Changing Our Lives has been supporting people on the Autistic Spectrum to use photography as a medium to express themselves, get out in to their communities and photograph the sights they see.
Changing Our Lives supported people to learn how to use point and shoot and professional SLR cameras and to find interesting things in their homes, gardens and communities to photograph.
Displayed here are a range of images showing their progression in to photography.
The Young Women and Theatre project gathered the views of over 140 young women both with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and young women with no disability. We wanted to find out what young women were thinking today and what they really want. The young women made a film and held a launch on 24th September. They told us that whether they have a disability or not, they all have hopes and dreams to be successful and lead independent lives.
With the support of a Play is Making A Difference grant, we spent a week working with groups of young men with learning disabilities to create a Graffiti Art exhibition. We worked with young men from youth groups including Barnardos, the Tipton Muslim Community Centre, and Funerama, to learn the art of how to graffiti on to canvas. The young people discussed issues that make a difference to their lives and created pieces of graffiti art that were inspired by their thoughts. On the final day, all of the groups came together to spray the themes of their workshops onto a car that was donated by Sandwell Police and transported to The Public by Star Autos. The end result was an amazing work of art that went on display at The Public.