Surviving as an Artist
Participatory Photography

Tue 25 October, 6:30pm

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free event

Listen to experienced practitioners discuss the value and challenges in making participatory photographic works.


  • In depth accounts of the ambitions, practicalities and management of participatory photographic projects
  • Insight into the ethical considerations when working closely with community groups
  • Q&A with experienced practitioners


Birmingham based British documentary photographer Andrew Jackson uses environmental portraits and long form works to explore urbanism, citizenship and migration.  He is a graduate of the MA Documentary program at Newport in Wales and has since undertaken both self-initiated and commissioned works in the UK and abroad. In 2013 he co-founded Some Cities Community Interest Company, a participatory photography organisation designed to create opportunities for the citizens of Birmingham to chronicle their own experience through photographs and then to construct an on-going archive of their results. In 2012 was nominated for the Prix Picket Award and his work has been widely published including the Guardian, Independent Magazine, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Derek Bishton is a journalist, writer, publisher, photographer and internet pioneer. He trained as a journalist, worked on several regional newspapers in the 1970s, before leaving to form Sidelines, a community design and photography agency with Brian Homer and John Reardon in Birmingham. The group worked with many voluntary groups involved in housing, employment, social justice and immigration issues. They also founded Ten.8 photographic magazine in 1978, which Bishton continued to play a major role on until it closed in 1993. He helped found Handprint, a community publisher with his wife Merrise Crooks in 1983 and was Director of the Triangle Photography Gallery at Aston University from 1985-87. In 1993 he became part of the launch team of Britain’s first internet newspaper, electronic telegraph, which he edited from 1995 to 2004. He was Group Consultant Editor for Telegraph Media for several years and in 2010 won a UK Press Award for his work on the MPs’ expenses scandal. He has been working freelance since 2012 and is currently Digital Media Consultant at Autograph ABP.

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  • The entrance to Autograph ABP is on the side of the building

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.

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