Good Stories Take Time:

13 April 2021 6:45 - 8pm (GMT+1)


About the Event

Join us for this event in which Anu Henriques from Skin Deep will be in conversation with Freedom & Balance’s André Anderson. Sharing their experiences as storytellers and facilitators, they will be discussing how we create non-reactive spaces that exist in parallel to the mainstream, where we can centre joy and abundance for our communities, especially in difficult times.

Come share space with other creatives, ask questions, gather tools and ideas, and slow down with us – because what is sowed takes time to yield. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.


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Key questions

• How can we value the non-linear and unconventional routes that feed into our stories?

• What legacy will our stories have? How can we archive in a way that keeps our stories active and alive?

• How has this past year affected collaborative and community storytelling: what’s changed, what’s stayed the same, and what is the role of the creative community in this time?


André Anderson is the Headmaster of Freedom & Balance: the art college for the artist in everyone. Freedom & Balance helps communities create new knowledge about themselves and their world through art and storytelling.

André mainly focuses on democratising creative thinking in order to fully realise its potential in society, building educational frameworks that help exercise the creativity, leadership and self-awareness in those who would never call themselves artists, but innately are. One of his recent examples, ‘Authors of the Estate’ is a curriculum that explores the question “how do you turn council houses into publishing houses?” The end result was a 200-page book, written, published and distributed by Chalkhill Estate, in North West London.

Anu Henriques is the founder and co-director of Skin Deep, a femme-led arts collective that makes space for Black creatives and creatives of colour to work towards justice through cultural production.

Anu works across all areas of the organisation: print magazines, online storytelling and live events. She is currently developing Skin Deep’s upcoming collaborative documentary on environmental justice in the UK. Alongside her work at Skin Deep, she works in development and production at Fable Pictures (Wild Rose, Stan & Ollie, Rocks). As Associate Director of Rocks (2020), a collaborative film about the joy of sisterhood, Anu worked alongside director Sarah Gavron, co-writers Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson, the cast and creative team.

How to join this event

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

1) Book a free ticket on this webpage or 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 use Zoom. For the best experience, we recommend using the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device. 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 on Zoom. You will be able to join for the start of the event at 6:45pm (GMT).

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Can participants outside of the UK join this event?
Yes! Everyone is welcome to join, from any location. The primary language used will be English. 

Will I be visible on screen?
No, attendees will not be visible on screen.

Will the event be recorded?
Yes, the conversation will be recorded and available to watch back on Autograph's blog and Skin Deep's website.


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Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Images: 1) André Anderson, Good Stories Take Time, 2021. 2) André Anderson. 3) Anu Henriques.