20 year old artist with autism Alec McKelvey has lived in the UK and the US and draws inspiration from both. He is currently studying at Austin Community College and aspires to have an art related career.
Art Able is a day service that currently meets at the Boyn Grove Community Resource Centre and provides activities for adults with learning disabilities including arts and crafting programmes that encourage individuals to experiment with a range of techniques. They are supported to make independent choices about their artwork and enjoy the social aspect of sharing and developing ideas with others.
Charlotte is an 18 year old artist with high functioning autism. She is currently at art college studying for her BTEC Level 3 in Art & Design. Her favourite subject is textiles and she's made some beautiful Christmas stockings to sell at Polly's Place.
Artist Evan Frank Holt was diagnosed with autism aged 3. Homeschooled, he paints and draws with his grandma every Friday. When he's not painting, Evan has a passion for Lego, water and walking with his dog Scruffy.
Frank is a partially sighted artist on the autism spectrum and is slowly losing his vision to a disease of the retina. His work is quick and distinctive and he is confident he’ll be able to continue creating his unique pieces even when he is blind.
15 year old, nonverbal Geoffrey Files uses art to express himself and convey his feelings. He works independently to create pleasant and emotive pieces that remind us that we need to focus more on what people with autism can do, not what they can't.
Gentry is a nonverbal teen with autism who has found a way to communicate through art. Also diagnosed as bipolar, Gentry is particularly challenged in expressing herself yet she is very sensitive to her environment and those around her. Her use of colour and brushstrokes exemplify her mood and allow her to appropriately express her emotions.
Hannah attended a special needs school until she was 8 when she was transferred to a specialist learning centre for high functioning children with autism. At the age of 12 it became clear she needed a different approach. An individual specialist programme was set up just for her and has allowed her to develop into an amazing young adult who is now starting a career path as a consultant within the field of autism.
19 year old Jack Rothband has a passion for taking photographs and is keen for people to enjoy his work whilst raising awareness and funds for The Autism Trust. His brother Harry has Asperger's Syndrome and Jack has ADHD.
Young adult with autism James Bye does weekly work experience at Polly's Place. He helps in the shop and stock room and is proud to be a member of the team. He's also knows every type of aeroplane and has made some pieces to sell in the shop featuring his favourite models.
Kirstie Leibrandt makes original crafted items to support the work of the Autism Trust and raise funds and awareness. Especially for her best friend's son Ryan who attends The Autism Trust for Asdan Employability training.
The students at LVS Hassocks - a UK based specialist school for autism- make some of the best-selling Polly's Place products in their enterprise class. They work together to imagine, research and produce new items that raise money for their own programmes as well as the work of The Autism Trust.
20 year old Marie Gorton was diagnosed with Asperger's when she was 5. Singing is her passion and she loves classical and musical theatre. She recently took part in Autism's Got Talent at The Mermaid Theatre in London and also at The Autism Show at the London Excel.
Nathan, a 7 year old artist with autism from LA, insists on using up an entire medium, letting pens run dry and filling up the entire page with only one colour reminding the viewer of some of the most characteristic traits of autism.
11 year old artist with autism, Zoe Stewart, is completely self taught. She uses design programmes on her computer to draw scenes and images that remind the viewer of traditional anime.
Welcome to The Autism Trust and Polly's Place Shop & Gallery, A Vocational training & support centre for Individuals with autism & families. All products and art are crafted by individuals with autism, or the families and supporters.