Who we are

About Autograph ABP

Established in 1988 with the mission of advocating the inclusion of historically marginalised photographic practices, Autograph ABP is a charity that works internationally in photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.

Autograph ABP is based in London where it runs a photography gallery and a programme of talks and educational activities. It also works internationally promoting exhibitions, events and publications.

From a small office in the Bon Marché Building in Brixton, Autograph launched an ambitious programme that included a series of commissions, publishing projects and partnerships with institutions, both nationally and internationally. 

In 2007 Autograph applied for charitable status and in the same year moved to a new, purpose-built gallery and offices at Rivington Place in Shoreditch. It continues to produce a programme of exhibitions and events, supports the production of new work through commissions, publications and residencies. It regularly collaborates with artists, scholars and institutions with the aim of engaging audiences around the world concerned with photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.

In addition, Autograph established in 2008 an Archive & Research Centre to address the lack of visual representation of Britain’s diverse communities in cultural history. 

Autograph encourages cross-curricular teaching and visual literacy through our accessible Learning Resources, and regular programmes for students of all ages. It continues to preserve the legacy of artists’ work through a range of publications and limited edition prints for sale.


About Rivington Place

Rivington Place is the home of Autograph ABP. The building opened in October 2007, the UK’s first permanent public space dedicated to diversity in the visual arts and the first new public gallery to be built in London since the Hayward Gallery 40 years previously.

This RIBA award-winning building was designed by David Adjaye and is influenced by African and contemporary art as well as the history of the local area. It comprises one large gallery on the ground floor, two smaller spaces upstairs, the Stuart Hall Library, meeting rooms available to hire, and a café, and provides a space for viewing, learning about and researching photography and film.


Patrons

Rt Hon David Lammy MP
David was born in Tottenham and has served as MP for the constituency since 2000. He studied law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Law School, was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994, and became the first black Briton to study a Masters in Law at the Harvard Law School, graduating in 1997. David served nine years as a Minister in the last Labour government and was made a Privy Councillor in 2008. He is also the author of Out of the Ashes: Britain after the riots (Guardian Books, 2011). @DavidLammy

Professor Catherine Hall
Catherine is a British feminist historian. Since 2009 she has been Professor of Modern British Social and Cultural History at University College London. She was Principal Investigator of the ESRC-funded project Legacies of British Slave Ownership (2004-12), and now of the new ESRC/AHRC funded project The Structure and Significance of British-Caribbean Slave-Ownership, 1763-1833 (2013-16). She is the author of several books including Civilising Subjects (University of Chicago Press, 2002) and Macaulay and Son: Architects of Imperial Britain (Yale University Press, 2012).

Lola Young Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE
Baroness Young is an artist, author, cultural critic, public speaker and broadcaster. She started her career in theatre and television, later moving on to become professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University.

She was head of culture at the Greater London Authority from 2001 to 2004 and was created a life peer on June 22, 2004, taking the title Baroness Young of Hornsey. She currently advises arts and cultural agencies on policy, diversity, leadership and strategic planning. She is an independent crossbench peer and takes an active interest in ethical issues in international trade, particularly the garment industry and has been involved in campaigns combating modern forms of enslavement.
@lolahornsey

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
‘Skip’ Gates is an American historian, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. He currently serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Gates has authored or co-authored 20 books and created 14 documentary films. He is probably best-known recently for his popular genealogy series Finding Your Roots. He is the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees and in 1981 was one of the first recipients of a MacArthur fellowship.
@HenryLouisGates


Autograph ABP Team

Dr Mark Sealy MBE, Director
Mark was appointed Director of Autograph ABP in 1991. He was awarded the Hood Medal for services to photography in 2007 by the Royal Photographic Society, and in January 2013 he was awarded an MBE for services to photography. He is currently a PhD candidate at Durham University, where his research focuses on photography and cultural violence. He has curated several major exhibitions, and his publications include Different (Phaidon 2001) with Professor Stuart Hall.

Holly Tebbutt, Deputy Director
Holly joined Autograph in 2013. She has 25 years of experience working with visual arts organisations as former Head of Visual Arts for Arts Council England, as a programme leader in higher education, a research consultant and in senior executive roles. Alongside her role at Autograph, she is a Trustee of London Print Studio which provides specialist facilities for fine artists.

Renée Mussai, Senior Curator and Head of Archive & Research
Over the past 10 years Renée has overseen the establishment of the new Archive and Research Centre at Rivington Place, and organised numerous exhibitions in Europe, Africa and the US. She lectures internationally on photography and cultural politics, and has been a regular guest curator and non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University since 2009. She is presently a PhD candidate in Art History at University College London.

John Bracken, Head of Finance

Karin Bareman, Curatorial Project Manager
Alongside her work at Autograph, Karin also writes about photography. From 2010 to 2015 she worked as assistant curator at Foam, the photography museum in Amsterdam, where she co-produced many exhibitions. In 2015 Karin received the Milton Rogovin Research Fellowship from the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona for her forthcoming research into the photographic representation of Appalachia.

Lois Olmstead, Marketing and Audience Development Manager
Specialising in marketing and audience development, Lois has worked within the cultural sector in a variety of roles over the past ten years. She is also an Arts Marketing Association Ambassador for the Museums, Gallery and Heritage sector.

Lucy Keany, Public Programme Manager (Projects and Events)
Lucy has worked in a variety of creative programming roles for visual arts organisations in both Scotland and London. She was the events curator at Edinburgh Art Festival and then went onto work for the Glasgow-based photography gallery Street Level Photoworks.  She was the programme manager at at Scotland’s only Chinese Arts and Cultural Centre. At Autograph Lucy now programmes events and creative activities for a wide range of audiences. 

Ali Eisa, Public Programme Manager (Education)
Ali is an artist and educator, who has been working for Autograph ABP since 2015. He coordinates the education programme, producing interactive workshops and events for diverse audience to engage with Autograph’s exhibitions and photographic archive. Ali is a visual artist who exhibits nationally and internationally, and has a background in social circus, youth arts and youth work. He studied at Goldsmiths, University of London and graduated with BA Fine Art (2010) and MA Visual Sociology (2014).

Adrian Eaves, General Manager
Adrian took up the role as General Manager of Sense of Place Ltd. in 2016. This subsidiary company of Autograph ABP looks after the Rivington Place building and all the tenants in its offices that are located above the gallery spaces. Previously, he was a Director of two Inner London charities and has a solid formal education with 2 MBAs in Educational Leadership and Business. However, Adrian has a background in Fine Arts and he continues to paint today.

Leyla Reynolds, Marketing and Press Assistant

Cherelle Sappleton, Administrator
Cherelle is a visual artist who works part-time in the Autograph office. She started out in performance-based practice but now works with photographic media using images of herself and the female body as a starting point to explore issues relating to agency and the female gaze. 


Trustees

Roger Malbert
Roger Malbert is Head of Hayward Touring at the Southbank Centre, London. He has organised and co-curated many exhibitions and written catalogue essays on artists including Matta, Richard Wentworth and Tacita Dean. He is the author of ‘Drawing People: The Human Figure in Contemporary Art’, published by Thames & Hudson, 2015

Guy Nicholson
Councillor Guy Nicholson has recently served as a London Regional Council Member for Arts Council England and for the Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Group. He is Cabinet Member for regeneration whichincludes responsibility for culture in LB Hackney. He has extensive professional experience in theatre design and production management delivering drama, opera, ballet and musical productions in the UK and internationally and currently serves as a Board Member for the Barbican Centre.

Professor Carol Tulloch
Carol Tulloch is a writer and curator with a specialism in dress and black identities. She trained as a fashion and textiles designer and teaches at Chelsea College of Art & Design.  She is both a member of the Transnational Art, Identity and  Nation Research Centre (TrAIN) and the TrAIN/V&A Fellow in the Research Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Co-Curator of the influential ‘Black British Style’ exhibition at the V&A (2004)widely, she has  featured on television and radio in programmes and published widely most recently ‘ Birth of Cool:Style Narratives of the African Disaspora’ published by Bloomsbury, 2016.

Anne Williams
Anne Williams is the Creative Director for PhotoLab at London College of Communication. Winner of the Royal Photographic Society Education Award 2012, Anne was Course Leader of MA Photography from 1997-2014 and Programme Director for Photography from 2003-2016.  She has been instrumental in developing a tradition of conceptually strong practice at London College of Communication that fares well in both the gallery and commercial sectors, and her students and graduates have won many awards. Anne studied photography at Trent Polytechnic in the 1970s, and has been engaged as a consultant in various capacities relating to contemporary and fine art photography, arts funding bodies and photography education.

Gary Younge
Gary Younge is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. He is Editor at Large, a feature writer and columnist for The Guardian newspaper and writes a monthly column for The Nation, "Beneath the Radar"and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He has written four books, ‘The Speech, The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream’, ‘Who Are We?, And Should it Matter in the 21st century’, ‘Stranger in a Strange Land, Travels in the Disunited  States’ and ‘No Place Like Home, A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South’. Gary has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the tea party to hip hop culture.

Claire Antrobus
An independent arts management consultant, Claire was a 2009/10 NESTA Innovation Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. Claire has a PhD on public patronage and British sculpture since 1945 and formerly worked as a curator, before becoming Head of Visual Arts for Arts Council London and later Head of Arts for British Council France. 

Eric Collins
Eric is a Canadian citizen and known as an energetic and results-oriented Executive in the mobile industry. He is a prolific leader taking initiatives to define strategy (product, distribution, revenue and services), drive revenue and audience growth on a consistent basis; heading up multi-function teams; managing board relations; solving problems, improving processes, and applying sound business judgment in both resource-rich and resource-constrained environments.

John Ellis
John trained with accountancy firm, Tansley Witt (now part of Deloitte), leaving them in 1977 to work with a number of theatres, community and activist organisations. Over the following decade he managed a touring theatre company and produced work for both theatre and television audiences.  When Rock against Racism organised national tours and festivals he looked after the finances and was a key member of the management group. From 1988 he was a partner in an accountancy practice after which he set up his own firm in 1990. This specialised in working with not-for-profit organisations, particularly those in the arts and advice sectors. Since retiring in 2013 he has been appointed Treasurer of the human rights organisation, Palestine Solidarity Campaign and he continues to be Treasurer of an international sports body.

John Dyer 
Chief executive of Credibility, a national business and people development consultancy, John’s work focuses on diversity and leading edge business skills training. He consults and teaches in both the private and public sectors, including contracts in the arts, entertainment and education sectors. He was voted ‘man of merit’ by the Executive & Professionals Network in 2004. 

Rupert Grey
A consultant in the Dispute Resolution Group of Swan Turton Solicitors, Rupert specialises in libel and copyright cases in the field of media law.  He has wide experience of pre-publication advice to the national and provincial press, as well as dealing with claims. His clients include educational and other national institutions, as well as well-known private individuals.  He advises photographers and syndication agencies on all aspects of copyright law, and regularly lectures and gives seminars in the UK and overseas on aspects of media law.

Ron Henocq
Graduated from Slade School of Art, Ron is the practising artist founder of the Bermondsey Artists’ Group. He founded Café Gallery in 1984 and is now the director of CGP London, managing two important contemporary art spaces in Southwark Park which he led through major capital projects in 2000 and 2010. 

Dr Mark Sealy
Mark Sealy has a special interest in photography and its relationship to social change, cultural politics and human rights. He has been director of Autograph since 1991.

Mitra Tabrizian
Born in Tehran, Iran, Mitra lives and works in London as a photographer and filmmaker. She has published and exhibited widely in major international museums and galleries, including a solo show at Tate Britain in 2008.  Her most recent book, Beyond the Limits, is a critique of corporate culture, while her most recent film, The Predator, offers a re-reading of Islam and suicide.  Her work is represented in major public collections. 

Iqbal Wahhab OBE 
Born in Bangladesh and a graduate of the London School of Economics, Iqbal has worked as a journalist, has set up his own PR firm, and in 2001 launched the multi-award winning Cinnamon Club. In 2005 he opened Roast, a restaurant and bar in Borough Market. In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by the University of East London. He works closely with The Prince’s Trust and is Chair of the government’s Ethnic Minority Advisory Group.


Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Black Friar, 1989
Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Umbrella, 1987