Online Event

Collective and Interdependent Approaches to Art Making

Thu 12 Aug 2021 6:30 – 8pm (BST)


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This online event will have BSL interpretation by Rebekah Spencer and Omoyele Thomas



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How can collective approaches support the artistic practices of neurodiverse people? And how can supporting marginalised artists make a difference to individuals and communities?

Join us for an online conversation around collective ways of making art and building community. We'll discuss the targeted, personalised support that enables participation in the arts by neurodiverse artists, and ways of supporting people who can’t always advocate for themselves, whilst maintaining autonomy and individual expression.

Inspired by our current exhibition by Sharif Persaud - exploring identity through his experience of contemporary life and autism - the event will start with a look at the work done by Project Art Works, a collective of neurodiverse artists and activists recently nominated for the Turner Prize. Their programme centres both the production of artworks and improving outcomes in social care, advocating for a set of ‘collective rights’ for neurodiverse people and those that support them.

We’ll hear from Sonia Boué (multiform neurodivergent artist), Tim Corrigan (artist and director of Project Artworks), Anna Farley (autistic artist and founder of Autography at Photofusion) and Thompson Hall (resident artist at ActionSpace’s Cockpit Arts Studio). The event will have BSL interpretation by Rebekah Spencer and Omoyele Thomas.



Ali Eisa

is Autograph's Learning & Participation Manager. He is an artist and educator with passion for doing creative work with young people and getting their voices heard on the big social issues we face.



Sonia Boué

is a multiform neurodivergent artist. She is also a writer on autism and art, and a leading consultant for neurodiversity in the arts. She has a significant body of postmemory work and pioneers in neuro-inclusive practice-led research.


Tim Corrigan

is an artist filmmaker and Creative Director at Project Art Works.

He has extensive experience of working with adults and children who have complex support needs through a wide range of creative projects.

He specialises in collaborating with individuals who present behaviour described as challenging and those at most risk of isolation and exclusion.


Anna Farley

is an autistic artist who makes work exploring her autism, UK disability culture and inclusion. Balancing concept and craft, Anna makes process-based art using methods of sculpture, photography, sound, drawing, text, and participation.

She founded, project manages and facilitates Autography at Photofusion, a photography programme for adults on the autistic spectrum.  She works as a consultant and facilitating artist across the Project Art Works creative programme as part of the collective and is an advisor to the board. In pursuit of making an invisible disability, visible, Anna consults, creates and delivers bespoke Autism awareness and inclusion training nationally and internationally.


Thompson Hall

is a London based artist. Primarily working with acrylic paint and pastel drawings, Hall’s often colourful palette takes inspiration from artists including Chris Ofili and Frank Auerbach.


Hall was awarded an Emerging Artist commission and a Micro Grant from Unlimited in 2017 and 2020 respectively and he has exhibited in solo and group shows across the UK. Through abstracted symbols and text, Hall’s work explores the inequalities of society and the world around him, in regards to politics, social change, marginalisation and, most recently, the impact that Covid-19 is having on our society.


This event is free and will take place online only. Here’s how to join us:

1) Book a ticket on Eventbrite. If you would like to make a donation to support Autograph’s arts and learning programmes, you can do this when you purchase your ticket. If you have any accessibility needs you would like us to be aware of, you can tell us on the booking form.

2) We'll send you an email confirmation of your booking.

3) This online event will be hosted on Zoom. For the best experience, we recommend using the Zoom app on your computer. You can download the free software here. Or, you can access the event through your web browser without a download.

4) On the day of the event, we’ll send you a welcome email with a link to the event. You will be able to join for the start of the event at 6:30pm (BST).

If you have any questions, we’re here to help! Please get in touch.


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Banner image: Film still of Sharif Persaud creating Holby City, courtesy Project Artworks

Page images from top, left to right: 1) Sharif Persaud: Have You Ever Had exhibition at Autograph, London. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell. 2) Tim Corrigan 3) Sonia Boué 4) Anna Farley 5) Thompson Hall 6) Sharif Persaud, Egypt, 2016. Courtesy of Project Art Works © Sharif Persaud 7) Black Lives Matter Protest, Parliament Square, Saturday 6th June 2020. Photograph by Ali Eisa. 8) Film still from Out and About on Lockdown, courtesy Project Art Works 8) Sam Jevon, In Charge [detail], 2020. Courtesy Submit to Love Studios / Headway East London