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Thursday, 14th June 2018

Autograph is a leading visual arts organisation funded by Arts Council England and based in an award winning building designed by Sir David Adjaye in Shoreditch.

We specialize in showing photography and film made by contemporary artists concerned with issues of social justice, human rights, identity and representation as well as maintaining a unique photographic archive.

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Reflections from the Canvas(s) Project

Tuesday, 10th October 2017

Canvas(s) ran from May 2016 to July 2017, exploring access to cultural spaces with young people from refugee backgrounds.

Funded by a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Explore and Test grant and managed by Autograph ABP, the project was formed around a diverse consortium of arts and migrants’ rights organisations: Autograph ABP, Migrants’ Rights Network, Asylum Aid, the British Red Cross, Counterpoints Arts and the National Gallery. Our public programme team, Lucy Keany and Ali Eisa, have created a document to share some of the learning, key approaches and findings.

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The Missing Chapter


Friday, 1st September 2017

Autograph ABP’s Exhibition in a Box is on display in Lewisham, giving local residents the chance to see rare photographic portraits of African, Caribbean and South Asian lives in Victorian Britain.

In partnership with Lewisham Library and Information Service, we are bringing these portraits, previously unseen for over 125 years, out of the archive for the community to explore.

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The Explorers Project

Wednesday, 9th August 2017

The Explorers project is a three year programme of awareness raising and encounter workshops, happenings, productions, commissions, exhibitions and seminars in collaboration with people who have complex needs and those who support them.

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Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Canvas(s) is a year long project exploring access to cultural spaces with young people from refugee backgrounds.

The project is formed around a diverse group of arts and migrants rights organisations: Autograph ABP, Counterpoints Arts, Migrants Rights Network, Asylum Aid, British Red Cross and the National Gallery.

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New learning and participation space

Friday, 2nd December 2016

Thanks to a generous Small Scale Capital Lottery Programme grant from Arts Council England, Autograph ABP will open a brand new learning and participation space in late spring 2017.

Work began in early November on demolishing the old café space on the ground  floor at Rivington Space and the new space will look and feel much more accessible than the previous facilities which were located on the first floor.

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Aida Silvestri Residency at Light Work

Wednesday, 9th November 2016

We are pleased to announce Aida Silvestri as the 2017 Autograph ABP artist-in-residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY

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British Council

Transatlantic Residency Programme

Thursday, 10th November 2016

Application deadline 2 December 2016.

The British Council and its partners are pleased to announce a new UK / Caribbean artist residency programme focusing on transatlantic exchanges between the UK, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Autograph ABP is proud to be a partner on this programme, and our Director Mark Sealy will be part of the international jury to select the artist in residence. 

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Exhibition in a Box

On display at Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Sunday, 30th October 2016

Until 30 November, see our new exhibition on display at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham. The Exhibition In A Box comprises thirty remarkable A3 image panels produced from rare 19th century photographs portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain.

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June 2016 launch

Black Atlantic Cinema Club

Thursday, 9th June 2016

June 2016 launch at Autograph ABP, London
Touring to Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham.

Autograph ABP proudly launches the Black Atlantic Cinema Club (BACC), a summer programme of one-off film screenings which shares rarely seen contemporary films and archive classics. This season of works invite audiences to explore rich and different possibilities through which to view the African Diaspora experience of transatlantic culture.

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Call for Memories of Rock Against Racism

Wednesday, 1st June 2016

Do you remember Rock Against Racism (1976 to 1981), the groundbreaking movement formed by musicians and political activists to fight racism through music?

Our Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism exhibition is touring to Impressions Gallery, who calling out for contributions to FLASHBACK, a collection of people’s stories, memories, photographs and memorabilia of the Rock Against Racism movement.

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New book

Suturing the City: Living Together in Congo’s Urban Worlds

Monday, 9th May 2016

Announcing a new book from Autograph ABP. Focusing upon the 'urban now', a moment suspended between lingering precolonial references, the broken dreams of a colonial past, and the not yet realised promises of neoliberal futures, this book provides an ethnographic and photographic investigation of the complex meanings of living - and living together - in Congo's urban worlds today. 

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Help us identify the participants in Raphael Albert’s beauty pageant photos

Tuesday, 8th March 2016

Raphael Albert documented hundreds of popular beauty pageants and other events in west London’s black community from the 1960s - 80s. Very little information about the people featured in his photographs has survived, can you help us find them?

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Join the Art Activism Network!

Friday, 4th March 2016

We are a group of people who come together regularly to build skills and knowledge in art and activism. Our group aims to be open and diverse, and we seek to engage with and respond to social issues through art. 

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Black People’s Day of Action

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016

This week marks the 35th anniversary of the first Black People’s Day of Action on March 2, 1981 when an estimated 15,000 people marched from New Cross to central London to draw attention to the perceived failure of the police to investigate fully the circumstances surrounding the New Cross house fire in which 13 young people had died a few weeks earlier on January 18. Vron Ware recalls a day of righteous anger and sorrow.

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In a Different Light

Tuesday, 19th January 2016

Autograph ABP are delighted to announce a new acquisition project generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of HLF’s ‘Collecting Cultures’ initiative.

The project 'In A Different Light' (2016 - 17) will develop Autograph ABP's collection of photographs through strategic acquisition and engaged curation. A selection of newly researched photographic works and film footage will be acquired for the archive to enhance the scope of our collection, and to address critical gaps in our current archive holdings, including early photographs from the 19th century. New acquisitions will render our collection more comprehensive as a primary research and learning resource for the visual representation of Britain's diverse cultural history through photographic portraiture, and provide us with the opportunity 'to see ourselves in a different light'.

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