Pennellate di Autismo | Autism Brushatrokes

From 20/10/2021 To 05/12/2021  
Basilica Palladiana – Zavatteri room (access next to Torre Bissara) – Piazza dei Signori, 36100 Vicenza
Free entry.
Green Pass required.
Organized by: Lions Club International, Autismo Triveneto Onlus (AutismTriveneto Onlus)
Recommanded to: Watercolour lovers; Art lovers in general; Those interested in learning more about the autistic spectrum and associations working in this field.

December 1, 2021.

The exhibition, inaugurated on November 20 with representatives of Autismo Triveneto Onlus (Autism Triveneto Onlus), Lions Club International, and Vicenza’s mayor Francesco Rucco, will end on December 5, 2021. The initiative aims to raise awareness and inform the whole population about Autism so as not to leave autistic people and the many families involved alone.

Courtesy Image by Virna Manattini | Pennellate di autismo.

The exhibition is hosted in “Saletta Degli Zavatteri” (Zavatteri Hall), on the ground floor of Bissara Tower. This 82-meter high tower was built in 1174 by the Bissari family and is located next to the Basilica Palladiana, (Palladian Basilica) complex in Piazza Dei Signori (Lord’s Square) in Vicenza.

Pennellate di Autismo (Autism brushstrokes) is organized by Lions Club International, in collaboration with Autismo Triveneto Onlus (Autism Triveneto Onlus), under the sponsorship of Vicenza’s Department of Social Services.  The particular attention paid to this issue has led to the development of an autism awareness campaign for the whole community.  

Courtesy Image by Virna Manattini | Pennellate di autismo.

This solidarity project, supporting families and people with autism, consists of two consequential initiatives: The first is an exhibition of 55 watercolors, created by artists from 30 different countries who have decided to donate their works to this exhibition.

Courtesy image by Lions Club Vicenza “La Rotonda”

The exhibition is hosted on Bissara Tower’s ground floor, in a room with good lighting, and allows access to people with reduced mobility. At the entrance, you will be greeted by some members of the Lions Club Vicenza “La Rotonda” (Lions Club Vicenza “The Roundabout”). They are very informed on the issue and helpful in presenting the project, giving it the proper emphasis.

Courtesy Image by Virna Manattini | Pennellate di autismo.

 The works are displayed on self-supporting panels lined up with black fabric. These structures add clarity to the display, increasing the exhibition area and allowing good mobility within the room.
These artworks, created by artists from all over the world, are all in shades of blue, the identifying color of autism. The artistic quality of these works is high, and the proposal is very diverse. The artists were inspired by several phrases that explain, describe, and narrate the daily lives of children with autism and their families. 

Courtesy Image by Lions Club International | Pennellate di Autismo calendario 2022

The second initiative starts with some of the previously mentioned artistic works, with which it was decided to create a 2022 weekly desk calendar. The subdivision of the year in the 52 weeks made it possible to include 52 printouts of the illustrations shown in the exhibition with the phrase that inspired the artist written on the back of the poster. Every week a reflection on autism is proposed, stimulating the start of a journey of knowledge, aiming to create awareness through the combination of art and the experiences of people with autism and their families. 

Courtesy Image by Virna Manattini | Pennellate di autismo.

The various shades of blue in each work do not diminish the individual artist’s stylistic choice but underline the common desire to promote awareness on this issue through their art. The visitors walking through these works find themself trying to establish a constructive dialogue with the theme of autism.

Courtesy Image by Autismo Triveneto onlus

Any penny collected through the calendar sales and from the final auction for the watercolors on display will financially support Autismo Triveneto onlus’s (Autism Triveneto Onlus) projects. In particular, the first phase of Progetto di vita (“Project of life”), which consists of multidisciplinary assessment covering all areas of the life of people with autism, including their spare time, aims to produce interventions necessary for its development. 
Autismo Triveneto onlus is committed as a partner of local and regional institutions in charge of taking care of people with autism by organizing conferences, specific training courses, and functional educational interventions.

Courtesy Image by Virna Manattini | Pennellate di autismo.

Tip: This is the right opportunity to start approaching the topic of Autism.

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