Common Threads

26 MAR 2020
6 - 9PM



The artists at Submit to Love Studios make their mark on our #ThursdayLate gallery opening. Their pop-up exhibition Common Threads features work by 23 artists from the Studio collective - all of whom have survived brain injury. 

We'll kick off the evening in Gallery 1 with a two short talks, responding to Sharif Persaud's exhibition exploring identity through his experience of autism and contemporary life.  

In Gallery 2, singers and musicians from Headway East London will then perform an accompaniment to Common Threads, celebrating the Studio and the images in Autograph's archive that inspired the show. 

event postponed

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Common Threads

Submit To Love Studios pop-up at Autograph

25 - 28 March 2020

part of

Ways of Being

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

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.


6pm Galleries open

7pm Artist talks in Gallery 1

7:30pm Musical performance in Gallery 2

Galleries open until 9pm

ABOUT OUR Thursday Lates

Everyone is welcome to our Thursday Lates. This is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time.

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 though.

Several of the artists in Common Threads will be at the event. 


Sharif Persaud: Have You Ever Had

Gallery 1


Submit to Love Studios at Headway East London


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 some seating in the galleries for the artist talks and choir performance. 

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.

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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
Project Art Works
Explorers Project
Also supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Also supported by Esmee Fairbairn

Headway East London
Project Art Works

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

Page images, from top left: 1 - 2) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019. 3) Sharif Persaud, Egypt, 2016. Courtesy of Project Art Works Entrance to Rivington Place, home of Autograph. 5) Entrance to Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.