54 St. James Street, home of the ADHD Foundation HQ, unveils an art installation of colourful umbrellas to raise awareness of neurodiverse conditions.
Following the positive impact of the Church Alley installation, currently on display in Liverpool city centre, the latest Umbrella Project unveiling features 15 brightly coloured umbrellas which line the four-storey staircase of the Baltic Triangle building, also the home of project sponsor, The Women’s Organisation.
Now in its 4th year, The Umbrella Project aims to bring an uplifting display to iconic locations across the UK while celebrating every neurodiverse individual and empowering the next generation of young people through education and research.
CEO of The Women’s Organisation, Maggie O’Carroll said: “The Women’s Organisation is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Umbrella Project, and we feel incredibly privileged to house such a thought-provoking piece of art which raises a smile while commanding attention.
“By supporting this initiative, we are adding our voice to the important conversations surrounding ADHD and neurodiversity and championing the vital work of the ADHD Foundation. Its commitment to service-users and their families is outstanding and coupled with pioneering leadership, the foundation is paving the way for increased understanding, support and investment.”
The largest ‘user-led’ ADHD agency in Europe, The ADHD Foundation created the Umbrella Project to ‘flip the narrative of neurodiverse individuals’, and instead, recognise the strengths and ability of those with cognitive differences.
With one in five people being neurodiverse, the umbrellas are a reminder to help breakdown stigmas and celebrate the beauty and value in thinking differently. ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia all sit under the “umbrella” term of neurodiversity – hence the idea for Umbrella Project was born.
54 St. James Street is a flagship facility for enterprise established by The Women’s Organisation. Currently housing more than 20 businesses, the multi-functional space is operating a waiting list for office incubation space, despite the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. For more information on office, conference and meetings spaces, and to join our community, click here. Based in the creative Baltic area of the city, 54 St James Street joins the likes of Media City in Salford, Heathrow Airport and more than 50 international schools, participating in the Umbrella Project.