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This exhibition features new work by 23 Studio artists, using Autograph’s collection of photography as inspiration for textile works. Photographs charting the contribution of diverse cultures to Britain over two centuries have been reimagined by the Studio as elaborate embroideries, appliqué and fabric prints. The artists have also used the collection as inspiration for self-portraiture, reflecting on personal histories.
Inspired by the collective’s lived experience of brain injury, Common Threads explores ideas of heritage, talent and otherness – and the many ways underrepresented stories can be told. In keeping with the Studio’s collective ethos, a number of these works have been created collaboratively. For many of the artists this is the first use of textile and embroidery in their practice.
You'll see works by Studio artists Tony Allen, Tony Brooks, Dolores Crump, Affiong Day, Errol Drysdal, Keith Emmanuel, Jason Ferry, Ken Hazeldine, Calvin Hill, Mike Hoyle, Sam Jevon, Sandra Lott, Theresa Malcolm, Billy Mann, Marcus Mann, Yoki Mekuria, Tirzah Mileham, Chris Miller, Brian Searle, Alex Sherlock, Trevor Small, Evaldas Sorocinskis, Diana Takyi, Mark Taylor and Cecil Waldron.
Submit to Love Studios’ work appears alongside a selection of portraits of the artists by photographer Leon Foggitt, and a short film by Posy Dixon.
Autograph’s gallery is reopening on 23 June, with new measures in place to help ensure a safe visit for everyone. You can expect a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, carefully managed visitor numbers to ensure social distancing, and new safety measures put in place. We can't wait to welcome you back.
Please book a free, timed ticket before your visit. Your ticket provides entry to our current exhibitions: Sharif Persaud: Have You Ever Had (23 June - 28 August) and Common Threads (23 June - 14 August).
Tickets have a specific start time, but you can stay as long as you like. While each person has a different pace when looking at artworks, we recommend allowing 45-60 minutes for your visit.
The safety of our visitors, staff, artists and community is Autograph’s highest priority. During your visit you can expect carefully managed visitor numbers to ensure social distancing, and new safety measures put in place throughout.
ACCESSIBILITY AT AUTOGRAPH
Autograph is an accessible venue that welcomes people with all types of disabilities. Our building has a step-free entrance at street level, and a lift to all floors. Unisex, accessible toilets are located on all floors.
BEFORE YOUR VISIT
We look forward to welcoming you to Autograph. Before your visit, please have a look at our Visit Us page. There, you'll find detailed information about how we're keeping everyone safe, accessibility and facilities at Autograph, and what to expect on the day of your visit.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Common Threads is part of the EXPLORERS project, a three-year programme of art and conversation led by Project Art Works.