Learning

Archive learning lab
Black Victorian history for schools / FE / HE

Autumn 2016

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free workshops for all ages

Join Autograph ABP as we turn one of our exhibition spaces into a ‘learning lab’ for all ages to explore the stories of Black and Asian lives in Victorian and Edwardian Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s.

The learning lab will display the latest prints from Autographs pioneering ‘Missing Chapter’ research project, unearthing the complex and hidden histories of a black presence in Britain before 1948 and the Windrush generation. Through intimate photographic studio portraits, individuals with extraordinary stories, from performers to dignitaries to musicians, alongside unidentified sitters, collectively reveal the historic diversity of British society. We will also have a large scale projection of our new interactive Web App in the space, specially designed for school pupils (KS3, KS4, KS5), researchers, artists and curators, available for groups to explore the full archive.

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 KS2/3/4/5 across subjects including History, Art and Design and Citizenship.

Feedback from teachers about our workshops

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

The pupils were motivated and engaged, whilst introduced to experiences that challenged them and made them think differently

Definitely the highlight of the term

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

Engaged the students and made them think about what they were looking at critically.

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

Very good workshop which exceeded expectations

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

WORKSHOPS FOR PRIMARY (KS1, KS2)

In the workshop our experienced artist educator will lead pupils in a variety of hands on making, performing and discussion activities to explore:

  • The key exhibition themes of British identity and cultural diversity.
  • How to ‘interview’ photographs to learn historical facts and imagine the lives of important individuals.
  • The composition of photographic portraits and how they capture poses, expressions and emotions to tell stories.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Practice observing photographs and reflecting on the stories and meanings they hold.
  • Gain an understanding of important cross curricular concepts including diversity, migration and stereotypes.
  • Produce a playful and creative response to the photographs.

Workshops will last 1hr 30mins and take place in the gallery at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA. To book or for more information, contact ali@autograph-abp.co.uk or phone 020 7729 9200

WORKSHOPS FOR FE / HE / ADULT COMMUNITY

Our experienced artist educator will facilitate an active session for participants to gain a more in depth experience of the archive involving:Some time to explore the gallery and experience the latest photographs in the research project and the WebApp.

  • An introduction to Autograph ABP’s ‘Missing Chapter’ archive research project.
  • Visual analysis and discussion activities to critically unpack some of the key themes and contemporary legacies of the archive including issues of British cultural identity, Empire, post-colonial history and migration, documentary representation, and the role of archives in revealing hidden histories.

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

WORKSHOPS FOR SECONDARY (KS3, KS4, KS5)

In the workshop our experienced artist educator will lead pupils in a variety of hands on making, performing and discussion activities to explore:

  • The key themes of the archive material including British identity, social history and cultural difference.
  • How to ‘analyze’ and ‘interview’ images to learn historical facts, experience being a researcher and imagine the lived experiences of significant individuals.
  • The composition of photographic studio portraits which capture poses, expressions and emotions to tell important narratives.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Observe photographs and use visual analysis to reveal the narratives and meanings they hold.
  • Gain an understanding of important cross curricular concepts including identity, migration, persona, representation, stereotypes, gaze.
  • Produce a playful and creative response to the photographs.

Workshops will last 1hr 30mins and take place in the gallery at Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, EC2A 3BA. To book or for more information, contact ali@autograph-abp.co.uk 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.

Booking

Workshops are free, however booking is essential. For more information and to book, contact:

Ali Eisa
ali@autograph-abp.co.uk
020 7729 9200

Additional Info

Venue
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

Accessibility
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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  • Eleanor Xiniwe, The African Choir, 1891-93. London Stereoscopic Company. Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images