Spectrum Auction. by John Hooper

As I have posted before I have been working with Spectrum who support and promote the rights of people with autistic spectrum disorders and other associated conditions. Next month they are holding an auction… well here is what they have to say about it:

“Saatchi Gallery - 4th July 2012

Welcome to the Spectrum Art Auction. We are really excited about the opportunity to hold a fabulous art auction on the 4th July at the Saatchi Gallery, generously supported by Nigel Hurst, CEO, The Groucho Club and Bernie Katz.
Our aim is to raise £8million for our ambitious plans for the SEA project (Spectrum Education & Arts); an architecturally unique centre of excellence in Cornwall for people with autistic spectrum disorders and their families, as well as carers and professionals.
The centre will have facilities for diagnosis, a specialist education centre, residential and respite accommodation, as well as offer training and advice to parents; specifically centred and tailored to the individual to enable parents and family to engage with their child.
At the heart of the centre will be the access to the arts. Art is a powerful means of expression which can help people find a voice and a means of self-expression. We want to research into the extended benefits that art has on an individual and use art to broaden their cognitive and communication skills.
Spectrum want to extend their sincere gratitude to all of the artists who have generously donated work and to all of those people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event a success.
The art auction will be the first in an on-going series of fundraising events to support our ambitious plans for the SEA project.
For more information on our previous local art auctions and art workshops, please visit our website

Myself and Tom Collinson put together a short film to help illustrate the work being done by spectrum to run alongside their fundraising. This is now online on the micro site for the upcoming auction, Art & Graft have been overseeing the rebranding and also created an amazing animation which you can see at