Autism SA is hosting its annual art auction which gives autistic artists a platform to showcase their works and earn an income.
South Africa (12 February 2024) – What started in 2021 as a way to help people with autism express themselves through art and earn some money for their efforts is now an annual art auction hosted by Autism South Africa (ASA) that draws in some incredible artists and eager patrons of the arts.
One of the main goals of ASA is to raise awareness and to help people understand Autism. As many as 1 in 68 children born today are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Nobody knows the exact cause of ASD. No two cases of ASD are the same, but understanding the disorder as a whole helps one adapt their understanding of individual cases.
Autistic people experience the world in a completely different way than people not on the spectrum. It is called a spectrum because no case is the same and each person will have a different reaction to the world and stimulants around them.
“We are excited to announce that our art auction and exhibition for neurodivergent artists is back! Please join us on the 24th February 2024 at Nokuthula Special Needs School for an afternoon where art created by neurodivergent artists will be auctioned.
In addition, art work has been donated, which will be auctioned off. We have received art from autistic artist Stephen Wiltshire from the United Kingdom, South African artist Lynda Ballen has donated two etchings, Dali Tambo has donated a piece of garden art and Alice van Jaarsveld has also donated a piece of art.”
ASA’s Art Auction features artworks by South Africans on the spectrum. This year, featured artists include Koketso Sedumedi, Gabriel Molefe and Elfreda Baartman to name a few.
The funds from each artwork will go directly to the artist, supporting them and encouraging them to keep working on their selected crafts.
Artists on the spectrum wanting to submit art can still do so, so long as the physical art arrives in time to be put on display. The auction will take place on the 24th of February 2024 (get your tickets here) so artists need to submit their art by the 22nd of February 2024.
Vicky Oettlé shared some information for artists wanting to take part. Artists can complete the submission form here.
“To send physical art it must reach our offices in JHB by the 21st Feb – the address is Autism South Africa; 4th Floor, CMI building, CNR Joubert Street Extension and Empire Road; and artists can send a high definition photograph to us by the 22nd Feb which we will print and display. If they would prefer to send us a picture, they can email it to me – firstname.lastname@example.org” – Vicky Oettlé, Education Specialist, ASA
Sources: Autism South Africa
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