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Resources, Artist Opportunities & More

POSTED: 14 May 2021

Looking to discover something new? 

In the 30+ years that Autograph has been in existence, we've built up a close network of peers, artists, collaborators and friends.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the opportunities, funds, resources and other useful information sent to us by our network. Plus, exhibitions and events you might find interesting too.

This page is continuously updated, so check back often.

EXHIBITIONS

Ajamu: Archival Sensoria
20 May - 11 July, Cubitt Gallery, London
A solo exhibition of new and archival works that spotlight Black Queer legacies in Britain by photographer, artist-scholar, archive curator and radical sex activist Ajamu X, curated by Languid Hands.
Click here for more information and to book tickets. 

OPPORTUNITIES

The Spectrum Art Award
Deadline to apply: 31 July
The call for entries for the third Spectrum Art Award – the only National Art Award for autistic artists – is now open! The Spectrum Art Award is a unique celebration of the creative excellence of autistic artists, providing a vital bridge between the art world and these artists. It is open to all UK autistic adults (aged 18 and above) and for work in any medium. Five finalists will each win a cash award of £5,000 and an opportunity to have their work exhibited and advanced in its most suitable form. All five will also receive invaluable professional mentoring, curatorial and PR support.
Click here for further information and to apply. 

RESOURCES

The Barriers and Opportunities to Meaningful Collaboration across the Arts, Migration and Racial Justice Sectors
Commissioned by Counterpoints Arts in the aftermath of BLM, this new research was developed by poet and researcher Selina Nwulu. Through 19 interviews with a number of activists, artists and cultural practitioners, it explores how the cultural, migration and racial justice sectors navigate barriers and institutional power dynamics, with a view to recommending how intersectional and cross-sector collaboration might come about in our current climate.
Click here to read the full report. 

Autism in Museums
Autism in Museums seeks to raise awareness of accessibility issues for all those working in museums, galleries and cultural venues. The blog also features reviews and information about the resources being offered by institutions for autistic and SEND individuals. 
Click here to visit the blog. 

New Publications

BlackInk
BlackInk is a new incisive magazine focusing on Black arts, heritage and cultural politics. Rooted in the events of 2020, and the uncertainty of the opportunity to share physical space during Black History Month in October, BlackInk is a creative response bringing together a range of interconnected international voices from across the African and African Caribbean Diaspora and indigenous communities.
Find out more and purchase the magazine. 

SPECTRUM
Download a free e-book featuring the 2018 and 2020 Spectrum Art Awards, a celebration of the creative excellence of autistic artists. At 79 pages, it features artworks by each of the finalists and accompanying texts, including works and words by Paul Noble, Mark Willinger and Autograph's director Dr Mark Sealy. Sharif Persaud (who's first solo exhibition is at Autograph) was a finalist for the 2020 Award. 
Download the book here.

Images: from the Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail, The Dark Lioness exhibition at Autograph, London. Curated by Renée Mussai. 24 July - 28 October 2017. Photograph: Zoë Maxwell.