The indescribable joy of finally knowing who I am: POW! Festival 2023

Dates:10 March 2023 to 14 March 2023
Times:11-4pm daily (Private View Thurs 9th March 6pm - 9pm)

Group art exhibition

Private View

Thursday 9th March 6pm to 9pm, with a quiet hour 6-7pm

This is a free drop-in event. Just turn up!

POW are proud to host artists from Thanet’s neurodivergent community in this takeover of Pie Factory Margate in Margate’s Old Town. Featuring in the exhibition are artworks exploring what it means to be neurodivergent and or living with chronic illnesses by artists from Invisible Women, members of the Neurodivergent Friends in Thanet community, and Mellissa Fisher and her collective of artists

The private view of the exhibition will take place on Thursday 9th March. The private view will start with a quiet hour from 6-7pm for anyone with sound-based sensory needs to comfortably view the show.

The exhibition will run from Friday 10 March to Tuesday 14 March.

The artists and collaborators will host talks throughout the week. They will cover topics including how they use their practice to raise awareness of neurodiversity in women. Chatting about what the public can do to support people with invisible illnesses/neurodivergence and focusing on the theme of JOY, celebrating the joy and super power of being neurodivergent.

Find out more about the talks here.

About Neurodivergent Friends in Thanet

Created in March 2022, Neurodivergent Friends in Thanet is a non-profit community group helping local Neurodivergent adults meet their peers in safe spaces, offering meet-ups, creative workshops and peer support for Neurodivergent Adults in Thanet.

Our mission is to bridge the gap in local resources for Neurodivergent adults, working for positive change in mental health, well-being, community, belonging, self-acceptance, and self-advocacy. We are for ALL Neurodivergents (Diagnosed/Self-Diagnosed/Questioning), we are 100% Community and Neurodivergent-led, we are Anti-racist, and LGBTQIA+, Feminist, Fat, Trans & Disability positive.

Find out more here.

About Collective led by Mellissa Fisher

Collective of artists exploring and visually representing what it’s like to experience chronic invisible illnesses, celebrating the joy of the human body and educating ways in which to describe the body, using the casts of the body to raise awareness of societal stigma and educating how to describe the body with words from affected communities.

Find out more here.

About Invisible Women

Invisible Women are a group of female artists POW has featured in previous festivals, they are autistic artists, including Marion Armstrong, Tonii Astro, Debbie Freeman, Chloe Lewer and Lannah Marshall , all of whom are dealing with the ongoing issue of women not being recognised as autistic.

The name ‘Invisible Women’ arose from the fact that women are often underdiagnosed in autism and have had to fight for diagnoses and support.

The women will be making work around the joy they have experienced since their diagnosis, including Marion’s piece ”The indescribable joy of finally knowing who i am” which the collective exhibition has been named after. They will be present at the gallery all weekend, ready to chat about the work and autism. Discussion will lead from ancient folklore to present day empowerment.

These artists all feature in the exhibition The indescribable joy of finally knowing who I am at Pie Factory Margate from Friday 10 – Tuesday 14 March as part of POW Festival 2023. Find out more about their other events here.

You can also hear from these artists in our online event with Ruby Rare on Saturday 4 March. Find out more here.

About Pie Factory Margate

Pie Factory Margate is a venue for exhibitions and events in Margate Old Town. Available to hire on a weekly basis the gallery hosts a changing programme of exhibitions and events.

Over a hundred years ago you would have found a pork butchers in Broad Street. Originally known as Knightons it became Scotts and there were shops throughout Thanet. The firm was particularly known for their pork pies, smoked sausages and flead cake. The business closed in 1974 and the building became a book warehouse. This lasted until 1998 and since then the site has been waiting to come alive.


Pie Factory Margate has step free access and is across one level on the ground floor. The space has bright gallery lights that will be focused on the artwork. There are two toilets in the gallery, one of which has basic accessibility for wheelchair users including a wide door and handrail. There is also a baby changing table. Drinks will be available at the private view.


If you have Covid or flu-like symptoms, we ask that you do not attend our events, to help protect our staff, our volunteers, and vulnerable members of the community.


Pie Factory Margate is a 10 minute walk away from Margate train station. Bus stops at Cecil Square are a 3 minute walk away, where the Loop, number 8, 34, 36, and 960 stop. There is limited paid for parking outside the gallery, and in nearby car parks in central Margate.

Any questions?

If you have any questions, please email and our friendly team will be able to help you.