Portrait of  Annette Foster

Annette Foster

Drama postgraduate (University of Kent)

About

I am a multidisciplinary performance and live artist, autistic self advocate and PhD researcher.
My autobiographical, multidisciplinary performance work has been informed by feminism, identity, gender, sexuality, and difference. I am dyslexic and dyspraxic, and was diagnosed as autistic seven years ago. This has led me to become an autistic and neurodivergent self -advocate and to undertake a funded PhD at the University of Kent starting in 2016.
My PhD is articulating the experiences of women’s and people with complex gender identities of being autistic through visual and performance art. I am currently carrying out creative workshops with other women, non-binary and trans people on the spectrum, which look at expressing their experience in sensorial forms other than language using visual and performance art.
My ambition is to collaboratively explore creative autistic self-advocacy by producing art with the workshop participants that aims to dispel stereotypes, in order to make autistic women, non-binary and trans people more visible.