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Tuesday 20 November 2018

Kids get creative for project

The participants at the ‘Making Your Own Space’ exhibition in Pugin Court with artist Mary Claire Kehoe (on right)
The participants at the ‘Making Your Own Space’ exhibition in Pugin Court with artist Mary Claire Kehoe (on right)

Sara Gahan

An art exhibition by Advocates for Autism, in collaboration with artist Mary Claire Kehoe, has been described as an important project to give kids with autism the opportunity to express themselves.

Advocates for Autism were successful in securing funding from Wexford County Council 'Creative Community Programme' this year and were assigned local artist Mary Claire for their project.

Artist Mary Claire put together the children's pieces of art to create one masterpiece - entitled 'Making Your Own Space'. The participants were asked to come up with a piece that represented something they enjoy.

'We had a garden, a path, different paintings, flowers, hand prints and much more,' said Anne Marie Kelly from Advocates for Autism. 'Everyone had a part to play.'

The exhibition was held last week in a venue at Pugin Court and the children were ecstatic to see their final piece of work on display.

A total of 13 families, who attend Advocates for Autism, took part in the project.

'It gives children with autism the chance to work in a group, work with their siblings and collaborate with other children too,' said Anne Marie.

The project took three weeks to complete, with each family getting five-days to finish their work.

Anne Marie said the project gives the kids an opportunity to use materials they might not have had used before, such as charcoal and clay.

'We feel it is very important children with autism get a chance like this to work with their peers,' said Anne Marie.

Advocates for Autism will approach Wexford County Council again to see can they secure the funding again.

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