Online Course

Autumn 2021

Register you interest for Autograph's next online course

About the course

Autograph's popular online course PILOT (Platform for Independent Learning Online Together) will be running again for a second year. 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, are invited to express interest.

Read this conversation between the creators of PILOT, reflecting on the first year of the course, and this discussion about why alternative platforms for arts education are urgent now.

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Applications will open nearer to the course start date. Join our mailing list about the 2021 course, and we'll email you when applications are open.

The course will run over 12 weeks (28 hours total) and include talks from invited speakers, one-to-one mentoring, group presentations and discussion. Participants will be encouraged to respond creatively to the themes of rights, care and future, sharing their ideas and practices. PILOT will culminate in a public online sharing with a dedicated website.

PILOT aims to open a space of agency and hope. To find energy rather than despair, to diminish distance in times of social distancing, and a common space to flourish.

Interested in joining PILOT in 2021? Applications will open nearer to the course start date. You can register your interest now though, and we will email you when applications are open. 

For reference, fees for the course in 2020 were £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, all applicants will have the opportunity to get in touch with us about how we could make the course accessible to them.


Ali Eisa 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.

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Read Ali Eisa's recent article Rights, Visibility and Disability in Cultural Spaces on Discover Society's website

Watch Ali's interview with Sheryll Catto and Thompson Hall, discussing how Covid-19 has impacted artists with learning disabilities

Alberto Duman 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.

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Most recently, he has delivered in multiple sites and situations the workshop ‘Talking Ghosts: a collaborative hoarding novella’ in which participants write together whole scripts for new development hoardings in London. Since 2014 he is also working as part of the DIG Collective.

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Visit Alberto Duman's website

Watch an interview with Alberto, discussing his interest in artists’ methods of self-organisation and working within co-operative structures 


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

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:
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 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


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With special thanks to Jane Trowell, art educator, researcher and member of


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
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Images, from top: 1) Alberto Duman, Future Now in a While, 2020. 2) Ali Eisa and Alberto Duman. 3) Anna McIntyre, Digital Collage Featuring Portraits by Chris Miller, 2021. 4) Henrique Paris, Confluencia [still], 2020. 5) Hussina Raja, Look at Us [still], 2020.