Change the Conversation

Thurs 22 Aug 2019
2- 3:30pm

Free entry

An Arts Activism Project with All Change Arts and Autograph

About the EVENT

Join us for a celebration of creative work made by young women as part of All Change Arts B Creative Summer School - an arts activism project exploring and expressing the issues that matter to young women today.

This event will display photographic portraits, protest placards and a short film, created as part of the their 'profest' in conjunction with artist Elsa James. Afterwards, the artists will take their work to the Apple Store Covent Garden where the performances will continue at 5:30pm.

Delivered by artist and activist Elsa James the aim of this project is to "change the way young women are seen in the world, challenge stereotypes, and create their own empowering images".


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About the Project

Throughout this project at Autograph, a group of young women from Islington worked to make creative protest campaigns to raise awareness of the urgent social issues they face in their lives.  The participants created placards, collaging archive photographs together with their own personal photographs, text slogans and other graphics to make their message loud and clear. The work took inspiration from our exhibition Lola Flash: [sur]passing and Autograph's archive.

On the final day the group took their placards into the public on what the group coined as a 'ProFest' -  a mix of political protest, carnival and performance art. They started at Autograph's gallery surrounded by Lola Flash's artworks and then marched to Liverpool Street Station, chanting slogans, banging drums and sounding whistles along the way.

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During the ProFest, the group engaged with members of the public who became interested in their campaign, helping to raise awareness of the diverse human rights issues faced by young women and issuing 'A Call to Care' - about issues including LGBTQ representation, bodily autonomy, gender based violence and negative stereotypes of young people.

Accessibility at AUTOGRAPH

Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.

This event will be seated. Seating is not reserved in advance, if you would like to reserve seating to assist with hearing, visual or any other access needs, please contact us before your visit.

Carers receive a free ticket when they accompany the person they care for. Please contact us to book.

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Please note that photography and/or filming may take place at this event. Images from this event may be used by Autograph and external press for marketing and promotional use, including: printed and online publicity, social media, press releases, or other use.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Images, from top: 1-6) All Change Arts B Creative Summer School at Autograph, London. 7) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell