Rights in Focus Network

Sat 8 Dec 12:30 - 5pm

£6 / £5

About the Event

Join us to share and discuss rights-focused approaches to arts participation. The network takes place quarterly, 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 

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Attendees will be encouraged to share learning, skills and resources from their own practice.

This network event is aimed at artists, arts professionals and those working in community settings. Everyone is welcome to join us, regardless of what stage in their career or practice they are at.

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 called Rights in Focus: A 2-day Exchange Exploring the Politics of Engagement.


12.30 – 1pm: Lunch (included in ticket price)

1 – 1.15pm: Welcome

1.15 – 2.45: Guest speaker and discussion: Ali Eisa and Lucy Keany from Autograph will discuss the Canvas(s) project, a partnership between rights-focused organisations and young people from refugee backgrounds

2.45 – 3pm: Break

3 – 4.10pm: Practice sharing by two network speakers

4.10 – 4.30pm: Feedback and sharing of references/resources

4.30 – 5pm: Drinks and networking


Ali Eisa

Will Essilfie

Lucy Keany

About the Speakers

Ali Eisa, Public Programme Manager (Education)
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. 

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Lucy Keany, Public Programme Manager (Events and Projects)
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) Miriam Ivanoff, 2018. 2)  Photograph: Jalaikon, 2018. 3) Miriam Ivanoff, 2018. 4) Photograph: Jalaikon, 2018. 5) Photograph: Jalaikon, 2018.

Page images, from top left: 1) TBD  2) Omar Victor Diop exhibition installation at Autograph, London. Photograph: Zoe Maxwell.