Be the first to see Sharif Persaud's new exhibition Have You Ever Had at our relaxed exhibition opening.
This relaxed event is for visitors who benefit from a quiet and less crowded environment. It is particularly suited to people with complex support needs or those with autism, and their families and carers. Families with children with SEND are also warmly invited to join us. A quiet space will be available for any visitors who would like to take a break.
Persaud's work explores identity through his experience of contemporary life and autism. Have You Ever Had is the culmination of the UK-wide EXPLORERS Project, highlighting the extraordinary contribution neurodiverse people make to art and culture.
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Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building is accessible, with step-free access to all spaces. Accessible toilets are on all floors.
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Our friendly staff and Visitor Assistants will be located throughout the building at this event.
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This is an informal event to celebrate the launch of our new exhibitions and see the art on display. You can come and leave anytime during the event.
Entrance and reception area
Everyone is greeted by Autograph staff at the main entrance. The entrance is a large glass door that easily accommodates a wheelchair, and is level with the street. In the reception area, there is a front desk with a member of staff who is happy to help visitors with any questions. Free soft drinks and water will be available at the front desk.
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.
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Sharif Persaud's exhibition is curated by Mark Sealy. 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.
Autograph would like to acknowledge the generous support of this exhibition from the family of Peter Clack, a former trustee of Autograph.
Please note that photography and filming is not permitted at this event
Banner image: Sharif Persaud, Self Portrait, 2015. Courtesy of Project Art Works.
Page images: 1) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell. 2) Sharif Persaud, film still from The Mask [detail], 2017. 3 mins 46 seconds. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 3) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019. 4) Sharif Persaud, Casualty, 2016. Courtesy of Project Art Works.
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