Expend, by Prue Stevenson

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La Trobe University marks World Autism Awareness Day with an exhibition produced by a Melbourne artist on the autism spectrum. Until 21 May 2017, Writer's Block Cafe, Borchardt Library, Bundoora Melbourne.

Saturday 01 April 2017 until Sunday 21 May 2017 (Add to calendar)
Olga Tennison Research Centre, Bundoora
(03) 9479 2497 ; otarc@latrobe.edu.au
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Prue Stevenson
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La Trobe University will mark World Autism Awareness Day on 2 April with the launch of a month-long exhibition, Expend, produced by a Melbourne artist on the autism spectrum - Prue Stevenson.

Stevenson, a fine artist, singer and autism advocate produced the core artwork for the exhibition in an onsite performance piece. She dipped her bare feet in paint and delivered hundreds of Taekwondo kicks to a stretched canvas on the wall of the Writer's Block Cafe, Borchardt Library, on the Bundoora campus. As a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, Prue practices 12 hours a week and sees a direct connection between her martial and visual arts.

The exhibition is a collaboration between La Trobe’s Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre and the La Trobe Art Institute. For many people with autism, art is a vital tool, not only for self-expression, but for managing aspects of the condition’s sensory overload that can prove challenging.

'Expend' will be presented alongside two of Stevenson’s other works. Oil painting ‘Without Words 1’ was produced during an extreme anxiety attack. ‘By-Product (Embrace It)’ is an unfinished knitted scarf which the artist continues to add to, and displays on gallery walls in the shape of the phrase ‘Embrace It’.

Stevenson will also speak about the role her art plays in creating meaningful dialogue around autism, at the La Trobe Art Institute’s Bendigo gallery on 4 May at 5.30pm. Free bookings can be made on Eventbrite.

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Borchardt Library, Bundoora

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