Two of our level 2 students – Amber Nicholls and Kye Tidman – have been working in collaboration with a group of students from Hereward College who have Autism and Aspergers Syndrome. Amber and Kye have mentored the students over a period of months and produced photographic work with them for an exhibition now showing at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry, titled ‘Our Autism in Pictures’.
(The exhibition is on until 9th April)
This project was all about identity and living with aspergers. The group already had their ideas and the project was on its way before we were involved. Myself and Amber helped by taking the images, post production and presentation. I was hoping to get some mentoring experience but got so much more. Working along side Hereward college gave me a greater understanding of aspergers but also gave me some valuable experience working towards an exhibition. It ran surprisingly smooth with no major hick-ups and everyone was really proud of what we accomplished.
“I throughly enjoyed being part of this project and I can honestly say that I have gained some great experience and understanding about aspergers, working alongside a fellow photographer and learning the process that goes into developing a project from ideas into a exhibition worthy final project. I think what has really come to my attention Is how each individuals final image, reflects them and their personal identity, not only does It do this but It has propelled the students who live with aspergers on a daily basis to come out of their personal space and actually talk to people about it, which Is one of the big things people with aspergers find hard to do. It has been really insightful and a complete joy to have met and worked with some amazing people.”