Artist Residency

Thompson Hall

March - May 2022

Autograph Artist-in-Residence

ABOUT THE residency

Artist Thompson Hall has been selected for an artist residency at Autograph, to support the development of his creative practice during the Covid-19 crisis. With support from ActionSpace, the residency will take place 7 March - 31 May 2022 in Autograph’s building in Hackney, London.

The residency is an open-ended opportunity, providing space to think and create without the expectation of a fixed outcome. Hall will be provided with travel expenses, a fee to support the residency, a materials budget, production assistance, a private studio space and access to our archive.

This on-site residency will be Autograph’s first, signifying a landmark moment in our history. It is an outcome of our ongoing work in collaboration with Project Art Works, on the EXPLORERS project, and with Shape Arts on the Transforming Leadership programme, as part of which Hall has received mentoring from Autograph’s Learning and Participation Manager, Livvy Murdoch, and our Director, Mark Sealy.

"Over the last year or so I have had the privilege of getting to know Thompson Hall and share thoughts with him. This has been a journey through both words and images. His work in our time is pressing and urgent and I am delighted to have him join us for this residency."

— Mark Sealy

We will be sharing more from Hall's residency as it progresses. Check back here for the latest updates.

about the artist

Thompson Hall

Thompson Hall is a London based artist. Primarily working with acrylic paint and pastel drawings, Hall’s often colourful palette takes inspiration from artists including Chris Ofili and Frank Auerbach. Through abstracted symbols and text, Hall’s work explores the inequalities of society and the world around him, in regards to politics, social change, marginalisation and, most recently, the impact that Covid-19 is having on our society.

Hall was awarded an Emerging Artist commission and a Micro Grant from Unlimited in 2017 and 2020 respectively. He has exhibited in group shows across the UK and has had solo exhibitions at Regency Town House in Hove, Brighton Dome, and Project Ability, Glasgow. Hall is a resident artist at ActionSpace’s Cockpit Arts Studio.

Find out more about the artist via ActionSpace’s website.

The artist in conversation

On 10 December 2021, Autograph's director Dr Mark Sealy and Thompson Hall gave an informal talk at Studio Voltaire in London, where they discussed Hall's creative practice and his upcoming residency at Autograph — watch the conversation back below.

The event was part of the public programme accompanying Studio Voltaire’s exhibition by William Scott and was produced in collaboration with ActionSpace.

latest updates

Autograph welcomes Thompson Hall

Thompson Hall's residency at Autograph has begun, and he's already brightening up our studio space!


Inequality, Social Change and Marginalisation

See more of Hall's work in this online image gallery

View here

Featured in the Hackney Citizen

Read Thompson Hall unveiled as Autograph gallery’s first artist-in-residence on the Hackney Citizen


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This residency is supported by ActionSpace and is part of the EXPLORERS project. EXPLORERS is a national creative programme for increasing the visibility and representation of neurodivergent artists in contemporary visual art.

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Banner image: Thompson Hall with his paintings at Autograph. Photograph courtesy Autograph.

Images on page: 1) Thompson Hall, photo © and courtesy of ActionSpace. 2) Thompson Hall, Cacophony of Covid 19 [detail], 2020 © and courtesy of ActionSpace. 4) Thompson Hall, Lockdown Anarchy [detail], from the series Lockdown Legacy, 2020 © and courtesy of ActionSpace. 5) Transforming Leadership logo. 6) Thompson Hall in residence at Autograph, March 2022. Photograph: Jasmine Sarkodee-Adoo. 7) Thompson Hall, Living on a Breadline [detail], 2019 © and courtesy of ActionSpace. 8) Hackney Citizen Logo.