ON EXHIBITION @ The Centre Beaudesert



19 FEBRUARY - 26 MARCH 2021


The Centre Beaudesert,

82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert 4285

Gallery hours: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm. closed public holidays






5540 5050 |




image: Emma Thorp The Resigned Baby 2017 mixed media on paper

A mother’s journey through her child’s extreme prematurity, autism and ADHD.

Early follows the chronological narrative journey of an artist mother’s experiences with premature birth, autism and ADHD. it explores the bevy of emotions experienced by the parents of hospitalised children and exposes the wear on the family unit. 

Join the Emma during the Exhibition Launch and Meet the Artists event for the artists talks and exhibition tours on Saturday 20 February 2021 at 10.30am. This is a COVID-safe event - bookings essential. Limited places.

This exhibition gives a glimpse into a world that can often be very insular, private and all consuming. It opens a window into the lives of families living with children who were premature and or have special needs. It acknowledges the journey that parents of children who are requiring ongoing therapies and interventions travel. It also explores their tenacity in the continuing struggle to enable their children to thrive, succeed and be included.

Emma’s interest in this subject stems from her own experiences, when her son was born at 26 weeks gestation (14 weeks premature). She experienced the fear, guilt, regrets and frustrations first hand and became aware of how private and isolated her life had become. Juggling her own desires and commitments with those of the hospital, her husband and eldest child, left her feeling inadequate and deficient.

Early then goes on to explore the world of therapies and medications that accompany diagnosis with Autism and ADHD. It explores the small adaptations that can be made to daily experiences that make her own son more relaxed, included and more joyful.

At it’s heart, this exhibition serves to illustrate a difficult journey that many parents face, but it’s message is an inherently positive one.

Emma is also honouring the heroes in the community who work tirelessly alongside those families to ensure the best possible outcomes for the future. 

image: Emma Thorp At the Movies 2017
mixed media on paper

Also on show is Welded Hearts exhibition by Melissa Carey and Colleen Lavender.


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