A groundbreaking national exhibition exploring the experience of stammering using visual and performance arts, opened in Doncaster on International Stammering Awareness Day (ISAD), October 22nd 2012. It was attended by thousands of visitors and attracted both local and national media attention.
The work featured at the exhibition was created by children and adults in music and visual arts workshops facilitated by professional artists at the 2012 BSA Conference in Lincoln. Both events were hosted by the Doncaster Stammering Association (DSA), in collaboration with their local specialist Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service. The arts workshops and the exhibition were generously funded by Arts Council England.
Bob Adams, DSA Chair, said, “It was great to work in partnership with specialist SLTs and professional artists. The end result is amazing and really captures the person behind the stammer.” BSA Chief Executive Norbert Lieckfeldt, who attended the exhibition launch on ISAD, said, "We are very grateful to all those who have worked so hard to put on this wonderful exhibition. It is a creative and exciting way to raise awareness about stammering, a complex communication difficulty which is often ignored or misunderstood by the general public. The exhibition challenges common stereotypes about stammering, and the children and adults who took part are an inspiration to others who stammer."
The exhibition was frequently described by visitors as, “Brilliant”, “Inspiring”, “Challenging”, “Thought-provoking”, “Moving” and “Powerful”. Very importantly, one visitor said, “I love your exhibition; it makes me feel that I am not alone.”
Dr. Hilary Liddle, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Foundation Hospitals NHS Trust.
From the Spring 2013 edition of Speaking Out, p5