PILOT is an online course for artists and creative people to pursue arts and learning differently, through issues of rights, care and future. Now in its third year, PILOT is an intergenerational learning space for collective exchange and individual mentoring, bringing together practitioners from different places and walks of life.
In these times of uncertainty, PILOT aims to give its participants the impulse to turn to what matters for them. As we deal with experiences of exclusion, marginalisation and precariousness, how can we imagine new structures and futures for being together, learning and making?
Through inspiring talks, in-depth dialogue with guest speakers and a supportive network, you will be able to develop creative projects and make lasting connections with others. PILOT is a space to see your practice differently, be supported to take a risk or make a change, and where everyone can equally and uniquely contribute to each other’s professional and personal development.
We believe that access to PILOT should not be determined by conventional career markers or unjust economics. We encourage applications from people at any stage in their career or level of experience and bursary places are available.
is a London-based artist and educator. He manages the Learning & Participation programme at Autograph, leading engagement projects exploring representation, identity and human rights for diverse groups including children and young people, students and community groups.
Ali is a Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London, and graduated from Goldsmiths with an MA in Visual Sociology in 2013 and a BA in Fine Art Practice in 2010. He is one half of Lloyd Corporation, a collaborative project with artist Sebastian Lloyd Rees, exhibiting nationally and internationally working in sculpture, installation, performance and text.
is an artist, Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University and independent researcher whose work is situated between art, urbanism and social practice. He has published papers, articles and artworks in books and journals, as well as publishing his own photographic books
In 2016 he was the Leverhulme Trust artist in residence at University of East London UEL, where he delivered the Music for Masterplanning project and subsequently co-edited the anthology Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from East London.
His current research-led practice is framed by 'Haunting the Future', a framework that recognises aesthetics, poetics and fiction as tools for social change and artistic work. As part of this, he has delivered several iterations of Talking Ghosts: a collaborative hoarding novella, a workshop in which participants write whole scripts together for the digital characters populating the architectural renderings seen in the development hoardings in London and elsewhere.
Dan Guthrie is an artist, researcher and writer whose practice often explores representations of Black Britishness, with an interest in examining how they manifest themselves in rural areas. In the last year, he has been a participant in East Bristol Contemporary’s Day School programme, a panel member for Stroud District Council’s review of streets, buildings, statues and monuments, and a part-time librarian.
His work has been shown at the Whitstable Biennale, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Focal Point Gallery, Obsidian Coast and the ICA, and he is an Associate Programmer for the upcoming edition of Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, having previously worked as a submission viewer for London Short Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival.
Grace Ndiritu is a British-Kenyan artist whose artworks are concerned with the transformation of our contemporary world. Works including The Ark: Center for Interdisciplinary Experimentation; COVERSLUT© fashion and economic project; and performance art series, Healing The Museum, have been shown around the world since 2012.
Recently, her debut short film Black Beauty has been selected for prestigious film festivals including 72nd Berlinale in the Forum Expanded section (2022) and 32nd FIDMarseille (2021). Ndiritu has been featured in Artforum, Art Review, TIME magazine, Phaidon’s The 21st Century Art Book, BOMB magazine, Art Monthly and Elephant magazine. Her work is housed in museum collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The British Council (London), LACMA (Los Angeles) and The Modern Art Museum (Warsaw). Her writing has been published in her critical theory book Dissent Without Modification (Bergen Kunsthall) in 2021; The Whitechapel Gallery in the Documents of Contemporary Art anthology series; Animal Shelter Journal, Semiotext(e) The MIT Press; Metropolis M; and The Oxford University Press.
Raju Rage is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. Born in Kenya, raised in London and living/working beyond, they explore the spaces and relationships between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. Their current interests are around sustainability, economies, care, and resistance.
They are a member of Collective Creativity arts collective and are a creative educator and independent scholar with an interest in radical pedagogy. Raju has a their story in activism, self and collective organised queer/ transgender/ people of colour movements and creative projects in London and beyond from which their politics and works draw on and from.
Raju has trained as a pastry chef and baker, worked in several community kitchens and been part of a baker’s collective.
Ama Josephine Budge is a British-Ghanaian speculative writer, artist, curator and pleasure activist whose praxis navigates intimate explorations of race, art, ecology and feminism, working to catalyse social justice, environmental evolutions and troublesomely queered identities.
Ama is the recipient of the 2020 Local, International and Planetary Fictions Fellowship with Curatorial Frame (Helsinki) and EVA International (Limerick), and will be researching the topic Pleasurable Ecologies – Formations of Care: Curation as Future-building. Ama is also a member of Queer Ecologies 2020 and initiator of the Apocalypse Reading Room project. Her visual art and written work have been commissioned, exhibited and published internationally including with Jupiter Artland, Casco Art Institute, the Architectural Review, the Feminist Review, Aperture, Whitechapel Gallery, Duke University Press and more.
The course will run over 11 weeks (37 hours in total) - from 5 October to 14 December 2022 - and includes talks from invited speakers, one-to-one mentoring, group presentations and discussion sessions.
During the course, participants will be encouraged to respond creatively to the themes of rights, care and future, as well as sharing their creative ideas and practices. Participants are welcome to define what these responses look like according to their own interests, but you can see examples from previous PILOT courses here.
At the end of the course there is an option for a public online sharing of participants' work through Autograph’s website and social media channels.
Fees for this course are £100. We encourage applications from people at any stage in their career or level of experience.
We are committed to making this course accessible to all, and we are offering 6 free bursary places to applicants for whom the course fees would be a barrier. To apply for a bursary, please follow the instructions on the course application form. If you have any queries about eligibility please contact email@example.com or join our Q&A session (see details below).
To apply, complete this short Google form:
Apply for the course
The final deadline for PILOT applications is Wednesday 14th September 2022 at 11pm (BST).
Unsuccessful applicants from former years are welcome to reapply. If you would like to discuss accessibility in the application process or on the course, or apply in a way that is more accessible for you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are also hosting a Q&A Session on Wednesday 31st August, 6 - 7pm (BST) where we will answer any queries about PILOT, the application process and the content of the course.
Register for the Q&A
What do you mean by artists and practitioners?
We use the words ‘artist’ and ‘practitioner’ as broad terms to include anyone who wishes to develop their creative practice, to return to it after some time or renew their belief into wanting to be one. The ethos of PILOT is to be open and inclusive for a diverse range of creative practitioners at any stage of their career. If you have any queries about whether this course would be suitable for you please contact email@example.com
How will the course be taught?
This is a live online course delivered via the video communication platform Zoom. What you will need is:
• A reliable internet connection
• To download the Zoom application
• A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC / laptop / iMac / MacBook), or a tablet / iPad if you don't have a computer
• Earphones / headphones / speakers
What do the different sessions involve?
PILOT has 3 modes of delivery:
1) Talks are delivered by invited speakers and course leaders to inform the three course themes with examples of leading practice, prompts, readings and essential references.
2) Tutorials are one-to-one sessions with course leaders lasting 45 minutes. These are mentoring opportunities for participants to discuss their creative responses and receive feedback as the course progresses.
3) Sharing sessions involve participants presenting their work / research / ideas to the wider group for feedback and discussion.
What do you mean by creative response?
We encourage participants to make 'creative responses' throughout the course. Because PILOT invites the widest range of practitioners, we are completely open towards what these creative responses might be. These are not limited to any specific medium or art form. They can be drawn from your existing practice or projects or your own challenges to them. Or they can be entirely new things you are making directly informed by PILOT’s sessions, themes and any discussions that arise.
How is PILOT made accessible for people?
• Zoom accessibility: every session will have live captions available to read on screen. Sessions are also recorded and made available to watch back in your own time.
• We aim to make the course as accessible as possible and are open to making changes to the structure and delivery style of the course to meet the needs of participants. If you have access needs and would like to discuss these more in advance of the course starting, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Is PILOT an accredited course?
No. PILOT is not an accredited course but the course will offer its participants:
• Our dedicated attention and personal advice for your practice development through mentoring
• All recordings of talks by invited speakers and our sharing sessions
• A shared library resource with relevant texts, media and teaching materials presented throughout the course
• Public exposure for your practice through Autograph's website and social media channels
• An awareness and positioning of your practice within the context of cultural production
• An opening into a new commonality with your peers
Have any more questions?
We’d love to hear from you, email Ali at email@example.com
“I guess I would say that I care deeply about education and I think this is one of the first experiences in my life of being in a genuine educational space, and that's kind of a sad statement as I'm 29 years old and I've been through a master's degree - but this is the most I've ever learnt, the best I've ever learnt.”
"I don't know what it is about PILOT that has made it so intimate and so special, but it really does feel like that to me. Maybe there's something about it feeling quite non-hierarchical in the way it's been structured and the way in which everyone is learning from each other. A sort of alternative space to learn. It's just been really nourishing at a time that's felt so stressful in lots of other ways, you know, between the pandemic, people's home life, work, everything. It's just been such a nourishing space that I look forward to being in every week and challenging at the same time."
“Thank you so much for putting this course together. I came for the art and I am having literally a therapy. I am a mom to a child with additional qualities and life is hard. I realise that there was a massive creative path I didn’t realise existed before and even if I had certain creative ideas, I didn’t dare explore them. So thank you for articulating this creative conversation in a new way for people like me to have light bulb moment after light bulb moment.”
Course tutors Ali Eisa and Alberto Duman reflect on building an alternative arts course in a pandemicRead
Participants of Autograph's artist course, PILOT, share their work in response to this theme
"Collaborative acts can foster connection across difference ... and challenge prevailing hierarchies"
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