Alternate Perceptions

Mahlia Amatina
25 May - 3 July 2021 Salisbury Arts Centre

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Tuesday 25 May - Saturday 3 July 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 if you would like to take part in the making of this exhibition with Mahlia Amatina.

Click here for more information about SHIFT



#80WashingLines - A Wiltshire Takeover 

This project is a Wiltshire inspired extension of Mahlia’s previous art installation ‘Around the World in 80 Washing Lines

Art doesn’t stand in isolation, and with the aim to signify unity, Mahlia instigated a project inspired by Jules Verne’s book title, ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. This original project is an art installation of 80 washing line photos from 80 different countries. The project has multiple dimensions including conversations with people from all round the world to capture a glimpse of the stories behind each washing line and how a simple task of laundry connects us, all round the globe. Click here for more information.

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.

Exhibition is FREE