Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Artist, Educator, Facilitator
participatory workshops
Location: London, UK
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a visual artist, educator and participatory photography facilitator from Barcelona based in London. Questions regarding what defines our identities and the role the group plays in our search for belonging drives her... MORE
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Updated May 2022
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Below are a few recent projects for the time being.

As an educator, Alejandra works for a wide variety of institutions teaching photography courses and facilitating participatory workshops. She has extensive experience facilitating socially-engaged creative workshops for groups from diverse backgrounds, ranging in age, ethnicity, and needs. She collaborates regularly with art institutions and charities designing programmes that use art as a tool to connect people and develop self-confidence skills, and has a strong commitment to participatory arts as a platform for groups and individuals to thrive.

Since 2015, she leads a weekly photography group at the Helen Bamber Foundation for vulnerable adults from asylum seeking and refugee backgrounds. Together with this group she has curated events and exhibitions at the Migration Museum, Autograph Gallery and UCL. She is also regularly commissioned by Create Charity to run creative workshops for young and adult carers, older groups at risk of isolation, and groups struggling with mental health. With them she has ran over 300 socially-engaged projects in the UK. Other regular clients for whom she has designed and facilitated workshops include Photoworks, Alexandra Palace, WOW Foundation, The Photographer's Gallery, Spotlight Youth, Photoworks, Age UK, Mind Charity, Deptford Reach, Salusbury World and St George's Aquarium Ward, among others.

- Examples under construction -

In the meantime, please take a look at the projects below.

Thinking Differently - Project for college students. Commissioned by Autograph
The New Decade - Project for young adults. Commissioned by Alexandra Palace
Create Live - Project for young and adult carers during the pandemic. Commissioned by Create
Making My Mark - Project for young adults from refugee backgrounds. Commissioned by Photoworks + Community Action for Refugee and Asylum Seekers
Identity Art Kits - Project for adults experiencing homelessness. Commissioned by Autograph + Accumulate
In Focus - A programme of action research and photography activities for neurodiverse adults. Commissioned by Photoworks and Project Artworks

FotoNomads - Weekly photography workshops for adults from asylum seeking and refugee background. With the Helen Bamber Foundation
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Also by Alejandra Carles-Tolra —


WWB Photobook

Alejandra Carles-Tolra / Array

A 2021 Playlet

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

The light coming in

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

The Light Coming In

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Where We Belong

Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Fall In

Alejandra Carles-Tolra / Boston, MA

Saving Face

Alejandra Carles-Tolra / Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Bears

Alejandra Carles-Tolra / Providence, Rhode Island

A Place Like Home

Alejandra Carles-Tolra / MISSION HILL, BOSTON, MA
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