Neurodivergent art exhibition coming to Chapel Arts Studios
By James Ashworth @JamesAshworth98 Reporter
An art exhibition designed for neurodivergent people is coming to Andover’s Chapel Arts Studios in November.
Neurodivergence is a term used to describe the variation in how the human brain functions, and is often associated with conditions such as autism and ADHD. The exhibition, Nothing ‘is’ Immediate, was designed to appeal to individuals with such conditions by artist and sound therapist Tony Spencer, who himself has dyslexia.
He was awarded funding by Arts Council England, and has used that to produce sculptures from reclaimed pallet wood based on geometric shapes and the classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Aether.
He will be joined by fellow artists Maija Liepins, Christine Dodd, Kate Street and Terence Noble, who will create new work “in response to the tangible and sacred aspects of the theme.” A series of streamed events, therapeutic sound baths, performances and poetry are planned, which aim to help viewers to engage through sensorial visual and audio elements.
Tony said: “I want to provide a multi-sensory experience for people who may not usually connect with art or a gallery. Geometry is accessible, it’s universal to all life on this planet. I’ve incorporated therapeutic sounds into each work, that are activated by movement in the gallery. This changes the function of a space, offering the visitor a positive feeling of wellbeing.”
Phil Gibby, area director for the south west at Arts Council England, said: “We are thrilled to support Nothing ‘is’ Immediate through our National Lottery Project Grants funding programme. At the Arts Council we believe that arts and culture has a positive impact on wellbeing, and this project achieves that through a unique combination of sculpture and sound. Through his innovative approach to inclusivity, artist Tony Spencer will enable more people to experience the great benefits that cultural activity can bring.”
Nothing ‘is’ Immediate is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
It will be on display at Chapel Arts Studios from Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, December 5.
Through my work as a Sound Therapist I have been exploring the effects of sound on a person, with the intention of boosting their physical energy and improving their health and emotional wellbeing. There are many different reasons why a persons energy could feel depleted. It could be due to giving too much of themselves to others, or a stressful situation, which leaves them in need of a restorative treatment. For some people it may be due to a short or long term illness.
One of the treatment tools I have been exploring are Himalayan Singing Bowls. As an artist working in sculpture I find the Himalayan Bowls fascinating. They are made from seven different metals, which are believed to correspond to the seven heavenly bodies: Gold – sun, silver – moon, mercury – mercury, coper – venus, iron – mars, tin – jupiter, lead – saturn.
When played the tone of each bowl is rich with harmonics as each metal resinates at a different frequency.
To enable you to experience the sound I have recorded a short relaxation with Himalayan Bowls, working on the base, heart and crown chakras. You can listen to it on the link to Soundcloud below: