Elinor Rowlands FRSA
Art Portfolio

Outside, My Hands are Clapping / Say New Words

Outside, My Hands are Clapping 


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Say New Words 

Outside, My Hands are Clapping 

Autobiographical storytelling from ADHD artist, Elinor Rowlands, who tells of family trauma and disability weaved into film and soundscape alongside poetic storytelling, movement and autistic body, to disseminate timely truths from a feminine gaze. 


Performed at Hammersmith Lyric, 6th June, H&F Arts Fest, 

Say New Words 

Building on from Outside, My Hands are Clapping, which follows stories from great grandparents, grandparents' own neurodivergence and Rowlands' own life as a neurodivergent woman, Say New Words calls for recognition of the neurodivergent language that is a completely different way of thinking, feeling and being for autistic/ADHD neurodivergent populations instead of being punished, excluded, rejected or blamed if you do not live up to the inspiring person that Atypical/mainstream populations and systems expect. 

Highlighting the damaging repercussions of being forced to adapt, behave, think and act in a way that is impossible and not natural for the autistic being especially working in the arts, or education forces audiences to consider why sciences/mathematics offers neurodivergent minds more space for this kind of thought or behaviour but the arts continues to not. 

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