Autograph, London

Katriona Beales:
As We Are But Not As You Know Us

28 Feb - 14 Mar 2020

Past Exhibition



Rivington Place
London EC2A 3BA, UK

past display

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ABOUT THE display

Who do you want to be? And where? See how green screen technology used in film and TV can be a tool for transformation, challenging how others perceive us and how we perceive ourselves.

Artist and educator Katriona Beales has used green screen in Autograph’s first-ever programme for children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). With their families, children in our workshops made films of themselves surrounded by the fantastical backdrops and props they created.

As We Are But Not As You Know Us expands on these workshops, transforming the gallery into an installation of green fabric, video projection and sensory materials.

With green screen, backdrops can be digitally layered onto anything green in a film set. These insertions can be drawings, photographs or moving images. Combined with filming on a live projection, the technology allows us to create and remake our surroundings as we perform – free to enjoy unfamiliarity.

Through play and collaboration, stories can be told and alternate ways of being imagined.

Autograph's Family SEND Programme

Since 2019, we've been making inclusive workshops for the whole family. Find our more about the project

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Katriona Beales

Katriona Beales is an artist and educator. She has exhibited her artwork internationally, recently showing new commissions at the V&A and Science Gallery London. Her project Are we all addicts now?  supported by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, was shown at Furtherfield, London in 2017.

She was one of the Tate's Artist Workshop Leaders, leading SEND workshops as well as primary and secondary school workshops in response to the collections at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Beales was the lead artist on South London Gallery’s Supersmashers project working with looked after children aged 6-12 years old in partnership with social services and carers.


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.


Ways of Being is curated by Ali Eisa and Lucy Keany. It has been 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 thank the parents, carers and children who have attended Autograph’s Family Workshops for Children with SEND, and  Alyssa McLennan and Mahul Patel, Family Workshops for Children with SEND volunteers.

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Banner image: from a Family Workshop for Children with SEND, at Autograph