Common Ground


in partnership with UAL Insights


An annual collaboration between Autograph and UAL Insights that introduces young people to photography through an artist-led programme


A programme for London-based students in further education and sixth form colleges


To provide access to professional artists, curators and mentors, as well as Autograph's collection to support a new generation of makers in pursuing a creative career

ABOUT THE project

Common Ground is an annual collaboration between Autograph and UAL Insights which invites a group of local sixth form and further education colleges students to explore themes of identity through photography, with sessions taking place at Autograph and UAL's London College of Communication.

Created and facilitated by Adrian Wood and D Wiafe, this year’s programme will use the cyanotype process as a starting point to explore self-identity and expression through classic and contemporary forms of creative practice.

Students will be exploring the question: how do individuals use style, objects and their bodies to reflect their identity and the wider community?

Through the project students will:
• Develop photography, moving image and post-production skills
• Build confidence in experimenting and making work independently
• Make new work to contribute to their creative portfolios
• Connect with industry experts and mentors

The project will culminate in a celebratory event and a public presentation in October 2024.

Common Ground: Week 1

what we're doing

25 young people

Engage with the programme


3 ambassadors

Recruited to support the delivery

1 free outdoor display

Sharing new work with the public


1 online gallery

Sharing work made by the participants during the project

9 creative sessions

Taking place at Autograph and London College of Communication

artist facilitators


D Wiafe

D Wiafe is the Course Leader on BA (Hons) Commercial Photography course at London College of Communication (LCC). He is also a Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Photography at LCC.

D's work champions the power and contributions of youth-led thinking to collaborative projects. He has an extensive background in developing project partnerships with brands and arts organisation that enable creative talent to contribute innovate ideas to the development of branded content, community initiatives, social enterprises and more.


Adrian Wood

Adrian Wood is Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication. Adrian is a London based Photographer and has exhibited domestically and internationally, including at Victoria & Albert Museum, (London) Aperture Gallery (NYC, USA,) Rencontres de Arles (France), and Musee de Elysee (Switzerland).

Community Outreach and Participatory projects are a core element of Adrian’s practice. Working with community and arts organisations, schools and government agencies, his work focuses on projects that encourage young people to use photography as a new way of seeing their own environment and themselves in relation to their communities, society and the wider world. The camera is used as a device for investigating the lines between participants' current realities and their future potential.

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Banner image: UAL insights participants / Adrian Wood.