Drawing as Stimming

Drawing as Stimming supported by Necessity is a wide-ranging project formed of collaborations.

It includes:

Mentoring Neurodivergent Artists

'Quiet Crits' a crit session for artists that doesn't prioritise speech

Tools to provide a safe space for stimming

Tools and processes that encourage embodied methods of art interpretation

Support for art organisations to facilitate space for non-verbal interpretation

Professional Development for students and teachers

A collaboration agreement to support disabled artists and the institutions representing them to include the access needs of disabled visitors in the public programming of work

Fieldwork for neurodivergence, particularly supporting neurodivergent needs in the built environment

Body as Sketchbook, encouraging engagement through touch with materials to encourage stimming as communication

Materials that Listen a workshop programme centring alternative communication through embodied practice

This work has incorporated collaboration with many neurodivergent artists and participants and so far has had engagement of 1500 and counting people.

With thanks to collaboration with, Neuk Collective, Sian Morrell, Claye Bowler, Hannah Pillai (and Attenborough Arts Centre) and Sage Stephanou

Get in touch via the contact page if you would like to know more about the resources and project

This work has received support and engagement from, Attenborough Arts Centre, Fermynwoods, Wellcome Collection, Tourettes Hero, The Big Draw, Mostyn Gallery, Venture Arts, Disability Arts Cymru, Unlimited, British Art Network, Pyramid of Arts, Crescent Arts, Scarborough Art Gallery, York Art Gallery, The Arthouse Wakefield, DeMonfort University, Leicester University, Bradford Producing Hub, Arts Council England, 87 Gallery (Artlink), The Tetley, Hale Projects and Spaces of Joy, Exchange 2 project, Primary Nottingham, Turf projects, HARI, Axisweb, Scottish Womens Autism Network and many SEND schools