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Jerwood Gallery: Relaxed Mornings

12th Feb 2019

Jerwood Gallery are launching a new programme of Relaxed Mornings in Hastings this February. The gallery will open its doors an hour earlier than usual, at 10am, on select Thursdays each month. ‘Relaxed’ events are specially curated drop-in sessions for people with autism spectrum conditions and their families and carers, so they can enjoy the arts together in a stress-free environment.

‘Relaxed’ events are also suitable for people with sensory conditions, learning difficulties or other complex needs who would benefit from a calm and friendly space. There will also be a ‘chill out’ zone for people who might need to take a break during their visit.

Jerwood Gallery has been working on this new programme with Aspens, who provide support to children, young people and adults with a range of disabilities, complex needs and those on the autism spectrum.

Paula Taylor, acting manager for Aspens at Roebuck Centre in Hastings, brought three Aspens service users to the gallery for an exploratory visit last year. Their feedback was invaluable in the development of these events.

Image: Photo © Pete Jones. Courtesy Jerwood Gallery.

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