Jon Adams

Jon is both a contemporary Artist and researcher. He works in many differing media including sound, drawing and performance, often referencing his autism, synaesthesia and dyslexia, all interwoven with history, science, time and his past experiences. The result is a unique visual perspective of systemising and recording history, time and place. He studied geology at Kings College London becoming a geological book illustrator, later branching out into history and conceptual artwork. Jon has been awarded a Fellowship to the Royal Society for the Arts and is especially interested in social engaged creativity. He does not shy away from creating socially challenging and covert artwork.

His national profile includes being commissioned by universities, arts and science organisations including as artist in residence for Southern Trains, the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge, as lead artist for Democracy Street, Parliament in the making 2015, Dysarticulate an inspire marked project for London 2012 and supported Sir Peter Brook with ‘Valley of astonishment’. He has shown locally and in galleries such as Royal Academy, Pallant House Gallery and Tate Modern. He has spoken at Hay Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, Mozilla Fest and has also presented on Neurodivergent culture for organisations, conferences including for the Scottish Parliament. Active during lockdown he’s worked on projects for DAO, Trellis at UCL and led arts workshops online.

Jon has been on the governance of Arts Council England as a Area Council Member, is currently a director of AA2A and Artistic Director of Flow Observatorium.

Jon also advocates for the rights of Neurodivergent people to fully access the arts, funding, health care and founded Portsmouth-based Flow Observatorium which is becoming a national hub and centre of excellence for, and led by, neurodivergent artists. Their Neurodivergent Arts Manifesto has been picked up internationally and is being used by organisations and individuals in Singapore, Australia, South Africa and the States as well as in the UK. In 2021 they published a report for Arts Council England on the barriers to engaging in the arts for Neurodivergent people.

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