CPD Training Session

13 MAR 2020
1:30- 4:30PM

£6 / 5

About the event

A continuing professional development (CPD) training session, about creative play as a method for working with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

Led by artist educators Katriona Beales and Ali Eisa, you'll learn about the development and application of creative play methods in working with children and young people with SEND. Hands-on training in creative play activities will take place in Katriona's participatory installation As We Are But Not As You Know Us, including the use of green screen technology delivered through an iPad.

The session will end with reflection and group discussion on key benefits and challenges arising from creative play methods, and working with children with SEND.

This CPD session is best suited for Primary and Secondary school teachers; artist educators; arts professionals; Learning and Engagement teams in art, culture and heritage; and youth and community professionals.


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About Katriona Beales

Since Katriona received workshop leader training with Creative Partnerships in 2006, she has worked extensively as an artist educator and workshop leader.

She have a wealth of experience, particularly in working with SEND, KS4 and 5 students and excluded young people from pupil referral units. She was one of the Tate's Artist Workshop Leaders (2013-14), leading SEND workshops as well as primary and secondary school workshops in response to the collections at Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Read More

Katriona was the lead artist on South London Gallery’s Supersmashers project (2013-15) looking after children aged 6-12 years old in partnership with social services and carers. Other Clients include Frieze Foundation, SPACE, Bow Arts Trust, Dulwich Picture Gallery, CIM at the University of Warwick, Camberwell School of Art, Havering College, Birkbeck University, Tate Liverpool, Aspire Trust, Liverpool Art and Design Academy, the Bluecoat, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

She has developed and led Autograph's Family Workshops for Children with SEND since 2019.

Katriona's artwork has been exhibited internationally, most recently at the V&A and Science Gallery London (both 2018). Her interdisciplinary project Are we all addicts now? supported by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England, was shown at Furtherfield, London (2017). She received an MA from Chelsea College of Arts and have an artist profile on Rhizome.org. www.katrionabeales.com 

About Ali Eisa

Ali is one half of the Learning and Participation team at Autograph. He is an artist and educator, who has been working for Autograph since 2015.

His background includes social circus, community arts and youth work with organisations including South London Gallery, Hounslow Action on Youth and Albert & Friends Instant Circus. Ali is lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths and exhibits nationally and internationally as part of collaborative project Lloyd Corporation. Read More

He coordinates Autograph’s education programme, producing interactive workshops and events for a diverse audience to engage with Autograph’s exhibitions and photographic archive. He studied at Goldsmiths, University of London and graduated with BA Fine Art and MA Visual Sociology.

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Everyone is welcome at Autograph. You can expect a friendly and inclusive experience during your visit. Our building is accessible, with step-free access to all spaces. Accessible, unisex toilets are on all floors.

Click here to download Autograph's detailed Access Guide, with photographs of the building

This event will be seated, with some walking and standing during the hands-on activities. When you book a ticket, you can let us know of any access needs you may have for this event. 

Have any questions? We would love to hear from you, contact us at 020 7729 9200 or email info@autograph-abp.co.uk

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Please note that photography and/or filming may take place at this event. Images from this event may be used by Autograph and external press for marketing and promotional use, including: printed and online publicity, social media, press releases, or other use.


Part of the EXPLORERS project, delivered by Project Art Works, a three-year programme of art and conversation working with 12 national art organisations. The EXPLORERS programme is informed and led by neurodiverse communities, placing them at the heart of social, civic and cultural activity. Based in Hastings, Project Art Works is the UK’s leading artist led organisation working with children, young people and adults who have complex support needs.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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Banner image: From a Family Workshop for Children with SEND at Autograph, London.

Page images, from top: 1) From a Family Workshop for Children with SEND at Autograph, London. 2) Courtesy Submit to Love Studios / Headway East London. 3) Katriona Beales. 4) Ali Eisa. Photograph by Jailakon, 2018. 4) Entrance to Autograph. Photograph by Zoë Maxwell.