Autograph ABP was established in 1988 with the mission of promoting black photographers, and advocating the inclusion of historically marginalised photographic practices within mainstream cultural institutions. Based in London, it runs a photography gallery with its own exhibition, education and events programme and also works internationally promote and support the production of new work through commissions, publications and residencies.
As s photographic arts charity, it regularly collaborates with artists, scholars and institutions with the aim of engaging audiences around the world concerned with photography and film, cultural identity, race, representation and human rights. Autograph encourages cross-curricular teaching and visual literacy through our accessible Learning Resources and regular programmes for students of all ages. It continues to preserve the legacy of artists’ work through a range of publications and limited edition prints for sale.
In 2008, Autograph established an Archive & Research Centre to address the lack of visual representation of Britain’s diverse communities in cultural history. The Missing Chapter is one of its main curatorial archive research programmes.
Rivington Place is the home of Autograph ABP. The building opened in October 2007, the UK’s first permanent public space dedicated to diversity in the visual arts and the first new public gallery to be built in London since the Hayward Gallery 40 years previously.
This RIBA award-winning building was designed by David Adjaye and is influenced by African and contemporary art as well as the history of the local area. It comprises one large gallery on the ground floor, a smaller project space and the Stuart Hall Library (run by Iniva) on the second floor, as well as a meeting room and studio space available to hire. It provides dedicated gallery spaces for viewing, learning about and researching photography and film.
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THE BLACK HOUSE 1973-76 COLIN JONES COURTESY OF AUTOGRAPH ABP
RIVINGTON PLACE, LONDON