everyone is welcome at autograph
Autograph's gallery in Hackney, London is open. We care about our visitors, staff, artists and community, and are keeping measures in place to help ensure a safe visit for everyone. We can't wait to see you again.
Since 1988, Autograph has championed photography that explores issues of race, identity, representation, human rights and social justice, sharing how photographs can reflect lived experiences and shape our understanding of ourselves and others. Autograph’s gallery is located at Rivington Place in Hackney, London. Our iconic building is England’s first permanent public space dedicated to diversity in the visual arts.
Getting to autograph
Autograph is in the Shoreditch area of Hackney, in East London.
London EC2A 3BA
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We are a short walk from Shoreditch High Street, Old Street and Liverpool Street stations. If you are travelling by bus, the 26, 35, 47, 48, 55, 67, 149 and 243 buses stop at the Shoreditch Church and Shoreditch Town Hall. These bus stops are close to the gallery.
Autograph does not have public parking. To find the nearest available parking and rates, we recommend justpark.com. We have two disabled parking bays on-site, to book one for your visit please email email@example.com or phone 020 7749 1240.
Like to plan ahead? Visitors can book a free, timed ticket before their visit. Once you are in the building, feel free to take as long as you like to view the exhibitions.
Haven’t booked a ticket before your visit? No problem! Walk-ups are welcome at the gallery, however during occasional busy times you may have to wait a short while before entering the gallery.
Book tickets for our upcoming exhibitions Armet Francis: Beyond The Black Triangle and Hélène Amouzou: Voyages. If you'd like to support Autograph's work, there's an option to make a donation with your free ticket.
BOOK A GROUP VISIt
Ready to book your group visit to Autograph's gallery? Click below to access our booking form, where you can request a time and date for your visit, and a member of Autograph's team will get back to you shortly.
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what to expect during your visit
Everyone is welcome at Autograph. You can expect a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, and safety measures in place to help ensure a safe visit for everyone.
While each person has a different pace when looking at artworks, we recommend allowing 45-60 minutes for your visit.
On arrival: The door to Autograph is on the side of the building, on Rivington Place (off Rivington Street). You don’t need to print out your ticket for your visit.
Toilets: Toilets are open and can be found on the ground floor and second floor. Each floor has an accessible toilet. All toilets are single-occupancy and unisex.
Getting around the building: Exhibitions are in Gallery 1 on the ground floor, and Gallery 2 on the second floor. A lift goes to all floors.
Visitor Ambassadors in the galleries: Have a question about the art on display? Ask one of our friendly Visitor Ambassadors! They are in the galleries to help with any queries and maintain Covid-19 safety measures.
Social media and photography in the galleries: Share your visit on your social channels ✨ Feel free to take pictures in the exhibitions for social media and personal use, you can tag us at @autographabp. If you want to take photographs with a SLR camera or for commercial use, you’ll need to get in touch with us first.
Large bags: Some of the artworks on display are fragile, and you may be asked to leave larger bags in a free, staffed cloakroom during events. More details can be found on the event page.
Visiting with children: We warmly welcome families, and caregivers with buggies and prams. Our building is step-free, including the entrance. Baby change facilities are located on the ground floor.
Shop: Books, exhibition posters and postcards are available to purchase at the reception desk, and in our online shop. Display copies aren’t currently available to look through at the reception desk. All sales support Autograph’s arts and learning programmes.
Support Autograph: Did you know that we are a registered charity? Admission to Autograph’s gallery is free, and we ask visitors to please consider donating to support our work. You can donate at the contactless tap points outside the galleries, and online.
Your feedback: Feedback about your visit helps us to improve services and demonstrate our impact to funders. You may be asked to take a survey by one of our Visitor Ambassadors. Paper surveys are also available in the galleries.
Accessibility at Autograph
Autograph is an accessible venue that welcomes people with all types of disabilities. Download our Accessibility Guide here.
Step-free access: Our building has level entrances and step-free access to all areas.
Lift: A lift goes to all floors.
Toilets: Accessible, single-occupancy, unisex toilets are on all floors.
Wheelchairs: The entrance, and all areas of the building are wheelchair accessible.
Seating: Simple benches without backs or arms are in both galleries. If you would like a chair with arms, please ask a Visitor Ambassador and they will get one for you.
Disabled parking bays: We have two disabled parking bays on-site, directly next to Autograph’s building. To book one for your visit please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7749 1240.
Assistance dogs: Registered assistance dogs are welcome.