Raphael Albert: Miss Black and Beautiful

Fri 8 July - Fri 22 July 2016

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free learning workshops

Book your class or group for a fun, hands-on workshop exploring the unique work of the late Raphael Albert, photographer and cultural promoter of beauty pageants and other cultural events in west London’s black community.

For more than two decades, from the 1960s to the early 80s, Raphael Albert documented hundreds of popular dance, music and community events in west London’s black community. His images present us with important ‘missing histories’ of how beauty, the black body and self-identity were affirmed, challenging dominant stereotypes of how such communities were often represented. Yet Albert’s images, at times melancholic, also ask us to reflect on how young women were portrayed, and where the boundaries between empowerment and exploitation lie, in presenting their bodies to the camera.

Workshops will last 1hr 30mins and take place in the gallery at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA.

We can also offer:

- A free artist-led workshop delivered at your school!
- A free Archive Learning Resource! (with unique photographic material and teaching activities for KS2 - 5 across subjects including History, Art and Design and Citizenship)

For booking and more information please contact: ali@autograph-abp.co.uk | 020 7729 9200

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Part of the exhibition

Feedback from teachers about our workshops

Really enjoyed the exhibition and workshop. I hope it helped to broaden the students minds on how history was documented and how powerful the images can be in linking the past to the present.

Thanks so much…The children really thought deeply about the trip - good discussions about travel, black and white photography, confidence, identity, legacy, justice etc. when we got back.

Ali is a superb facilitator, very gentle and approachable, well organised and professional and and ever so patient with students

Definitely the highlight of the term

Excellent workshop well planned and executed. Lots of things to think about.

The interactive elements were fantastic and of course, the exhibit was amazing!

provocative and took some time to take in – the pacing of the workshop was just right for this to happen


Our experienced artist educator will lead pupils in a variety of age appropriate making, performing and discussion activities to explore:

  • The key exhibition themes of beauty, identity and cultural difference
  • The designs, textures and traditions of the costumes, fashion styles and studio sets
  • The people, poses and atmospheres of the dances and pageant contestants

Learning Outcomes:

  • Observe and critically analyse photographic images to explore how narrative and meaning are constructed.
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of important concepts including stereotypes, persona, gaze, representation.
  • Play and experiment with tactile materials and photographic techniques such as image composition, framing and perspective.

Workshops will last 1hr 30mins and take place in the gallery space at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA.

To book a workshop, contact ali@autograph-abp or phone 020 7729 9200


Our experienced artist educator will facilitate an active session for participants to gain a more in depth experience of the exhibition involving:

  • Some time to explore the gallery and immerse in Raphael Albert’s photographs.
  • An introduction to the political, historical, social and cultural context surrounding the beauty pageants and other community events Albert’s unique archive addresses.
  • Visual analysis and discussion activities to critically unpack some of the exhibitions key themes including notions of beauty, identity and cultural difference; the male gaze and popular, gendered, racialized representations of the black (female) body; the role of archives in making hidden histories visible.

Workshops will last 1hr 30mins and take place in the gallery space at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA.

To book a workshop, contact ali@autograph-abp or phone 020 7729 9200

About artist educator Ali Eisa

Workshops will be led by artist educator Ali Eisa.

Ali started out running circus skills workshops for young people with the youth arts group Albert & Friends Instant Circus in London 10 years ago. He has experience of teaching everything from juggling to stilt-walking to performance making, and has travelled in the UK and internationally to perform and lead workshops.

He started working for Autograph ABP in 2015 and has focused his many skills and enthusiasms to lead fun, creative and interactive workshops involving discussions, activities, games and exercises alongside tours and seminars exploring the historical and political backgrounds of various artists and their work. He studied Fine Art and has an MA in Visual Sociology.

He is a passionate advocate of creative and visual ways of learning and the need to engage audiences with diverse material.

Additional Info

Exhibition workshops will take place at
Autograph ABP
Rivington Place
London, EC2A 3BA

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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