Autograph's new online course PILOT (Platform for Independent Learning Online Together), is based on collaborative learning and working together through issues of rights, care and future. This course and platform offers exchange, mentoring and development for artists in times of uncertainty.
The upheavals of the current moment present challenges and potentials. How are we dealing with experiences of exclusion, marginalisation and precariousness? How can we imagine new structures and futures for being together, learning and making? If not now, when?
Artists and creative practitioners at any stage of their career, or level of experience, were invited to apply. The course is limited to 16 places, in order to facilitate collaborative learning.
Read a discussion with the creators of PILOT about why alternative platforms for arts education are urgent now
Fees for this course are £100 / £80 concessions. We are aware that due to unjust economics, fees for this course might be a barrier for some people. If this is the case, get in touch with us to talk about how we could make the course accessible to you.
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Ali 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.
Alberto is an artist, university lecturer and independent researcher whose work is situated between art, urbanism and social practice. He is a Lecturer at Middlesex University and runs the BA/MA Fine Art and Social Practice with Loraine Leeson. 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 with the project Music for Masterplanning in Anna Minton’s MRes Course 'Reading the Neoliberal City'. The book from the project Regeneration Songs: Sounds of investment and loss from East London is now out on Repeater Press.
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. If you have any queries about whether this course would be suitable for you please contact Ali Eisa at email@example.com
How will the course be taught?
This is a live online course and we will be using 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:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 and themes.
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 resource with relevant texts, media and teaching materials presented throughout the course
• Public exposure for your practice through the PILOT website and Autograph's 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 Eisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
With special thanks to Jane Trowell, art educator, researcher and member of platformlondon.org
Images, from top: 1) Alberto Duman, Future Now in a While, 2020. 2) Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Untitled, 1985. Courtesy of Autograph. 3) Alberto Duman, Talking Ghosts, 2019. 4) Alberto Duman, Network Monitor, 2020. 5) Ali Eisa and Alberto Duman.