Rights in Focus Network

SAT 2 MAR 2019
11:30AM – 4:30PM

£6 / £5

About the Event

Join us to share and discuss rights-focused approaches to arts participation, raising questions and discussing how a rights-focused approach might:

• Engage those most marginalised, excluded or discriminated against

• Address the power imbalances that create these conditions

• Advocate for structural and systemic change at personal, community, organisational and societal levels

• Highlight some of the ethical dilemmas of arts engagement work

This event is aimed at artists, arts professionals and those working in community settings. The Rights in Focus Network event takes place quarterly, and we welcome both returning and first time attendees - regardless of what stage in your career or practice you are at. 

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You will be encouraged to share learning, skills and resources from your own practice. 

Lunch and refreshments are provided (included in ticket price).

The Rights in Focus Network has grown out of conversations which began at a two-day event held at Autograph in April 2018 Rights in Focus: A 2-day Exchange Exploring the Politics of Engagement.

The next scheduled dates for the Network are: 1st June, 7th Sept and 7th Dec.


11:30 – 11:45 Welcome and introductions

11:45 – 13:05 Guest speaker and discussion with Aida Silvestri

13:05 – 13:50 Lunch

13:50 – 4pm Practice sharing by two network speakers Gil Doron and Inès Elsa Dalal, followed by a group discussion and feedback

4 – 4:30pm Feedback and sharing of references and resources

4:30 – 5pm Drinks and networking


Aida Silvestri

Inès Elsa Dalal

Gil Maulem-Doron


Ali Eisa

Will Essilfie

Lucy Keany

About the Speakers

Aida Silvestri "My main interest as an artist is to explore new and conceptual approach to sensitive issues such as; migration, identity, ethnicity, culture, health, politics and the landscape through documentary photography and art installations." Silvestri studied BTEC photography at Kensington & Chelsea College and BA (Hons) Photography at the University of Westminster.  

Inès Elsa Dalal "As a person of mixed heritage, I feel compelled to question hostility towards migrants and xenophobia in Britain. I respond to photographic commissions as well as managing, producing and curating long and short-term projects. I specialise in socially engaged participatory practice and have been nurturing relationships with clients across sectors, for the past eight years."

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Gil Maulem-Doron is a socially and politically engaged artist. He works in the media of photography, installations, performance and digital art. Much of his work is participatory, working with marginalised communities in UK and abroad.


Ali Eisa
, Public Programme Manager (Education) at Autograph
Ali is an artist managing the learning programme and facilitating workshops for Autograph since 2015. His background includes social circus, community arts and youth work with organisations including Albert & Friends Instant Circus and Hounslow Action on Youth. Ali exhibits nationally and internationally, as part of collaborative project Lloyd Corporation. He studied at Goldsmiths, University of London and graduated with BA Fine Art (2010) and MA Visual Sociology (2014).

Will Essilfie is an educator, project manager and researcher with a focus on social justice education through the arts. He has worked in various sectors including the arts, teacher training, and global social justice education.  

Lucy Keany
, Public Programme Manager (Events and Projects) at Autograph
Lucy is a visual arts public programmer interested in exploring how the politics of social justice and human rights can be applied to the arts and working with audiences/participants. Since completing her MFA at Edinburgh College of Art (2008) Lucy has undertaken programming roles within a variety of visual arts organisations including Edinburgh Art Festival, Street Level Photoworks and Autograph since 2014.


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This network event is organised by Autograph and Will Essilfie.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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Banner images: 1) Dr Gil Mualem-Doron, Protesting for Diversity, 2018. 2) Miriam Ivanoff, 2018

Page images, from top left:  1) Omar Victor Diop: Liberty/Diaspora exhibition at Autograph, London. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell. 2) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Every Moment Counts, from the series Ecstatic Antibodies, 1989.