Exhibition Opening

Thur 27 Feb 6:30 - 8:30pm

Curated by Mark Sealy

About the EVENT

Join us to celebrate the opening of Sharif Persaud's new exhibition Have You Ever Had .

Placing himself at the centre of his work, Persaud explores identity through his experience of contemporary life and autism. He is profoundly interested in his body in society as a site of investigation: sneezing, healthcare, hospitals, gangrene, cities, flats, benefits and his independence.

Have You Ever Had is the culmination of the UK-wide EXPLORERS Project, highlighting the extraordinary contribution neurodiverse people make to art and culture.

Visit Gallery 2 to see a preview of Ways of Being, a month of exhibitions and events focused on issues around visibility and disability. 


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Film still from The Mask, 2017, by Sharif Persaud

part of the exhibition

Sharif Persaud: Have You Ever Had

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

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Ways of Being

At the event

Ground floor
Sharif Persaud: Have You Ever Had

Cash bar
Free cloakroom
Outdoor seating area
Information desk
Exhibition merchandise

Second floor
Ways of Being

Accessible, unisex toilets are on all floors.


Everyone is welcome to our exhibition openings. These events are popular, and we ask visitors to RSVP 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 a cash bar and outdoor seating area. This is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time. 

After the launch event, Sharif Persaud: Have You Ever Had  will be open from 28 February - 23 May 2020.

Casualty, 2016, by Sharif Persaud


Set against a backdrop of increased hardship and marginalisation of vulnerable people, the EXPLORERS Project celebrates and raises awareness of the dynamic, extraordinary contribution neurodiverse people make to art and culture. This exhibition has developed from a long partnership with Project Art Works and Autograph's participation in EXPLORERS.

EXPLORERS is informed and led by neurodiverse communities, in collaboration with cultural organisations across the UK and in Australia. 

The project is led by Project Art Works, the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with children, young people and adults who have complex support needs. EXPLORERS is supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence Programme and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.


New poster for Sharif Persaud's exhibition

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Autograph's specially designed Sharif Persaud postcards

Available from our online shop

Rivington Place, home of Autograph


Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building is accessible, with step-free access to all spaces. Accessible toilets are on all floors.

This event may be noisy and crowded at times. For visitors who benefit from a quieter environment, there is a relaxed exhibition opening event on 26 February. 

Click here to read more about the relaxed exhibition opening event

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. Contact Krystina Robinson at 020 7749 1248 or email

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

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Free tickets (RSVP) to this event can be booked on this webpage, on Eventbrite, on Autograph's Facebook page for the event, by phoning Autograph at 020 7729 9200, or by emailing Tickets to Autograph's events are only available through Eventbrite, Autograph, and Autograph's Facebook page. Tickets obtained unofficially via social media or other platforms may not be genuine.


Please note that photography and 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.


Both the exhibition and Ways of Being are commissioned by Autograph as part of EXPLORERS, a three-year programme of art and conversation led by Project Art Works in partnership with Autograph, Fabrica, De La Warr Pavilion, MK Gallery, National Institute for Experimental Arts UNSW, Photoworks and Tate Liverpool.

Special Thanks

Autograph would like to acknowledge the generous support of this exhibition from the family of Peter Clack, a former trustee of Autograph.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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Also supported by EXPLORERS Project
Also supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Also supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Banner image: Sharif Persaud, Egypt, 2016. Courtesy of Project Art Works.

Page images: 1) Sharif Persaud, film still from The Mask [detail], 2017. 3 mins 46 seconds. Courtesy of Project Art Works 2) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019. 3) Sharif Persaud, Casualty, 2016. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 4) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell.