Disability and Visibility


A month of collaborative exhibitions and events

About the project

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.


Rivington Place



project postponed

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Autograph is temporarily closing. Our exhibitions and events are postponed, but we look forward to welcoming you back later in the year.

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Inclusive workshops 28 February - 14 March

Using green screen technology, artist Katriona Beales' sensory workshops use play and fantastical digital backdrops to transform how others perceive us and how we perceive ourselves. 

Beales has developed Autograph's first-ever programme for children with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), and in her takeover is using the whole gallery for a large installation expanding on her approach to inclusion using creative play.


As We Are But Not As You Know Us

How green screen technology can be a tool for transformation

28 FEB - 14 MAR 2020


Family workshop for Children with SEND

Fun, creative play for all ages

sat 29 feb 2pm


Drop-in family activities

Create fantastical films with green screen technology

Sat 7 Mar All day 


Creative Play and Children with SEND

Continuing Professional Development session

fri 13 Mar 1:30pm


Family Workshop for Children with SEND

A gallery full of fun, inclusive activities

14 MAR 10AM


Pop-up film exhibition 17 - 21 March

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. 


A Different Way of Seeing

Pop-up, three-screen film installation

18 - 21 Mar


Exhibition Opening

Join us at the launch event  

Tue 17 mar 7pm


Exhibition and events 24 - 28 March

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.

We've been working with the Studio for two years. Don't miss their gallery takeover with a group exhibition, music, talks, workshops and more. 

Pop-up Exhibition

Common Threads

See elaborate textile works by 20 Studio artists

25 - 28 Mar


Exhibition launch

Celebrate with art, food and a talk by Studio artists

tue 24 mar 6pm

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


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 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 info@autograph-abp.co.uk

Rivington Place, home of Autograph


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. explorersproject.org

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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.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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Also supported by EXPLORERS Project
Also supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Also supported by Esmee Fairbairn
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Headway East London
Submit to Love Studios

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