Thinking differently
Outreach workshops

A workshop delivered at your school/venue for students (ages 8 - 18) to explore themes of cultural identity and human rights through Autograph ABP’s diverse photographic archive.

Advance booking essential.


  • Choose from 3 specially designed Archive Learning workshops exploring a range of social issues including cultural identity, human rights, activism and citizenship through photography
  • A highly interactive experience for students to learn through games, discussion and hands-on making activities led by an experienced artist educator
  • Activities are developed in accordance with the National Curriculum
  • Suitable for formal education groups (KS2 – 5) as well as youth community groups including youth clubs, youth arts, National Citizen Service
  • Teachers and tutors will receive a free copy of the Autograph ABP Archive Learning Resource to help devise follow up activities.

More details

Our Thinking Differently outreach workshops are designed to inspire young people to think more deeply about the power of photography to address important social issues. The hands-on activities in each workshop have been devised to encourage students to analyse and discuss complex social issues including human rights, cultural experiences, personal identity, citizenship, activism, freedom and justice.

The workshops aim to enhance visual literacy skills and understanding about the impact of historical and contemporary visual culture through the images in Autograph ABP’s Archive. Activities have been specifically developed to make links across curriculum subject areas including but not limited to making links across subject areas including Art & Design, Photography, History, English, Geography, Sociology, Citizenship and Media Studies.

We aim for students to leave the workshops with the incentive to be active citizens and feel empowered to speak up about issues they believe in. Students will further gain an understanding of the complexities of British cultural history and discuss why equality and different viewpoints matter.

Teachers can choose one of three available workshops for their students:

  • Viewpoints: Campaigning and Different Perspectives
  • Neighbourhood: Belonging and Different Cultural Experience
  • Self: Fitting in and Being Seen Differently. 

Download the information pack below for full workshop descriptions.

Workshops will last 1hr 30mins and take place at your school/venue. All materials will be provided by the artist facilitator.


  • A minimum of 10 participants is required for a workshop
  • If your school/venue is outside of London we request you reimburse the artist educators travel costs

For booking and more information please contact: ali@autograph-abp.co.uk or phone 020 7749 1266

Feedback from teachers about our workshops

Definitely the highlight of the term

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

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

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

Details and booking

Workshops start October 2015 – Ongoing
90min workshops
KS3, KS4, KS5

Venue: Education Space, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA
Rivington Place is fully accessible, disabled parking bays available on request. 

To book a workshop for your class, contact lucy@autograph-abp.co.uk or phone 020 7729 9200

About 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

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.

Visiting information >

  • John Goto, Lover's Rock, Lewisham, London 1977
  • Derek Bishton, Brian Homer, John Reardon, Handsworth Self Portrait, 1979
  • Joy Gregory, Autoportrait, 1990
  • James Barnor, Drum Cover Girl Erlin Ibreck, London, 1966