Nu Art Icon

Explore Nuart Aberdeen / Create your own tour

Aberdeen Inspired is delighted to partner with the ADHD Foundation for a second year to create colourful umbrella installations in the city centre this summer.

Strings of coloured umbrellas will once again be seen across the city from the end of May until September 2023, with the aim to raise awareness and celebration of the ‘umbrella’ term of neurodiversity, which includes ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.

With 1 in 5 humans being neurodivergent, 1 in 67 of us on the autistic spectrum, 1 in 20 with ADHD or dyspraxia and 1 in 10 with dyslexia, many people have a combination of these differences in how humans process and interact with their environment and the people around them.

Harbour Energy, the largest London-listed independent oil and gas company and TMM Recruitment, has been announced as the main sponsors for eye catching umbrella installations which are set to act as a major attraction in the city centre this summer on Shiprow.

Mavis Anagboso, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Harbour Energy commented “Harbour Energy is pleased to sponsor the Aberdeen Umbrella Project to raise awareness of neurodiversity.

“Around one in five people in the UK are neurodivergent, so there is a critical need to focus on making our corporate environment more inclusive for neurodivergent individuals.

“We are also proud to be part of the global Institute of Neurodiversity, and together, we are working to raise neurodiversity awareness.”
Local school children will be invited to get involved in the main installations, to sign and decorate the umbrellas with their gifts, talents and abilities – their superpowers. The umbrella installations look fantastic and will brighten our city centre streets as well as conveying messages about ADHD and autism and raising awareness of the support that is available to individuals and families.

Mini-installations for education establishments and businesses

Education establishments and businesses are being encouraged to sign up for an umbrella pack to install their own mini-installations. The deadline to sign up is 21 April 2023.

More information on installation for education can be found here, businesses here.


View the Neurodiversity Umbrella Project 2023 brochure here.

Further information about the Neurodiversity Umbrella Project can be found here.

Screenshot umbrella conference

The Neurodiversity in the Workplace conference

A conference aimed at both private and public sector businesses is being held on 30 May, 8.30am-2.30pm at Aberdeen Douglas Hotel and being organised by Aberdeen Inspired.

Speakers and contributors will include:

  • Dr Tony Lloyd, Chief Executive of the ADHD Foundation
  • Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired
  • Mavis Anagboso, Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Harbour Energy
  • Charlotte Valeur, Chair of the Institute of Neurodiversity
  • Amanda McCulloch, Chief Executive of TMM Recruitment
  • Professor Amanda Kirby, Chief Executive of Do-It Solutions and chair of the ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity
  • Angela Prentner-Smith, Founder and managing consultant at This is Milk

Tickets and further information to the conference available here, levy payers go free.


Supporting Your Neurodiverse Child: Strategies for Parents and Carers

29 April online or at Robert Gordons College

Reserve your free spot & further information:

Leading a Neurodiverse Classroom: Practical Strategies for Teachers

29 May online or at Robert Gordons College

Learn how to support students with diverse needs, understand different learning styles, and foster inclusive classrooms.

Reserve your free spot & further information:

See 2022 highlights across the UK in the video below.

What's on?