The Neurodiversity Umbrella Project


The Stoke-On-Trent Trent City Centre BID in partnership with the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity and many local businesses are bringing an uplifting and iconic public art installation to Stoke-on-Trent City Centre in June 2022.

The Neurodiversity Umbrella Project is a national arts installation which raises the awareness and understanding of our cognitive and learning differences, and celebrates the intelligence, talents and employability of every human being.

A vibrant canopy of hundreds of colourful umbrellas suspended above high streets and public spaces, it is designed to represent 1 in 5 people who are neurodiverse and recognise the many positive strengths and abilities that comes with learning and thinking differently.

It will be displayed at 16 locations across the UK with Stoke-On-Trent City Centre being the first city to champion a Poetry & Digital Arts Engagement Programme funded by the Arts Council England in conjunction with the public installation.

This is an innovative engagement programme where life, art and technology collide. Professional award-winning artists at DYSPLA, digital creators at Carse & Waterman and published poet Jason Conway will be working with local schools and the YMCA to co-create Neurodiversity themed poetry. The presentation of this co-creation will animate the high streets of the City Centre and beyond with an Augmented Reality [AR] activated poetry trail, [AR] comic characters, a Text Art wall mural by We Are Culla, and a virtual gallery of poetry by young people.

The engagement programme will embrace Children & Young People's creativity and the positive strengths they bring to help their community and city uplift and thrive through poetry and digital culture.

Richard Buxton, CEO of Stoke On Trent City Centre Bid said… 'we are immensely proud to be hosting such a breathtakingly beautiful art installation that collaboratively works to uplift our City Centre whilst raising awareness for ADHD and the Neurodiverse community. The Poetry and Digital Art Engagement programme is an exciting opportunity to both educate and engage our local community and we are confident the outcome of such a collaboration will captivate an enormous number of visitors to our City Centre'.

It is part of a wider education campaign to create social change and improve career paths and life chances for neurodiverse individuals by recognising and harnessing the positive skills and contributions that they can bring to a workforce and the wider society.

The Neurodiversity Umbrella Project is set to open in Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 25 June with dance performance(s), Spoken Word recital(s) and a live band beneath the Umbrellas. Further details coming soon.

Installation in Stoke-On-Trent City Centre for 23 June – 1 Oct 2022
To find out more on how to get involved visit


Map & Directions

The Neurodiversity Umbrella Project


Lamb Street, STOKE-ON-TRENT, Staffordshire, ST1 1PQ

Opening Times

Season (25 June 2022 - 25 Oct 2022)

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