Autistic adults invited to try Art in the Summer

Autism Berkshire is launching a series of free Art in the Summer workshops for autistic adults who live in the county, funded by a donation in memory of the late Nancy England, a former assistant tutor on our community education courses.

Nancy, who died at the start of 2020, was a teacher at primary schools in Maidenhead and Reading for many years and her family decided to raise funds for us in her memory, to support a project linked to the arts and encouraging creativity for autistic people. The appeal raised more than £6,000.

The new workshops will be led by expert tutor Susi Hoyle, of Art Splash, which specialises in helping people of all abilities to draw and create art.

Whether you already draw or paint, or would like to have a go, people of all abilities are welcome to take part in the sessions.

All the art materials needed for the workshops will be provided.

The workshops will take place at Beech Lodge School, in Stubbings Lane, on the western edge of Maidenhead, on the following Monday evenings, between 6pm and 8pm: May 15, 22; June 5, 12, 19; July 3, 10, 17, 24.

You are welcome to take part in as many of the workshops as you like, but please register in advance, as the number of places available at each one is limited.

The first session, on Monday, May 15, will have the theme of Animals – if you would like to, take along a picture of a favourite animal or pet for inspiration.

Future sessions will also have themes and suggestions from participants will be welcome.

  • If you would like to attend these workshops, or may need assistance to travel to Beech Lodge School to take part, please email Helen Harris at for information about how to book free places.