The world’s first Tourettes superhero lands in Scarborough Art Gallery this February half-term with a free interactive, inclusive and incredible superhero-themed experience.

Heroes of the Imagination (10am to 1pm on Saturday 22 February) invites disabled and non-disabled children to discover their own powers, create a superhero identity and use their imagination to change the world.

Touretteshero herself will be there with her team to help children make masks, create capes, perfect their moves and launch their new superheroes in a magical photo studio.

Touretteshero was founded by Jess Thom and Matthew Pountney. Artist, playworker and comedian Jess has Tourette’s syndrome, and finds her tics are a source of imaginative creativity. She’s never been seen in the same room as Touretteshero!

Jess Thom says: “Touretteshero needs you! Bring your ideas, excitement and energy to celebrate difference and save the world from dullness.”

Scarborough Museums Trust Learning Officer Andrew Clay says “We are excited to host internationally acclaimed company Touretteshero to inspire and energise us in our journey towards becoming more accessible and inclusive. We have some way to go but we are committed to radically improving access over the next few years, particularly at the Art Gallery, including installing a lift.”

Taking place on the ground floor of the gallery, this celebration of creativity, imagination and neurodiversity will allow children to choose and move between activities. There’ll be a chill-out area, quiet and busy spaces, and plenty of staff and helpers on hand. There will also be a Mobiloo outside the gallery on The Crescent – a Changing Places accessible toilet with an adult-size changing bed and ceiling hoist.

The fully accessible, multi-sensory drop-in activities for disabled and non-disabled children (and their grown-up sidekicks) are free, but places are limited and advance booking is essential. The event is particularly recommended for children aged between 5 and 13.

Other free half-term events from Scarborough Museums Trust include:

Fabulous Fossils (Rotunda Museum, Tuesday 18 February, 10.30am to noon and 1.30pm to 3pm)

Superheroes of Science (Rotunda Museum Thursday 20 February, to noon and 1pm to 3pm)

Explorer Backpacks and Trails (Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Art Gallery and Woodend, available every day

To book for Heroes of the Imagination, and for more information on all the half-term events, please call 01723 374753 (Scarborough Art Gallery) or 01723 353665 (Rotunda) or visit the website:

For more information on Touretteshero: