Wed, 03/07/2019 - 14:43

The Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Christopher O’Sullivan will officially open an exhibition of the work of artist Stuart Nielson, entitled Creating Autism, next Tuesday July 9th at 11am in the LHQ Gallery at County Library Headquarters.

Stuart Nielson has been relatively recently diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. From his perspective as an autistic person and as a health statistician he lectures and writes about the autism spectrum. A founder member of the team that developed the innovative Diploma in Autism Studies at University College Cork, Nielson holds a degree in computer science and a doctorate in mathematical modelling of inherent susceptibility to fatal disease.

Cork County Library & Arts Service invites everyone to attend the opening of the exhibition of Nielson’s work - a unique combination of media exploring the perception of the autistic person by the world and how the autistic person perceives the world.

Mayor O' Sullivan commented,

“People with Asperger’s can find it challenging to build relationships, to manage anxiety and there is often a hidden element to the condition. In the past this has led to a general lack of understanding of the impacts of Asperger’s and limited opportunities for people with often immense potential and unique skills. The more we open up spaces to deepen understanding the more we can overcome any barriers to inclusivity and reaching our full potential as individuals and as communities. This exhibition offers us a wonderfully new perspective from which to view our world”

The launch of the exhibition also marks the piloting of an Autism Awareness Programme in three libraries; Mallow, Carrigaline and Bandon. The programme involves staff training, sensory events, lectures, workshops and children’s activities. Stuart’s exhibition will travel to the three libraries above as well as to Midleton and Clonakilty which are already part of their town’s autism strategy.

The exhibition will run in County Library HQ, Carrigrohane Road from 9th July to 8th August 2019, Monday to Friday.