Autograph ABP is based in London where it runs a photography gallery and a programme of talks and educational activities. It also works internationally promoting exhibitions, events and publications concerned with photography, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.
Autograph Awareness, June 2017
Project Art Works travelled to Autograph ABP in london for 3 days of Awareness activities. on day 1, autograph staff heard about different models of social care, facilitating choice and the role of the artist in working with people with complex needs from the paw team. They also heard about the idea of the Local Offer from Lizzy Ngotta, Inclusion and Specialist Support Team Leader and Ella Richie, Hackney Local Offer Coordinator, from Hackney Learning Trust.
Autograph Awareness, June 2017
On Days 2 and 3, small groups of the Autograph team travelled to Ickburgh School in Homerton and joined Project Art Works’ artists, working with students, teachers and support staff from the school in a constructed, immersive environment in the school hall. Over 4 sessions with students with a variety of different and complex needs, the Autograph teams got to discover different approaches and ways of working with neurodiverse young people, and sensitivity to individual ways of being.
"What I want is to build a truly inclusive organisation - this becomes a practical thing."
"It felt like there was a space to allow things to evolve."
"Exploration is important for them."
"Interesting experience in communication."
"A really positive experience - not feeling like you have to rush into it."
"A really different type of pacing - the way you approach working with an individual."
"Learned a lot watching."
Autograph ABP Creative Workshop Installation, November 2017
“From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently.”
Justice. Edited by Michael J Sandel. Oxford University Press, Inc. 2007
For a week in November Project Art Works took over the exhibition space of Autograph ABP to present a workshop space as an installation. Members of the public were welcome to visit the space on Saturday 4 November and Saturday 11 November 2017 to experience two different installations.
For the first, prior to creative action, Project Art Works created a space for film, objects and spaces ready to be used in Encounter workshops with people with complex needs alongside graphics and text about the current political landscape of the social care sector. The resulting work, film, ideas and materials were showcased within the constructed installation environment, all outcomes from the weeks’ workshops.
Autograph Encounter, November 17
Over three days of workshops we worked with participants from Apasen, an established provider of social and community services in East London, Ickburgh School and Create Day Centre, run by Tower Hamlets Social Services. 20 participants worked together with our artists and 16 staff from Autograph ABP. Towards the end of each day we used a technique called solar printing, a photographic process using negative transparencies, to produce individual portraits of each of the participants.
“The people who use our service said that it was a wonderful day and that they loved the art and really liked the people who supported them. For the staff of Create it was insightful to see how some of the people who come to create were very different in this new environment. We noticed that they were more engaged and their challenging behaviour was non-existent. Plus they appeared to have a lot of fun. We are looking forward to continuing being part of this project.” - Mark Adlington, Create Day Centre, Tower Hamlets
“Thank you so much for the workshops you have organised for our pupils it has been an unbelievable experience for them and us! The artwork created by the pupils has been some of the best I’ve seen! Many thanks to all the team and assistants for providing such spectacular workshops!” - Chris Mackin - Head of Art, Ickburgh School, Hackney
Neurodiversity & Art Seminar, 9 November
The second EXPLORERS seminar, entitled Neurodiversity and Art was held in the main gallery space at Autograph ABP, within the workshop environment created for the Encounter workshops. Nine speakers including Mark Sealey, Director, Autograph ABP; Rosie Cooper, Head of Exhibitions, DLWP; Daria Martin, artist and academic; Charlotte Moore, author and journalist, gave presentations from their own different perspectives around the ideas proposed by the following questions:
Neurodiverse groups benefit from creative collaboration with artists, curators and galleries, but how does collaborative action help us to mutual understanding? Why is an awareness and understanding of neurodiversity important for curators and exhibition programmers? And how can curatorial programming become more inclusive to accommodate this?
Charlotte Moore also brought her sons Sam and George Smith who are participants at Project Art Works' weekly Parachute club and their presence was key to illustrating how people of all different neurological states of being can work together. In the afternoon a panel discussion answered a series of provocations solicited from the audience, followed by further live questions which together challenged and opened up further issues in relation to the aims of the project.
On the day 77 people attended and we engaged two sign language interpreters from Love Language. We are currently compiling responses received from an evaluative survey sent to all attendees prior to the event on Survey Monkey.
Download the full programme here.