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

A Year in Development by John Hooper

Labyrinth lab at 121 Roman road have put together an impressive selection of prints from photographers they work with and are showing them in the upstairs gallery at the same address. I have one print from my recent Cornwall shoot, in the show. The contact scan above doesn’t do the print justice so you will have to get along to the show to see for yourself. Here

Spectrum portraits by John Hooper

I mentioned previously I had been working on portraits for the charity Spectrum. The site has now been published and more exciting additions will be online soon. Above is just a selection of the 36 portraits I did for them.  Please click through to the charities site to find out about the important work they do. This project has involved many great creative people including Art & Graft, (who worked with Everywhere and Collective Approach).

I have also made a little film about some of Spectrum’s work with Tom Collinson, Jamie Turner on camera, Jason Read on the Edit and John Brown on credits. Coming soon.