Relaxed Exhibition Opening

Wed 26 Feb 2020 3:30 - 6pm


About the EVENT

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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In Gallery 2, adults and children can experiment with creating a film using fantastical digital backdrops at the launch of Ways of Being, our month of events and exhibitions focused on issues around disability and visibility.

Our building is accessible and step free. Everyone is welcome at Autograph, you can expect a friendly and inclusive experience during your visit.

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.

Click here to download Autograph's detailed Access Guide, with photographs of the building

Click here to download a visual story for this event

Our friendly staff and Visitor Assistants will be located throughout the building at this event.

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

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 


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.

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The reception area is evenly lit. This area is usually quiet, but there may be some sound from other visitors. There are free lockers for coats and bags, ask the front desk staff for a key. From the reception area, visitors can go to Gallery 1, the Studio, and take the lift or stairs to Gallery 2.

Gallery 1
In our ground floor gallery is Sharif Persaud's new exhibition Have You Ever Had. The gallery is spacious and well lit, with a large window facing the street. Sounds in the gallery can echo a bit. Persaud's paintings and drawings will be hung on the walls. His award-winning short film The Mask will be projected onto the wall, and the film has sound. There will be benches in this gallery, and a staff member who can help with any questions.

The Studio
The Studio is on the ground floor. This will be used as a quiet space for any visitors who would like to take a break. There is a large glass window facing a quiet street.

Gallery 2
To get to Gallery 2, take the lift in reception to the second floor, or you can use the stairs. The lift has a mirror and reflections. At the door to the gallery, everyone will be greeted by Autograph staff, and invited to join in the activities if they wish. The gallery will have low lighting and low noise, with a projection and a TV screen in the space.

Children and adults can make a film, creating props and experimenting with an interactive green screen. All activities will be supported by Autograph's Learning and Participation staff.

Casualty, 2016, by Sharif Persaud


This event is free. We ask visitors to book a free ticket in advance to help us manage numbers, however you do not need a ticket to attend this event. 

You can book a ticket on this webpage, on Eventbrite, Facebook, by phoning us at 020 7729 9200, or emailing When you book, you'll be asked if you have any access requirements you would like us to know about.


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.

Special Thanks

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

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

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.