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Iconic New 'Umbrella Art’ Installation Approved For Liverpool City Centre

A giant splash of umbrella-based colour is coming to Liverpool this summer as plans for a new art display involving 200 brightly coloured umbrellas has been given the go-ahead.

The project was devised by the ADHD Foundation which celebrates its ten year anniversary in 2017 and has its headquarters in Liverpool. They have created a design known as the ‘Umbrella Project’ will transform Church Alley into a stunning canopy of colour from the end of June through to August.

The key element of this artwork is the umbrellas themselves and the fact that each one will have been signed by children from St Oswald’s Primary School in Old Swan as well as children across Merseyside, many of whom suffer from autism, ADHD and other various neurological diseases.

Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive of ADHD Foundation, explained the idea behind the Umbrella Project, “The name for the project was actually chosen by the brilliant children who work with the foundation. ADHD and autism are ‘umbrella terms’ for a whole variety of neurodevelopment difficulties, and we want to highlight that fact and challenge the stigma of what can be ‘invisible’ disabilities.”

He continued, “The Umbrella Project is about reminding adults - be it parents, teachers or potential employees - that young people with ADHD and other conditions possess many gifts, talents and skills to offer their communities. The foundation would also like to thank Equazen, Liverpool City Council and the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, whose support for the project has been amazing.”

Local businesses have been encouraged to get involved with the Umbrella Project by sponsoring an individual umbrella for £250, a price which will buy a whole programme of support for the families. Individuals can also sponsor an umbrella at a reduced cost of £50 which will fund two therapy sessions for the children affected.

For more information on the ADHD Foundation and the Umbrella Project, visit their website: www.adhdfoundation.org.uk