Autograph presents Sharif Persaud (Relaxed Exhibition Opening), London


Price: Free


Self Portrait by Sharif Persaud, pastel drawing showing the artist wearing a mask on top of his head and clutching his hands together

Be the first to see Sharif Persaud’s new exhibition Have You Ever Had at Autograph’s relaxed exhibition opening.

This relaxed event is for visitors who benefit from a quiet and less crowded environment. It is particularly suited to people with complex support needs or those with autism, and their families and carers. Families with children with SEND are also warmly invited to join us. A quiet space will be available for any visitors who would like to take a break.

Persaud’s work explores identity through his experience of contemporary life and autism. Have You Ever Had is the culmination of the UK-wide EXPLORERS Project, highlighting the extraordinary contribution neurodiverse people make to art and culture.

In Gallery 2, adults and children can experiment with creating a film using fantastical digital backdrops at the launch of Ways of Being, our month of events and exhibitions focused on issues around disability and visibility.

Our building is accessible and step-free. Everyone is welcome at Autograph, you can expect a friendly and inclusive experience during your visit.

Read more on our website.


This is an informal event to celebrate the launch of our new exhibitions and see the art on display. You can come and leave anytime during the event.

Entrance and reception area
Everyone is greeted by Autograph staff at the main entrance. The entrance is a large glass door that easily accommodates a wheelchair, and is level with the street. In the reception area, there is a front desk with a member of staff who is happy to help visitors with any questions. Free soft drinks and water will be available at the front desk.

Gallery 1
In our ground floor gallery is Sharif Persaud’s new exhibition Have You Ever Had. The gallery is spacious and well lit, with a large window facing the street. Sounds in the gallery can echo a bit. Persaud’s paintings and drawings will be hung on the walls. His award-winning short film The Mask will be projected onto the wall, and the film has sound. There will be benches in this gallery, and a staff member who can help with any questions.

The Studio
The Studio is on the ground floor. This will be used as a quiet space for any visitors who would like to take a break. There is a large glass window facing a quiet street.

Gallery 2
To get to Gallery 2, take the lift in reception to the second floor, or you can use the stairs. The lift has a mirror and reflections. At the door to the gallery, everyone will be greeted by Autograph staff, and invited to join in the activities if they wish. The gallery will have low lighting and low noise, with a projection and a TV screen in the space.

Children and adults can make a film, creating props and experimenting with an interactive green screen. All activities will be supported by Autograph’s Learning and Participation staff.


This event is free. We ask visitors to book a free ticket in advance to help us manage numbers, however you do not need a ticket to attend this event.

You can book a ticket on this webpage, on Eventbrite, Facebook, by phoning us at 020 7729 9200, or emailing When you book, you’ll be asked if you have any access requirements you would like us to know about.


Sharif Persaud’s exhibition is curated by Mark Sealy. Both the exhibition and Ways of Being are commissioned by Autograph as part of EXPLORERS, a three-year programme of art and conversation led by Project Art Works in partnership with Autograph, Fabrica, De La Warr Pavilion, MK Gallery, National Institute for Experimental Arts UNSW, Photoworks and Tate Liverpool.


Please note that photography and filming is not permitted at this event

Everyone is welcome at Autograph. Our building is accessible, with step-free access to all spaces. Accessible toilets are on all floors.

Download Autograph’s detailed Access Guide on our website.

A social narrative and sensory map for this event will be available on 24 February. This will be emailed to everyone who has booked a free ticket, and can be downloaded from this webpage.

Our friendly staff and Visitor Assistants will be located throughout the building at this event.

Have any questions? We would love to hear from you, contact us at 020 7729 9200 or email Krystina Robinson at

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Sharif Persaud’s exhibition is commissioned by Autograph as part of EXPLORERS. The EXPLORERS Project is led by Project Art Works, an artist led organisation working with children, young people and adults who have complex support needs. The EXPLORERS Project is supported by the Arts Council Ambition for Excellence Programme and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Ways Of Being is also supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Wheelchair access to all floors and exhibition spaces. Large print captions. A relaxed space where you can take a break from exhibition and gallery. Ear defenders. Sensory map and social story will be sent to those who book a ticket on the 24 Feb prior to their visit.


Autograph, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA

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