Ways of Being shares approaches to inclusion and art-making, focused on issues of visibility and disability.
Set against a backdrop of austerity and increased hardship towards disabled people, Autograph has spent two years collaborating with groups and artists exploring identity through experiences of disability and neurodiversity.
We're now opening up our gallery to those collaborations for a month of exhibitions, workshops, screenings and events.
Ways of Being marks the end of the UK-wide EXPLORERS Project, highlighting the extraordinary contribution neurodiverse people make to art and culture.
To see our current exhibitions, click here
Care, in the Post
How we built an inclusive workshop programme for children with SEND
New video portraits by young artists with autism and a broad spectrum of learning differences, challenging how people like themselves are represented in mainstream media.
Each three-screen film features the artist speaking directly to the camera about their everyday life, flanked by shots of the places and things that inform their identity. Based in Hackney and aged 16 - 25, all of the filmmakers are members of Mouth That Roars, a youth media organisation.
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.
Download Autograph's detailed Access Guide, with photographs of the building
If you would like a social narrative or sensory map of any part of Ways of Being, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The EXPLORERS Project celebrates and raises awareness of the dynamic, extraordinary contribution neurodiverse people make to art and culture. Ways of Being 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.
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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.
Ways of Being is curated by Ali Eisa and Lucy Keany.
Images, from top: 1) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019. 2-5) From family SEND workshops at Autograph. 6-7) Courtesy Mouth That Roars, 2020. 8-12) Courtesy Submit To Love Studios / Headway East London, 2019. 12) Main entrance at Autograph. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell
Autograph is a place to see things differently. Since 1988, we have championed photography that explores issues of race, identity, representation, human rights and social justice, sharing how photographs reflect lived experiences and shape our understanding of ourselves and others.Donate Join our mailing list