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Our gallery is reopening 23 June 2021, Autograph


Autograph's gallery in Hackney is reopening with two exhibitions highlighting identity and neurodiversity — and new measures in place to help ensure a safe visit for everyone. We can't wait to see you again.

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.

Although our gallery temporarily closed in March 2020 due to Covid-19, Autograph as an organisation has remained very much open. We've been creating content to share online, alongside our programmes of ground-breaking exhibitions, events, projects, workshops, books and more. We look forward to welcoming you back to visit us in person from 23 June, and you’ll also see more from us digitally in the future too.

At our gallery, we've introduced a number of changes to help ensure a safe experience for everyone, including asking visitors to book free, timed tickets before their visit. To plan your visit and find out more, have a look at our Visit Us page and you can book tickets here.

Everyone is welcome at Autograph, and you can expect a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere during your visit. We can't wait to see you again. Here's what's on:

Placing himself at the centre of his work, Sharif Persaud explores identity through his experience of contemporary life and autism. He is a part of the collective of neurodiverse artists and activists at Project Art Works, who have been shortlisted for The Turner Prize 2021.

Based in Hackney, Submit to Love Studios is home to a collective of self-taught artists — all of whom have survived brain injury. This exhibition features new work by 23 Studio artists, using Autograph’s unique collection of photography as inspiration for textile works.


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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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