Photo: Sarah Williams
Zeitgeist Arts Projects was founded in 2012 by artists/curators Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley and is based in New Cross, London. They create support systems to enable artists to realise their creative potential, to continue to learn, exchange dialogue, develop networks and collaborate, framed around their wide ranging activities as well as exhibitions.
Their annual events programme
includes talks, seminars, art tours, peer critique, tutorials and workshops that encourage artists to learn from other artists, engage, thrive and raise their profiles. Guest artists for their programme have included: Graham Crowley
, Justin Hibbs
, Mark Titchner
, Susan Collis
, Phoebe Unwin
, Virginia Verran
, Freddie Robins
, Delaine Le Bas
and Transition Gallery
Their pioneering talk: The A-Z of Surviving as an Artist
has toured the country and is informed by Tilley and Davis' two different experiences of the art world. The talk has been hosted by galleries such as De La Warr Pavilion and FirstSite, the Whitstable Biennale and a host of artist organisations and universities across the country.
ZAP is also a membership body for artists. Member benefits include exhibition, networking and peer review opportunities; as well as discounts on professional development workshops, seminars, art tours and talks. See more here
As curators Tilley and Davis have curated a number of exhibitions of outstanding, new and established artists: No-one Lives in the Real World
at Standpoint Gallery (2015), Collectible (2012)
, Discernible (2013)
, The Zeitgeist Open, an annual open competition and The Distance Between (2014)
. These group shows are significant because they provide a snapshot of what critically engaged artists across the country are doing in their studios now.
Among the many artists Tilley and Davis have been privileged to curate are: Rose Wylie, Virginia Verran, David Kefford, Jeff Dennis, Wieland Payer, Annabel Dover, Debbie Lawson, Ben Coode-Adams, Cathy Lomax, Louisa Chambers, Tom Butler, Jake Clark, Harry Pye, Guy Allott, Freya Douglas Morris, Emily Speed, Gordon Shrigley, Iain Andrews and many more.
"Putting diversity and practice at its centre, Zeitgeist Arts Projects answers a real and growing need for artists to gain valuable support and guidance, an affordable education, to be a part of an active professional, artist-led group, the opportunity to exhibit and a sense that they belong to a 'community of practice'."
- Graham Crowley
, artist and former Professor of Painting at the RCA.
Rosalind Davis, Second Life, oil and thread on linen, 2015; Annabel Tilley, Legs from Old Masters, ink on paper, 2012.
is a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). She has exhibited nationally and internationally in a wide range of galleries and has had a number of solo shows in London: the Bruce Castle Museum (2013); John Jones Project Space; Julian Hartnoll Gallery (2009); The Residence Gallery (2007) and The Stephen Lawrence Centre. Selected group exhibitions have been at the Courtauld Institute; Standpoint Gallery; Transition Gallery; The Roundhouse; Phoenix Brighton; APT Gallery; the Lion and Lamb Gallery; The ING Discerning Eye; the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize and the UK Young Artists Event. Her work is held in a number of private collections and a public collection.
Davis lectures for universities, galleries and art organisations across the country including the Royal College of Art, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and ArtQuest. She teaches workshops across the country at all levels of education and is a mentor for Shape Arts, the largest deaf and disabled arts organisation in the UK. As a writer she has contributed to the Guardian
, a-n Magazine
and Jotta. As a creative consultant Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities and independants as well as corporations such as BBC4 and E4. She has also led art tours for South London Art Map and the Whitechapel Gallery. rosalinddavis.co.uk
makes drawings currently inspired by the history of English painting and museum collections. Shortlisted for The Jerwood Drawing Prize, she has exhibited widely including at fruehsorge contemporary drawing in Berlin; Transition Gallery, WW Gallery and C4RD in London; Oriel Davis in Wales; Towner, Eastbourne; Usher Museum, Lincoln; and Nottingham Castle. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Drawing Paper 7
Tilley co-founded Talk About The Work
, an artists' support programme run in Hastings 2006-09 and featuring artists like: Rose Wylie, Delaine Le Bas and Susan Collis.
Tilley had a career in the city before retraining in Fine Art Painting at The University of Brighton, graduating in 2003. She has an MA in Literature, lives in Hastings and works from a studio in New Cross, South London. Her work is held in several private collections in the UK and USA. She lectures on professional practice for artists at universities and arts organisations across the UK, has written for a-n Magazine
, and has contributed to the Guardian
ZAP are helped by our volunteers Ana Ruepp
, Helen Bermingham
, Lucy Cox
, John Myers
and John Richert
. Thanks to former ZAP assistants Anna Garrett, Holly Simpson and Lex Thomas.
Based at ASC in New Cross, ZAP's Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley host a studio space with 8 other artists: Estefania Araujo Bianchi
, Helen Bermingham
, Milena Michalski
, Michaela Nettell
, Shelley Rae
and Ana Ruepp