Photo: Sarah Williams
|"ZAP IS RUN AND CURATED BY THE ESTIMABLE ROSALIND DAVIS AND ANNABEL TILLEY, WITH A HUGE AMOUNT OF DISCERNMENT, ENERGY AND GUSTO." Andrew Bracey|
Zeitgeist Arts Projects was founded in 2012 by Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley to support ambitious artists with practical ways to sustain their practice. At the heart of the Zeitgeist philosophy are the questions: How do we survive as an artist? How do we develop and sustain a practice over the long term?
Their annual programme Show & Tell
is designed to address these questions, through a series of events including talks, seminars, art tours and exhibitions that encourage artists to develop networks, learn from other artists, engage, thrive and raise their profiles. Guest artists for their programme have included Mark Titchner
, Susan Collis
, Phoebe Unwin
, Virginia Verran
and Transition Gallery
Zeitgeist Arts Projects has emerged as a practical, vibrant, unpretentious yet critically engaged arts organisation: "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.
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 joys and struggles of sustaining an arts career. The talk has been hosted by galleries such as De La Warr Pavilion and FirstSite, the Whitstable Biennale and a host of artist organisations in London, Liverpool, Cardiff and Maidstone as well as Southampton Solent University, University of Chester and University of Hertfordshire. They have also instigated online Twitter debates surrounding this question of Survival as an Artist, including at The ICA for Artlicks' second birthday. Read the resulting publication here
As curators Tilley and Davis organise exhibitions of outstanding, new, promising, mid career and established artists: Collectible (2012)
, Discernible (2013)
and The Zeitgeist Open
, an annual open competition. These large group shows are significant because they provide a snapshot of what critically engaged artists across the country are doing in their studios now. Exhibiting artists are selected to bring attention and exposure to deserving talent and the shows result in an exciting cross-fertilisation of ideas and networks, gaining critical attention from wider public and art world audiences. ZAP also curate the annual Zeitgeist Summer Exhibition
and Share & Exchange event
which comprises of their wide-ranging artist membership and is open to all ZAP members.
"All the artists Tilley and Davis have curated share a vocabulary based on hard won expertise rather then bravura skill. Their work is true to itself, not dictated by fashion - leading rather than following. Their work is thoughtful even when it is explosive. It is emotional. It is not macho posturing."
- Ben Coode-Adams
"Flair, inspiring, can-do attitudes, elegantly curated exhibitions and an infectious will to support."
- Timothy Shepard
is a graduate from the Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). Davis has exhibited nationally and internationally in a number of commercial, public and artist-led spaces including CoExist, Phoenix Brighton and Art Gene. Davis recently had a solo show at Bruce Castle Museum and other recent exhibitions include Material Matters at the Courtauld Institute 2012- 2013. Solo shows include John Jones Project Space and Julian Hartnoll (2009); The Stephen Lawrence Centre (2008); and The Residence Gallery (2007). Recently she has been curated in group exhibitions by a number of artist-curators: Harry Pye; Jake Clark at the Lion and Lamb Gallery; Juan Bolivar for ArtKapsule; and Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins for Blackwater Polytechnic. She has been selected for group exhibitions: The Crash Open Salon (Charlie Dutton Gallery); The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition; the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize; The Ludlow Open; UK Young Artists Event; and The Salon Art Prize. In 2014 she will be exhibiting in a group show [Detail], touring from Bangkok to Transition Gallery in London as well as curating independent exhibitions at project spaces in London. Davis is also a curator, award-winning blogger, writer, lecturer and creative consultant and recently contributed to BBC4's Film Tales of Winter: The Art of Snow and Ice
. Davis lectures and take parts in panel discussions for a number of universities and organisations including the Royal College of Art, University of the Arts London, Aid & Abet and ArtQuest. Davis teaches mixed media workshops across all levels of education across the country and has been a mentor at Shape Arts, the largest deaf and disabled arts organisation in the UK. As a writer Davis has contributed to the Guardian
, a-n News and Magazine
. She has also led art tours for South London Art Map and the Whitechapel Gallery.
makes work inspired by the history of English painting. Shortlisted for The Jerwood Drawing Prize, she has exhibited widely including: Transition Gallery; WW Gallery; C4RD; The Salon Art Prize; Oriel Davis; Towner Art Gallery; and Fruehsorge Contemporary Drawing, Berlin. She has recently been included in projects curated by Harry Pye; and at Blackwater Polytechnic led by Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins. Tilley co-founded Talk About The Work in Hastings (2006-09), which featured artists: Rose Wylie, Delaine Le Bas and Susan Collis. Annabel Tilley trained in Fine Art Painting at The University of Brighton, 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, has written for a-n Magazine
and has contributed to the Guardian
ZAP are helped by our volunteers Helen Bermingham
and Abi Girling
Based at ASC in New Cross, ZAP's Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley host a studio space with 10 other artists
: Graham Crowley
, Roisin Fogarty
, Kate Murdoch
, Michaela Nettell
, Charley Peters
, Shelley Rae
, Katie Sims
, and Rachel Wilberforce
. Within this space there exist a cross-section of practices including: painting, drawing, film, installation and photography. The open plan space allows for a lively cross fertilisation of ideas as well as a support network of artists at all stages of their careers.
: Zeitgeist Arts Projects, ASC Studios, Bond House, London SE14 6BL | EMAIL