Pop-Up Exhibition



Rivington Place



exhibition postponed

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About the exhibition

Don't miss this pop-up group exhibition featuring new work by 23 artists at Submit To Love Studios. Based in Hackney, the Studio is a collective of self-taught artists - all of whom have survived brain injuries. 

The work in Common Threads uses Autograph's unique photography collection as inspiration for collaborative textile works. Photographs charting the contribution of diverse cultures to Britain over two centuries have been reimagined by the Studio as elaborate embroideries, appliqué and fabric prints. 

Inspired by the collective’s lived experience of brain injury, Common Threads explores ideas of heritage, talent and otherness - and the many ways underrepresented stories can be told.

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Through the resulting portraits, Common Threads celebrates ideas of shared identities, community and the power of visibility.

Studio artists include: Tony Allan, Tony Brooks, Dolores Crump, Affiong Day, Errol Drysdal, Keith Emmanuel, Jason Ferry, Ken Hazeldine, Calvin Hill, Mike Hoyle, Sam Jevon, Sandra Lott, Billy Mann , Marcus Mann, Yoki Mekuria, Tirzah Mileham, Chris Miller, Brian Searle, Trevor Small, Evaldas Sorocinskis, Diana Takyi, Mark Taylor and Cecil Waldron

Their work appears alongside portraits of the Studio artists by photographer Leon Foggitt, and a short film about Submit To Love Studios by filmmaker Posy Dixon.

This pop-up exhibition is part of Ways of Being at Autograph - a month of exhibitions and events focused on issues of visibility and disability. It is also part of the wider EXPLORERS Project, a programme informed and led by neurodiverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity.

Exhibition Events

Exhibition opening

Join us at the launch of Common Threads

Celebrate with art, food and a talk by Studio artists

Tue 24 Mar, 6 - 8:30pm

Dance Workshop

Creatively Taking Up Space

Challenge the norms of being in a gallery space

Wed 25 Mar, 12:30 - 2pm

Monoprint Workshop

Poundland Portraits

Create some seriously thrifty prints with artist Billy Mann

Thu 26 Mar, 12:30 - 2pm

ThurSday Late

With Submit To Love Studios

Exhibitions, artist talks and performance 

Thu 26 Mar, 6 - 9pm


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. submittolovestudios.org


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, unisex toilets are on all floors.

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

If you would like a social narrative or sensory map for this exhibition, please get in touch and we will create one for you.

Have any questions? We would love to hear from you, contact us at 020 7729 9200 or email info@autograph-abp.co.uk

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Part of the 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
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Project Art Works
Explorers Project
Also supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Also supported by Esmee Fairbairn

Headway East London
Project Art Works

Banner image: 1) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019.

2-6) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019. 7) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell.