At a time when funding for both the arts and healthcare are being cut faster than Dancing on Ice from ITV’s weekly schedule, it seems even more vital to support an event that amalgamates the two. What’s more, Free Space Gallery could soon be an endangered species, with the arts and health programme needing to raise £4,500 to save itself from closure. Its latest exhibition fights the corner of autism, with work created by those using it as a coping strategy for their condition; a form of communication and self-medication. Far from being debilitating, autism allows some to express themselves in ways that are completely alien to most, with the most astounding results. Needless to say, this exhibition is worth a trip up North.
NW5ArtThursday March 27