StoriesPart of In My Own Words

“Each day brought a new obstacle I hadn’t considered”

I’m a 25-year-old autistic artist from Manchester. I have just moved from my first home away from my parents – a house share – to a new apartment with my partner. To share some of the difficulties facing an autistic adult, I collected my experiences of moving home over the course of a week and retold them here through painting and creative writing.

Words by Haydn Gardner

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About the author

Photograph of Haydn Gardner

Haydn Gardner

@MessyMiscreate

Haydn Gardner is an autistic artist living in Manchester. Through his artwork he explores people’s relationships with mental health, primarily using ink rather than paint. His work has been exhibited in Leicester, Anglesey, Wolverhampton and London.