Common Threads Pop-Up

24 MAR 2020
6 - 8:30PM


About the Event

Celebrate the launch of our pop-up exhibition Common Threads as Submit to Love Studios takes over the gallery for the evening. Based in Hackney, the Studio is a collective of self-taught artists - all of whom have survived brain injuries.

Enjoy complimentary food from the Headway Kitchen team, and artists from the Studio will give a talk about their practice and the creation of the exhibition. You can also see Sharif Persaud's new exhibition Have You Ever Had in Gallery 1.

The work in Common Threads uses Autograph's unique photography archive as inspiration for collaborative textile works. Our photographs charting the contribution of diverse cultures to Britain over two centuries have been reimagined by the Studio as elaborate embroideries, appliqué and fabric prints.

Through the resulting portraits, Common Threads celebrates ideas of shared identities, community and the power of visibility.

event postponed

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Autograph is temporarily closing until further notice.

Our exhibitions and events are postponed, but we look forward to welcoming you back later in the year.

If you have booked a free ticket to this event, your ticket will still be accepted when we reopen and the event is rescheduled.

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Common Threads

Submit To Love Studios pop-up at Autograph

part of

Ways of Being

A month of exhibitions and events focused on issues of visibility and disability.

At the event

Second floor
Common Threads opening
Artist Talks
Food and bar
Ground floor
Sharif Persaud: Have You Ever Had exhibition
Information Desk


Everyone is welcome to our exhibition openings. These events are popular, and we ask visitors to book a free ticket in advance to help manage numbers. You do not have to book a ticket to attend this event, however during busy times we may prioritise entry for ticket holders.

Both galleries will be open, plus food and a bar. This is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time.

After the launch event, Common Threads will be open from 25 - 28 March.

About Submit To Love Studios

Based in Hackney, Submit to Love Studios is home to a collective of self-taught artists. These artists have developed a set of unique practices and interests, refined over more than a decade.

All of the artists have survived brain injuries - some use this to inform their work, whilst others take inspiration from the world around them.

The studio is based at Headway East London, a charity supporting survivors of brain injury.


Our building is accessible, with step-free access to all spaces. Accessible, unisex toilets are on all floors. When you book a ticket, you can let us know of any access needs you may have for this event. 

This event will be standing, with seating in the gallery and for the artist talk.

Click here to download Autograph's detailed Access Guide, with photographs of the building

If you would like a social narrative or sensory map for this event, we are happy to create one for you.

Have any questions? We would love to hear from you, contact us at 020 7729 9200 or email us at

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Please note that photography and/or filming will 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.


Part of the EXPLORERS project, delivered by Project Art Works, a three-year programme of art and conversation working with 12 national art organisations. The EXPLORERS programme is informed and led by neurodiverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity. Based in Hastings, Project Art Works is the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with children, young people and adults who have complex support needs.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council Englane
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Project Art Works
Explorers Project
Also supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Also supported by Esmee Fairbairn

Headway East London
Project Art Works

Banner Image: 1) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019. 

2-3) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019 4)Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell.