About 100 artists on the autism spectrum will showcase their creative talents at North Wollongong Surf Lifesaving Club on Friday and Saturday.
The Artists with Autism Exhibition aims to highlight the creativity and talent of people on the spectrum, while raising awareness of autism.
All students at the Aspect South Coast School and its associated satellite classes have contributed art to the exhibition.
Corrimal artist Cassandra Kavanagh, who has been creating art since she was old enough to hold a pencil, will open the exhibition and has donated artwork as a raffle prize.
‘’I may have a diagnosis of autism spectrum, but for me this means the gift of being part of what I call ‘the hum’, an extra sensory perception that connects me to the sea of consciousness we are all submerged in whether we see or feel it or not,’’ Kavanagh said.
‘’I feel/see things many others do not and I reflect my experiences in artworks and stories that are entwined to express a whole.
‘’I hope to share my secrets of happiness by images I have created. That is how I connect with others.’’
Funds raised from the exhibition will support Aspect’s South Coast School across the Illawarra.
The exhibition on June 16-17 is open 10am-4pm.