autograph, london

Workshop: Making Art with Friends and Strangers

Sat 25 May || 1 - 4:30pm

Past event

A workshop exploring community, art making and visual storytelling


Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK

past event

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ABOUT THE workshop

Join us at Autograph's gallery for an afternoon exploring community, art making, and visual storytelling. Visual artist Karen Jelenje will lead this hands-on workshop, sharing how they incorporate questions of identity, culture and heritage into creative practice.

You'll be guided through a series of practical printing, painting and mark-making exercises, culminating in the creation of a collaborative artwork. After the workshop, a piece of the work will be posted to each attendee.

This workshop is open to all experience levels and aims to foster social relationships in a relaxed and informal environment. We'll chat, make art and have fun. Following the creative exercises, there will be time to socialise over refreshments.

For the best experience, only a very limited number of tickets are available – we recommend early booking.

workshop leaders

Karen Jelenje

Karen Jelenje is a British-Malawian mixed media artist and creative facilitator with a background in architecture and urban design.

Her current visual arts research explores artisanal traditions and communal forms of art making found across the continent with a view to developing her practice by collaborating with others to produce large scale artworks that narrate and preserve personal histories and tales of identity and culture.

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Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Planning a visit? Have a look at our Visit Us page to find out more about getting to the gallery, accessibility and more.


Accessible VEnue

Autograph welcomes people with all types of disabilities

Supplies provided

You do not need to bring anything, all art materials will be provided at the workshop


The event will take place in our Studio and courtyard on the ground floor


Step free

Our building and entrance is step free. A wheelchair accessible lift goes to all floors


The ticket price for this event is £5. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If this ticket price is unaffordable for you, please get in touch with Harriet at about free ticketing options.

Autograph's events are very popular, and often sell out. To provide the best experience for everyone, tickets must be booked in advance for this event, and will not be available on the door. If you need to cancel your ticket for any reason, you can receive a refund up to 24 hours before the start of the event.


Each year, Autograph has an Open Call for event proposals from emerging cultural producers who are working on a new or early stage project. For successful applicants, Autograph provides a budget, curatorial fee, and support to help make the event happen. This event is a result of our 2023 Open Call: Heritage and Culture.

Banner image: Courtesy Karen Jelenje.