AN exhibition is shining a light on a little-known and misunderstood section of society – people who are living with dwarfism.

The display, You’re Just Little, is at the Spectrum Cultural Hub, Lighhouse View, Dawdon, in Seaham until Sunday, and will reveal the challenges, obstacles and assumptions that people with dwarfism face on a daily basis.

The exhibition was created by Steph Robson, an MA Radio graduate from the University of Sunderland, who is the writer of the blog Hello Little Lady, which celebrates and gives a voice to people in the dwarf community – and is now branching out into photography.

Steph said: “The exhibition was born out of frustration of having my experiences with a rare form of dwarfism, Russell-Silver syndrome, dismissed and not recognised as a disability.

“The exhibition evolved into including photos of participants from the dwarf community to reflect the collective difficulties of a much misunderstood and misrepresented disability group.

“You can see the penny drop as average height people begin to realise the everyday difficulties people with dwarfism encounter while moving around the environment that non-disabled people take for granted.”

The exhibition came about after Steph met University of Sunderland BA Fine Art graduate Kathryn Barnett at the university’s monthly Artworks-U meetings. Kathryn is Studio Director for The Spectrum Cultural Hub, a creative learning centre which provides low-cost studios, project space and exhibition areas.

Kathryn said: “The Spectrum Cultural Hub is committed to learning, mentorship and supporting emerging artists. A little while ago, Steph approached me with some of her ideas. Spectrum saw the potential and agreed to host what will be Steph’s first photographic exhibition. As far as we are aware, this will also be a first for Disability Art in this area.”

The exhibition, You’re Just Little, includes a participatory element, consisting of contributions from members of the dwarf community worldwide alongside Steph’s photographs and an interactive installation in the gallery space.

Steph added: “Kathryn encouraged me to put a proposal together and subsequently mentored me through this exhibition.

“The exhibition has started some very interesting discussions that I hope will inform public policy and influence how people with dwarfism can be more positively portrayed in arts, culture and media.”

You can read Steph Robson’s blog Hello Little Lady, which celebrates and gives a voice to people in the dwarf community, at: