Thursday Late

Thur 7 Mar 2019 6 - 9pm

Curated by Ali Eisa and Lucy Keany

About the event

A special late gallery opening in collaboration with Submit to Love Studios - home to a collective of artists, all of whom have survived brain injuries.

Works by Affiong Day, Sam Jevon, Mohammed Sharif and Cecil Waldron from Submit to Love Studios will be on display, alongside our exhibition The Space Between Things by Phoebe Boswell. A series of life-altering events serve as the genesis for Boswell's new work: an emotive interrogation of trauma, healing, and the poetics of endurance.

Join us for three spaces of artwork, drinks, a Q&A with artists from Submit to Love Studios, and an informal exhibition tour of The Space Between Things.

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The works on display showcase the urgency and vitality in each artist’s work, starting from the human figure and spiralling out into landscape and abstraction. Sometimes referring directly to life-changing experiences - from brain injury to migration - the artists use drawing as an immediate form of expression: a way to connect with, locate themselves, speak to and mark the world around them.

Refined over more than a decade, the collective at Submit to Love Studios have developed a set of unique practices and interests, often working collaboratively.

Using mark-making to reimagine portraits from Autograph’s archival collection of photographs, Affiong Day continues her exploration of identity and freedom. She says of her work “In art I can find a use for my mistakes … Losing your abilities takes away your identity, but it also takes away ego.”

A long-term studio member, Sam Jevon has produced a striking and precise body of minutely detailed drawings. Often surreal, revealing and always playful, her illustrations beautifully capture different bodies - both human and animal - in balance. Sometimes floating and dislocated, but together, clustered in pairs, crowds and communities.

Mohammed Sharif describes his drawings as cartoons. Having initially spent a whole year in the studio observing his peers, Sharif’s work now explodes from the page, marked by signature bold colours trying to escape thick black outlines.

Cecil Waldron uses felt pens to render saturated cityscapes and natural forms. This marks both the page of his drawings and his life story. Waldron was born in Guyana in 1938, worked in a studio printing and developing photographs before moving to the UK, aged 20 and looking for adventure. Arriving as stowaway on a boat at the docks in Liverpool, he made his way to London and became a tailor. His history is reflected in the close attention paid to dress, pattern and intricate composition in his drawings.

This pop-up exhibition forms part of EXPLORERS, a 3-year programme informed and led by neurodiverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity.

Part of our programme exploring disability, neurodiversity and rights – relating to creative practice


This is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time.

6 - 9pm
Galleries open
Drinks and refreshments

Q&A with artists from Submit to Love Studios

Informal exhibition tour of The Space Between Things

At the event

Ground floor

Phoebe Boswell: The Space Between Things
Submit to Love Studios showcase

Cash bar / coffee & tea

Floor 2
Phoebe Boswell: The Space Between Things

Accessibility at AUTOGRAPH

Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building Rivington Place is an accessible space with a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.

Download our Accessibility Guide for detailed access information about our venue and transport.

We are happy to help. If you would like to discuss your visit, or have any questions, please contact us at or 020 7749 9200


"My name is Cecil and I was born in Guyana in 1938"

Find out more about Submit to Love Studios artist Cecil Waldron


"Now I am calm and patient and you can see that in my drawings"

We take a closer look at the work of Sam Jevon


"I am 45, born in Pakistan"

Mohammad Sharif is an artist at Submit to Love Studios


"In art I can find a use for my mistakes"

Read more about artist Affiong Day


Based in Hackney, Submit to Love Studios is home to a collective of self-taught artists. These artists have developed a set of unique practices and interests, refined over more than a decade.

All of the artists have survived brain injuries - some use this to inform their work, whilst others take inspiration from the world around them.

The studio is based at Headway East London, a charity supporting survivors of brain injury.


Phoebe Boswell: The Space Between Things

14 Dec - 30 March 2019


Submit to Love Studios at Headway East London


"We are forced to come to terms with her metamorphosis and what it means for us and our humanity"

Chris Miller - an artist at Submit to Love Studios - reviews Phoebe Boswell's powerful exhibition at Autograph


A Journey Into the Radical Art of Brain Injury Survivors

Vice article about Headway East London


Headway x Autograph

Headway East London reflects on the Showcase event at Autograph

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Photography and filming will take place at this event. If you do not wish to be photographed or filmed, please let a staff member know on arrival.


EXPLORERS project, delivered by Project Art Works, a three-year programme of art and conversation working with 12 national art organisations. The EXPLORERS programme is informed and led by neurodiverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity. Based in Hastings, Project Art Works is the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with children, young people and adults who have complex support needs.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council Englane
Headway East London
Project Art Works
Project Art Works
Explorers Project

Banner images: Sam Jevon

Page images, from top left: 1) Autograph, London. 2) Cecil Waldron, Submit to Love Studios. 3) Sam Jevon, Submit to Love Studios. 4) Affiong Day, Submit to Love Studios. 5) Mohammed Sharif, Submit to Love Studios. 6)  Sam Jevon 7) Cecil Wadron 8) Chris Miller at Autograph 9) Phoebe Boswell, film still from Rapture [detail], 2018. Single channel video . Courtesy the artist and Sapar Contemporary, New York. 10) Sam Jevon. 11) Chris Miller, Submit to Love Studios artist. 12) Sam Jevon