You’re invited to OPEn THE DIALOGUE

We are delighted to announce the details of our first public programme event!

It’s been a long time in the making, but we are very pleased to announce that Hiatus will have it’s first public exhibition this September.

It is well known that those who are disabled or neurodiverse tend to have an inventive streak. To see the world in a different light is nothing to be stigmatised. Instead Hiatus want to celebrate the gift of expression and artistry, partnering with disability rather than trying to work against it. This exhibition begins this celebration. 

Hiatus Collective are holding an exhibition in order to open up the dialogue around communication barriers to self-expression and how artistic activities can play a part in demonstrating who you are. We invite the general public, to take a moment, to listen without judgement to those who are diverse in how they communicate.

The exhibition is a culmination of eleven artist’s work who identify as having communication barriers (disabilities) to self-expression which are out of their control. Click here to read more about the artists. Artists chose to submit to Hiatus’ first Open Call opportunity, where all disciplines were accepted and encouraged.

All the artists explore different approaches to how their manage their respective barrier or exhibit work which is unrelated, but crucially the opportunity for these individuals to exhibit in an accessible space is important. This an attempt to start a conversation about often unspeakable subjects, as verbal communication may not be the first choice for some. 

The curation of the exhibition is carefully considered to cater for as many of the needs of all who may attend. We are sensitive to the sensory needs of neurodiverse individuals, provide written interpretation which is not too detailed but is adequate for the work.


11 September 2019 - 14 September 2019 

The Canvas: Cafe and Creative Venue

42 Hanbury St


E1 5JL

Launch Night: 11 September 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

12 September 2019: 11:00am - 6:00pm

13 September 2019: 11:00am - 10:00pm

14 September 2019: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Free to enter, just drop in

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Launch Night Programme:

Timings are subject to last minute alterations.

On Stage at 7:45pm - Jon Adams - As a self taught autistic artist & polymath, Jon Adams works cross-platform, including digital and analogue image making, illustration, sound, performance, written and spoken word. Work within these disciplines always references Jon's autism, synaesthesia and dyslexia. He also is interested in autobiography, science and hidden metaphor. His national profile includes creating work across a wide range of genres and organisations from Parliament to the Autism Research Centre Cambridge, London 2012 and with Sir Peter Brook. He is especially interested and has been commissioned to make socially engaged art. Jon does not shy away from making socially challenging work.

8:00PM - Drop-in Workshop: Creative Mark Making by Hand: A pure form of unique self-expression

Wendy Ronaldson, born and working in Lincolnshire, is a mixed-media artist who also identifies as a person who stammers. Wendy will be facilitating a drop-in mark making workshop exploring various techniques of creative mark marking to create an emerging image. Wendy will help guide participants to focus on a specific work area in this free, drop-in workshop with all materials provided. Participants will work on a long roll of paper, resulting in a continuous, narrative image with the end result as a collaborative piece of work. Participants can also work on their own piece of paper, so they can take it away with them.

Food and Drink: The Canvas Cafe is 100% vegan. The kitchen will be open until 8:30pm serving all things homemade and vegan. All kinds of beverages will be available.

Accessibility: The main exhibition space (Community Hub) and Cafe are completely level accessible. Hiatus and The Canvas Cafe have local links with neighbouring organisations with disabled toilet facilities. Please ask a member of Canvas staff or the Hiatus Team. We will make use of PECS within the gallery space. The lighting in the gallery will be at an appropriate level to cater for those with sensory needs. Exhibition interpretation will be printed on off-white or coloured backing. Large print guides are available. Please email rosie.luck[at] if you have any accessibility needs that we need to be aware of for you to attend.

Drawing of the canvas: cafe and creative venue, the entrance door to the cafe with colourful flags. Hiatus will host its first public programme event here.

Design: Craig Borland