Exhibitions on now

Syd Shelton
Rock Against Racism


Yhteisötalo Messi / Kotka / Finland

Rock Against Racism, a major exhibition of photographs by Syd Shelton, is touring to Messi in Kotka, Finland.

Syd Shelton’s photographs capture one of the most intriguing and contradictory political periods in British post war period: The Rock Against Racism (RAR) movement. Between 1976 and 1981, RAR confronted racist ideology in the streets, parks and town halls of Britain and was formed by a collective of musicians and political activists to fight fascism and racism through music.

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Gordon Parks
A Choice of Weapons

21 October - 17 December 2017

Side Gallery / Newcastle upon Tyne / UK

As its contribution to Tyneside's Freedom City 2017 Side Gallery presents a focused exploration of key works by the great African American photographer Gordon Parks. The works selected for this exhibition highlight the struggle African Americans endured whilst fighting for equality in America, a struggle that concerned Parks throughout his long and astonishing photographic career. 

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Syd Shelton
Rock Against Racism



Side Gallery in partnership with Autograph ABP and in conjunction with Freedom City Festival is bringing an exhibition of Syd Shelton’s photographs capturing one of the most intriguing and contradictory political periods in British post-war history to the North East.

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Gideon Mendel
Drowning World

1 November - 7 December

J1 / Marseille / France

Drowning World, an exhibition of photographs by Gideon Mendel exploring the human dimension of climate change by focusing on floods across geographical and cultural boundaries, is touring to J1 in Marseille.

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Zanele Muholi
Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness

11 November – 17 December 2017

Reid Gallery, The Glasgow School of Art / Glasgow / UK

The Glasgow School of Art’s Reid Gallery stages the Scottish premiere of an exhibition of work by acclaimed South African visual activist, Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness which was shown at Autograph ABP earlier this year.

Curated by Renée Mussai and presented by Autograph ABP, the body of work on show sees Zanele Muholi (b. 1972) confront the politics of race and representation in the visual archive in her ongoing self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama.

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Where We Belong

15 November - 2 December

Autograph ABP / London / UK

Join us for this year’s Album student showcase featuring new work by 16 to 18 year-old London-based photographers that explores notions of family, home, belonging, community, memory, and social and cultural identity.

Exhibition opening on Tuesday 14 November, 6:00 - 8:00pm

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In a Different Light


Autograph ABP / London / UK

In A Different Light showcases recent acquisitions to develop Autograph ABP's Archive and its permanent collection of photography, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures programme.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Shahidul Alam

1 December 2017 - 11 January 2018

Bamburgh House / Newcastle upon Tyne / UK

NEPN and Breeze Creatives present Kalpana’s Warriors, an exhibition by the acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer, artist and activist Shahidul Alam, during this Autumn’s Freedom City 2017 celebration.

Kalpana Chakma was a vocal and charismatic leader who campaigned for the rights of indigenous people in the Chittagong Hill Tracts area of Bangladesh.

She was abducted from her home at gunpoint 20 years ago by a military officer and two members of the Village Defence Party and has never been seen again.Through this powerful installation, using photographs printed on large straw mats each one illuminated by a candle, Alam attempts to break the silence surrounding her disappearance.

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