The art, photography and music show in the city is postponed

A collective that aims to support and give a platform to people with autism and other special needs was forced to postpone its first exhibition in Derby after a positive Covid test for a person who was to participate.

Wirksworth-based collective Little Canyon was scheduled to showcase the photography, music and artwork of five of its members at Dubrek Studios on Becket Street on Saturday, but the event will now be postponed.

The collective was founded by James Waring, who previously started the printing company where it is based, and Arran Day, guitarist for local band These Wicked Rivers, in November.

It was deep in the pandemic, so the event in Derby, when it takes place, will also be the first chance some members have had to meet, with much of their work so far done via Zoom or individual meetings.

When rescheduled, two photographers, Imogen Ward and James Moore, will be exhibiting, while Anthony Walker, who is keen to pursue a career in broadcasting, will be the MC of the event, introducing those involved. Jack Rogan, another member who is an electronics wizard, will present a DJ set.

“There is a stereotype that people with autism have some kind of fixed progression, that they will get to a point where their development ends,” says Arran.

“I don’t think that’s true. I think that, like all of us, people with autism can still grow and learn new skills and gain self-confidence through different experiences. I think the key to this is to give them new opportunities with things that interest them.

“We wanted to find a platform to bring them together and show how far we’ve come. It will be the first time that many of them have met, even though they all know each other. It’s a lot about raising awareness about autism and Asperger’s syndrome, but also celebrating it.

The exhibition will cost £ 2 to enter, with all proceeds going to the artists themselves, and a new date will be announced in due course.

Kenneth T. Shippee

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