To celebrate Autism Acceptance Week (Monday 27th March to Sunday 2nd April) Osprey Charging, one of the UK’s leading networks of rapid EV charging points, have announced it will be displaying eye-catching, unique artwork created by autistic artist Rebecca Ellis, across its EV chargers.
Ellis is a researcher, artist, science communicator, and advocate for the neurodivergent community. Osprey has awarded her £1,000 for her artwork The Acceptance Journey which is being printed into high quality wraps and exhibited on 21 of its chargers at rapid charging locations across the UK.
“I’m hugely flattered that Osprey has chosen to display my artwork on their chargers,” said Rebecca Ellis. “I wanted the piece to be colourful and positive as we work together as a community to reduce stigma, embrace neurodiversity, and increase understanding. Thanks to Osprey for giving me a platform to display my art whilst creating such a positive message. The charger artwork project shows allyship in supporting the autistic, neurodivergent and wider disabled communities with these fantastic campaigns.”
The decorated chargers can be found at Purley Cross Retail Park, Croydon; Pearl and Trawl, Wadebridge; Rock Rose, Dover; Skymaster, Warrington; Thatcher’s Needle, Diss; Squirrel, Ludlow; Stourvale, Christchurch; Burger King St Oswalds, Gloucester; Willows, Blackburn, and Allison Street Retail Park, Ayr.
“At Osprey we are building an EV charging network that is open to all, and it’s therefore critical for us to show our support for communities who are often underrepresented,” said Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging. “By converting our EV chargers into galleries for artwork we are honouring themes that have been suggested by our staff and customers, whilst bringing attention to some important causes and organisations. I want to thank Rebecca for supporting us with this campaign. Her artwork will inspire drivers and others at our charging locations to consider and make choices that respect people with autism as well as all disabilities.”
Osprey’s chargers have previously hosted artwork in celebration of Pride (July), Black History Month (October), UK Disability History Month (November) and International Day of People with Disabilities (December). It is the only UK charge point network using its charger real estate to display artwork that draws attention to and celebrates these important themes.