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Call for Photographs on the Theme 'Hackney is Home'

POSTED: 15 March 2021

Send us your photos and help celebrate Hackney’s communities 📸

#HackneyIsHome is a public art project created by young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Over the last six months, they have been taking photographs and making films inspired by the different stories and experiences of people who have come to Hackney and made it their home.

Now we want you to join the campaign and help us celebrate the many perspectives and experiences of home, identity and community life in our diverse borough.

Send us your photographs by 15 April 2021, and we'll select our favourites to feature on Autograph's website and social media as part of the #HackneyIsHome project. 


A young person wearing a patterned red, yellow and black top looks directly at the camera.
A young person wearing a black jumper looks directly at the camera.
A young person wearing a blue mask looks directly at the camera. He has a red and yellow patterned cloth draped over his shoulder.
A young person holding a white roller blade looks directly at the camera. There is a colourful patterned backdrop behind them.

We are inviting you to send us your images that respond to the theme 'Hackney is Home'. This could include your photographs, videos or even other art forms like drawings or paintings. It could be things you have already created, or your family snaps. 

We're particularly interested to see images that tell unheard or underrepresented stories about the people and places that make up Hackney. Maybe it’s about the significant people in your life or the community that you believe needs to be highlighted. It could respond to Hackney’s long history as a place that people from all over the world have made home, creating one of London’s most diverse boroughs. Maybe it’s about your idea of ‘home’ – a place you cherish, feel safe in and which represents who you are.

You definitely don’t need to own a fancy camera or be a professional photographer! We welcome submissions from anyone who has a story to tell about Hackney – no matter how big or small.


You can submit a maximum of 3 images or artworks. You can only submit work you've created, and you need to be over 18 years old.

A panel of Autograph staff, artists and partners will choose their favourite images, which will then be featured on Autograph's website and social media as part of the #HackneyIsHome project.

Copyright for any images you submit will remain with you, and we'll credit all images under the name you submit them with. We will contact you to let you know if your image has been selected.


Works will be selected by a panel including:

Bindi Vora is Curatorial Project Manager at Autograph and an artist, whose work you might have recently seen in the British Journal of Photography.

Aida Silvestri is an artist whose work was recently displayed as part of the African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other exhibition at FotoFest Biennial 2020. You can see more of her work on her website.

Denise Rose is the director of the youth media organisation Mouth That Roars. You can read an interview with Denise on our blog.

Young artists from the #HackneyIsHome project.

The #HackneyIsHome artists

About #HackneyIsHome

#HackneyIsHome is a new project exploring experiences of home and migration in Hackney. Autograph teamed up with youth media organisation Mouth That Roars to provide workshops, training and a creative media qualification for eight young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. They created a series of artworks that celebrate Hackney’s communities and capture their unique identities. These images are currently being displayed right in the heart of Shoreditch, on the Old Street Digital Canvas.



Can you spare a few moments? Autograph is carrying out a survey to better understand who our digital audiences are. The survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Anything you tell us will be kept confidential, is anonymous and will only be used for research purposes.

The information you provide will be held by Autograph and The Audience Agency, who are running the survey on our behalf. In compliance with GDPR, your data will be stored securely and will only be used for the purposes it was given.

You can take the survey here. Thank you!


#HackneyIsHome is supported by Hackney Council’s Shoreditch and Hoxton Arts Fund, created from a levy on developers to support arts and culture programmes that bring different communities together.

Also supported by Hackney
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England


Mouth That Roars Logo

Images: from the #HackneyIsHome project, 2020.