Art Activism School

3-day course, 14-16 December

Rivington Place

London, UK

£50, advance booking essential

Learn more about the strategies used in art activism and how you can apply them to your cause.

Our popular Art Activism Schools bring together writers, artists and activists to examine how issues of social justice and human rights can relate to an art practice. Over three days, you will explore the work of artist activists while discovering practical approaches to developing a political arts practice.

Each day runs from 10am to 5pm. Only 20 places are available, and advance booking is essential.

Co-developed between Lucy Keany (Autograph ABP) and Will Essilfie.


More speakers to be announced soon

Mohammed Ali
Mohammed Ali has been a pioneer in the street-art movement, fusing street art with Islamic script and patterns, delivering powerful and moving messages.  Art meets faith, identity and social change in Ali’s work, adorning the canvas of walls and public spaces and continues to change the visual landscapes of the cities we live in. His art has inspired and informed a new generation across the globe, to boldly express their identity and ideals.

Ali’s ethos of “taking art to the people” has evolved to combine street art with live performances, installations, digital projections and moving soundscapes. He has created truly immersive experiences for audiences throughout the world. From street canvases in New York,  Amsterdam, London and Melbourne, to intimate performances in the Vatican, Ali has used his art and collaborations with critically acclaimed musicians and poets to produce unique experiences.

His work serves as a bridge, bringing together communities divided by culture, faith and ethnicity.  Ali’s complex exploration of challenging social issues through Art, provide transformative and radical tools to counteract challenges facing society.

In 2008 Ali established Soul City Arts a global arts movement bringing together artists, activists and communities.  It was driven by a shared commitment to transform society. Ali describes his approach as ‘shifting mindsets’. His formula is to combine creative expressions with strategic visioning, and has been awarded commissions with international NGO’s, corporations, and charities.

Regine Debatty
is a writer, curator and the founder of

Régine is known for her writings on the intersection between art, science, technology, and social issues. She writes and lectures internationally about the way artists, hackers and designers use technology as a medium for critical discussion. Régine created the weekly radio programme A.I.L. (Artists in Laboratories) on Resonance104.4fm in London, and is a co-author of the 'sprint book', New Art/Science Affinities, published by Carnegie Mellon University. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London. Twitter - @wmmna

Poulomi Desai
Poulomi Desai set up and curates the only contemporary art gallery in Harrow – the Usurp Art Gallery and Studios. Poulomi is a self taught artist exploring the world through participatory, collaborative working processes evolved through research, learning and action, and seeks to expose the hidden, the discrete and the unfashionable. Originally inspired by a street theatre background, her tools are performative, textual, photographic and acoustic. Her work has exhibited internationally including at The Serpentine Gallery London, The Queens Museum New York, The Oxford Gallery Kolkatta, and The Photographers Gallery London.

Books include ‘Different’ (published by Phaidon) and ‘Red Threads’ (published by Millivres Press). She has been involved in social politics and community development since a teenager, and co-founded the experimental arts group – HAC, fanzine – Token Black, spoof black metal band – The Dead Jalebis, Shakti – the first Asian LGBTT group based in Europe; and the Naz HIV/AIDS International charity.
Twitter: @poulomidesai | @usurp

Irene Fubara-Manuel
Her doctoral research critically assesses state-sanctioned imperative of identification of 'non-citizens' deploying animated documentary as a form of agentic opacity. Originally Nigerian, she has a BA (Double Honours) from the University of Manitoba (Canada) in Psychology and Gender Studies and a Masters from the University of Sussex in Media Practice for Social Development and Change. Her most recent projects include I'm New Here, a 2D animated documentary and visual ethnography representing queer African migrants in Winnipeg (Canada).

Other projects include African Airspace a data visualization project mapping an entire day of commercial air travel over the African airspace and a chapter which she contributed in the book Boldy Queer: African Perspectives on Same-Sex Sexuality and Gender Diversity.


Chloe Osborne 
Chloe Osborne is a participatory artist and creative producer who makes work designed to engage the public in issues that are important for social change.

She works in collaboration and partnership with like-minded artists and organisations to design creative projects and arts experiences in the public realm.

Amongst other things, Chloe is a member of The Change Collective, co-founder of Club Silly and part of the 2016 Kindness Commission with People United.

Additional Info

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA

The entrance is on the side of the building

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

Rivington Place is fully accessible, with a lift and step free access to all areas of the building.
Please phone ahead to book a disabled parking bay, or if you would like to discuss your access needs: 020 7749 1240.

  • Pretend Families © Poulomi Desai
  • VLF - Delhi Metro - still from film © Poulomi Desai
  • Chloe Osborne