Relaxed Wednesdays

Every wednesday 4 Mar - 20 May



In his first solo exhibition, Sharif Persaud explores identity through his experience of contemporary life and autism.

During Persaud's exhibition, every Wednesday will be relaxed gallery hours from 11am - 6pm. Noise throughout the exhibitions will be kept to a minimum. A quiet, low lit space will be available for anyone who would like to take a break.

Our relaxed Wednesdays are for all visitors who prefer a quieter environment. They are particularly suited to adults and children with complex support needs or those with autism, and their families and carers. Families with children with SEND are also warmly invited to attend.

event postponed

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Autograph is temporarily closing until further notice.

Our exhibitions and events are postponed, but we look forward to welcoming you back later in the year.

If you have booked a free ticket to this event, your ticket will still be accepted when we reopen and the event is rescheduled.

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Gallery 1

Sharif Persaud: Have You Ever Had

Free exhibition

gallery 2

Ways of Being

A month of events and exhibitions focused on issues of disability and visibility


Everyone is welcome at Autograph. You can expect a friendly and inclusive experience during your visit. 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

A social narrative and sensory map for our relaxed gallery openings will be available on 26 February. These can be downloaded on this webpage, and will also be available at our information desk.

Have any questions? We would love to hear from you. You can reach us at 020 7729 9200 or email

During your visit

We are a medium-sized venue, with 2 galleries and a Studio space. We recommend allowing 30 - 60 minutes for your visit. 

Entrance and reception area
The main entrance is on the side of the building. The door 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 will say hello to everyone who comes in the building. They can also help with any questions.

The reception area is evenly lit. 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.

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When the weather is nice, you can also enter Autograph at the front of the building through a large black door. This door is wide enough for wheelchairs, and level with the street. This entrance leads directly into Sharif Persaud's exhibition in Gallery 1. A Visitor Assistant will say hello, and can help with any questions.

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 a screen, and the film has sound at a low volume.

There will be benches in this gallery, and a Visitor Assistant who can answer any questions you have about the exhibition. If you would like a chair with arms and a back, just ask the Visitor Assistant and they can get one for you. 

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
The art in Gallery 2 changes a lot, and sometimes this gallery might be closed. We recommend looking at our Exhibitions page before your visit to see what's on. 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.

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Sharif Persaud's exhibition is commissioned by Autograph as part of EXPLORERS, a three-year programme of art and conversation led by Project Art Works in partnership with with Autograph ABP Fabrica, De La Warr Pavilion, MK Gallery, National Institute for Experimental Arts UNSW, Photoworks and Tate Liverpool.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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Banner image: Sharif Persaud, Untitled, 2017. Courtesy of Project Art Works.

Page images, from top: 1) Sharif Persaud, Self Portrait [detail], 2018. Courtesy of Project Art Works. 2) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019. 3) Main entrance at Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell. 4) Sharif Persaud, Egypt, 2016. Courtesy of Project Art Works