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Show Spotlights ‘Inspiring’ Autistic Artists in Leicester

An exhibition showcasing the talents of three local autistic artists is set to take pride of place at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery.

Through My Eyes will highlight the creative work of three creative people, all of which are autistic and one of which also has a learning disability.

Leicester Time: Show Spotlights 'Inspiring' Autistic Artists in Leicester
Picture: Theatre of Birds, by Clare Pipes

The exhibition aims to challenge the stigma surrounding people with additional needs and to show what can be achieved.

The exhibition takes place at the museum’s new Leicester Stories gallery, which is dedicated to hosting events focusing on Leicester, its people and its communities.

Those featured in the exhibition include gifted photographer David Brown, artist Clare Pipes who specialises in glasswork and weaving, and musician Thomas Corden, better known on social media as ItsTCThePianoman.

It is the result of a collaboration between Leicester City Council and Soft Touch Arts, and runs from September 2, 2023, until January 2024.

Leicester deputy city mayor for social care, health and community safety, Cllr Sarah Russell, said: “It is inspiring to see the work of local neurodiverse young people and those with additional needs.

“There’s some wonderfully creative work on show, in terms of artwork, sculpture, photography and music.”

Soft Touch Arts is one of Leicester’s leading art charities, which works with young people with extra support needs.