In creating the Spectrum Art Prize our goal is to extend the consciousness of the relationship between excellent art and autism through the work itself. By emphasising continued professional and psychological support for artists with autism we hope they will in turn become ambassadors for and examples of artists who might struggle with established art world structures.
Additionally, our goal is to reveal serious artistic talent to institutional and cultural bodies by highlighting the exceptional work of a selection of individuals each iteration.
Finally, we wish to build up an archive of art and autism which previously has not existed in order to educate a wider public about the brilliant talent of artists on the spectrum.
I believe that art can create a powerful and meaningful dialogue to those who feel socially isolated, lonely or different from those around them. The Spectrum Art Prize is an opportunity for artists with autism to share their unique world view, as well their hopes and perceptions of life
Mary Simpson CEO, Spectrum