New futures for Autistic creatives

Artists: Louise Cooper with Sue Pavlovich

Louise Cooper and Sue Pavlovich engaged in multidirectional mentoring exploring the changing contexts of Autism artistically, socio-culturally and personally over the past 36-40 years. This gave Louise a greater understanding of where her work is situated in the Autism landscape, why older initiatives were run in the ways that they were and how they may be able to be reworked to be more in line with today’s ideologies. Louise presented to a gathering on her journey of community arts practice platforming untold stories and unheard voices leading towards new futures for Autistic creative recovery, cultural and community development. A zine making activity was offered to explore and demonstrate authentic Autistic ways of cutting out the small talk and skipping straight to our passionately held interests