Newly commissioned portrait
Baroness Doreen Lawrence

27 April - 7 July 2018


London, UK

Free display

Frankyln Rodgers’ portrait of Baroness Doreen Lawrence can now be seen in our current exhibition Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta.

This is the first work in a major new commission by Autograph, commemorating women from diverse cultural backgrounds whose lives are devoted to seeking political and social justice.

The Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon was awarded the OBE for services to community relations in 2013, and since then she has been made a life peer in the House of Lords. For the past twenty-five years, she has won praise for her tireless dedication to community, antiracism and other socio-political causes close to her heart. Her spirit, resilience and demand for a better way have genuinely changed an institution at the core of British life.

Baroness Lawrence is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a teenager murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993. Devastated by grief but determined to create hope, Doreen and Stephen’s father, Neville Lawrence, founded the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in 1998, with the aim of promoting a positive community legacy in their son’s name. Doreen and Neville Lawrence wanted to ensure that future generations of young people would enjoy the opportunities that were denied to Stephen by his senseless murder. The trust has had a significant impact on criminal justice and social policy, as well as influencing the lives of the young people it has worked with.

In 1999, after years of campaigning by Baroness Lawrence and her family, a wide-ranging judicial inquiry was established to investigate the circumstances of Stephen’s death. It established that the Metropolitan Police was institutionally racist and that this was the main reason for their failure to solve Stephen’s case.

Her ongoing efforts led to an investigation into claims of police corruption, and Baroness Lawrence has continued to campaign for justice for her son and other victims of racist crime in Britain. Baroness Lawrence is a patron of Stop Hate UK, a hate crime charity. She is the Chancellor of De Montfort University.

About Franklyn Rodgers

Since the mid 1990s, Franklyn Rodgers has established himself as an artist best known for his unique and distinctive photographic portraits - often working with large format and on traditional film.

Rodgers has exhibited internationally, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2011); Southbank Centre in London (2011); National Portrait Gallery in London (2008); Royal Academy in London (2006); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and during Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. His work is held in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Autograph.

His first monograph The Philosophy of Strangers was published in October 2007 by Autograph.

Directions and opening hours

The portrait can be seen in our exhibition Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta.

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place

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The main 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

Exhibition opening times
Tues, Wed, Fri 11am – 6pm
Thurs 11am – 9pm,
Sat 12 – 6pm
The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays

Visiting information

We look forward to welcoming you to Autograph ABP. Admission to the exhibition is free and unticketed.

Visiting Autograph ABP
We are fully accessible with step free access to all areas of the building. A lift is available to all floors.

Ground Floor
Gallery 1, Franklyn Rodgers: Devotion - A Portrait of Loretta and portrait of Baroness Doreen Lawrence

Free lockers, ask at information desk for key
Accessible toilets
Baby change facilities
Information desk
Education Studio
Book and print sales

First Floor
Accessible toilets

Second Floor
Gallery 2, Marcia Michael: I Am Now You - Mother

Stuart Hall Library (Iniva). Hours >
Accessible toilets

Accessible Parking
If you would like to book an accessible parking bay or discuss your access needs, please contact us at 0207 7491240 or info@rivingtonplace.org before your visit.

Children and group visits
We are pram friendly, and welcome children to the gallery when accompanied by an adult.
Self-directed groups are welcome to the gallery. If you would like to book a workshop for your school or group, contact ali@autograph-abp.co.uk

More about visiting
You are welcome to take photographs for personal use or social media, tag us @autographabp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We do not allow photographs to be taken in the galleries with large SLR cameras.

If you would like to take photographs for commercial or press use, please contact leyla@autograph-abp.co.uk before your visit.

To protect the artworks, please do not bring food or drink into the galleries.

We welcome guide dogs , however cannot allow other dogs into the building.