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Alternate Perceptions

Mahlia Amatina Wiltshire Creative and SHIFT present
25 May - 3 July 2021 Salisbury Arts Centre


Tuesday 25 May - Saturday 3 July 2021 at Salisbury Arts Centre

Alternate Perceptions  -  Exhibition


In this exhibition, artist Mahlia Amatina invites the audience into a multi-sensory experience of colour, line, shape and form through tactile art that explores the creative side of neurodiversity. Drawing inspiration from the varied landscapes and rich flavours of her international roots and global travels, Mahlia’s visual vocabulary creates a narrative through abstraction querying traditional boundaries of style and purpose.

After being diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2015, Mahlia was inspired to share the unique sensory experiences of life on the autistic spectrum through her art. For Mahlia, art heals and transforms, and expands the experience of living. Her mission includes creating communities through the combination of art and advocacy around the globe and presenting art to the widest possible audiences.

Alternate Perceptions is an exhibition which will be showcasing a collection of Mahlia’s recent works, as well as presenting an art installation created as part of the SHIFT! programme in collaboration with Wiltshire Creative’s group of young artists: #80WashingLines – A Wiltshire Takeover.

As part of SHIFT 2021 programme we are looking for young people aged 14-21 to create new work and exhibit alongside our Mahlia Amatina later in the year.

Click here for more information about SHIFT


This project is a Wiltshire inspired extension of Mahlia’s previous art installation ‘Around the World in 80 Washing Lines’  Click here for more information.

Around the World in 80 Washing Lines was based on the concept of humanity, connectedness – and all that we have in common with one another. With the accessible image of clothes hanging out to dry, each of the 80 images were accompanied by a short extract about the person behind the washing line, and exhibited in an accessible, autism-friendly installation. As we live through a global pandemic, we are all trying to find ways to connect with each other and the world around us – and this project remains as poignant and timely as ever. 

Using ‘Around the World in 80 Washing Lines’ as a starting point, Mahlia worked with a group of young people from the Wiltshire region across two months, in a series of weekly workshops. These sessions explored #80WashingLines within the context of the young peoples' lives. Themes that mattered to them, for instance identity, non-judgment, gender roles, family structures, and our relationship with clothes were explored, and the young artists had the opportunity to develop their concepts through introspective activities that utilised a range of art forms. This beautiful unity of ideas created the multidisciplinary youth-led version of #80WashingLines that you see before you.

In the time of Covid lockdown, the message of unity is more urgent than ever. In the Wiltshire takeover of this project, we set out to present a unique snapshot of the community in which we live, and through the eyes and experiences of young artists, explore the diversity within.



After our exhibition ended, Mahila worked with one of the young participants Bethan from the SHIFT! Project. Together, they created this Mahila’s laundry video below


Mahila was also collaborating with a digital artists to create an online prototypes of exhibitions, including one on #80WashingLines
To view click here



#80WashingLines - A Wiltshire Takeover 
Sebastien Varennes
Dashing away with the Smoothing Iron
Part of #80WashingLines - A Wiltshire Takeover