community at large. It demonstrates how a passion for the arts paved the way from disengagement to contribution.
The paper details how unique interventions were planned, rolled out and evaluated for their impact. Examples with unique outcomes to the artist, family, therapists,
educators and organisations involved are discussed. These benefits have also spread in unpredicted ways, i.e. the artist being recognised for leadership qualities and
becoming a role model.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Artography, digital art, child art, artist-in-residence, practitioner-led research, reconstructing childhood, intersectorial, participatory arts, inclusion, autistic spectrum, engagement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1028 Education Research
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Divisions: Schools > School of Media Arts
Depositing User: John Mandelberg
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2014 01:27
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 03:20

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