Same but Different
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Our Mission:

Creativity. Collaboration. Empowerment.

Supporting people affected by rare disease and disability whilst giving them a stronger voice in their community.


About us

Same but Different is a not-for-profit organisation who use the arts to give a greater voice to those affected by disability and rare diseases. We help people to see the person behind the condition and work with our partners to bring communities closer together.

We create thought-provoking art projects that stimulate conversation, change attitudes and empower those affected.


Our Impact

At Same but Different, we strive to continually create innovative and unique exhibitions that capture people’s attention and encourage dialogue. Our participants have the opportunities to share their stories and have a stronger voice, whilst the wider community can use these exhibitions to reduce isolation through gaining a clearer understanding of what it means to be disabled or affected by rare diseases.




In the last 12 months alone we have appeared in publications with over 37 million circulation (daily average figure).




We have exhibited at 37 events or locations during the last twelve months. Our exhibitions have been on display for over 108 days.



Thousand PEOPLE

Over 14,500 people have attended exhibitions or events that we have exhibited at during the last twelve months.


Our Exhibitions

With each exhibition we strive to create something innovative, something to encourage people to want to know more about the participant and the impact of their condition on them and their families. Through our projects and events, we are not able to find a cure or make people better but we can reduce isolation by creating a more understanding community, whether it is in their neighbourhood, work, education establishment or medical environment.


We Can…

The aim of ‘We can…’ was to highlight ability over disability. Through these images and stories we worked with the individuals to offer a glimpse into their skills and talents that often people overlook.

Rare Beauty

This scene based project took the viewer into an environment that is often associated with sterile and frightening environments, such as the operating theatre, hospital wards and clinics, and yet we added beauty and serenity.

Rare Project

This on-going project shines a light on rare diseases and its impact on those affected by rare diseases. We have used powerful portraits to capture the person behind the condition. We are constantly building on this project. 

Beauty of Rare

Each scene in this series was carefully created to hint at the impact of the rare disease on an individual and their families. Through curiosity we set out to encourage people to want to know more.


“The pictures of children were works of art in their own right, but they also captured the warmth and the love that they both experienced and gave back, notwithstanding the severe and complex difficulties and challenges they and their families face.”

Alastair Kent, former Chair of Rare Disease UK