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. ZAP is a professional artist-led network as well as a membership organisation open to all. They offer artists valuable support, affordable arts education, opportunities to exhibit and the chance to be part of something special. 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 Graham Crowley, Justin Hibbs, Mark Titchner
, Susan Collis
, Phoebe Unwin
, Virginia Verran
, Freddie Robins, Delaine Le Bas 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 an artist, curator, writer, lecturer and creative consultant. As an artist her central concerns are transformation, space, process, material and surface. Informed by architecture, she works across painting, installation, drawing and photography. Davis is a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003) and has exhibited nationally and internationally in a wide range of commercial, public and artist-led spaces. Davis recently had a solo show at Bruce Castle Museum, a public museum in London and was also in the group exhibition Material Matters at the Courtauld Institute (2012-2013). Other solo shows have been at The Residence Gallery (2007); John Jones Project Space (2009); and Julian Hartnoll (2009). Recently she has been included in group exhibitions by a number of artist-curators: Juan Bolivar; Jake Clark at the Lion and Lamb Gallery; Harry Pye; Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins. She has also exhibited at Charlie Dutton’s Crash Open Salon; The Salon Art Prize; The ING Discerning Eye; the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize; and UK Young Artists event. Davis lectures and takes part in panel discussions for universities, galleries and art organisations across the country including the Royal College of Art, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts, Aid & Abet and ArtQuest. She teaches workshops across the country at all levels of education, is a private tutor and has been a mentor at 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. www.rosalinddavis.co.uk
makes drawings currently inspired by the history of English painting. Shortlisted for The Jerwood Drawing Prize, she has exhibited widely including at fruehsorge contemporary drawings in Berlin; Transition Gallery; WW Gallery; and C4RD in London; Oriel Davis in Wales; and Towner, Eastbourne. Tilley co-founded Talk About The Work, an artists' support programme run in Hastings from 2006-09 and featuring artists such as 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, has written for a-n Magazine
and has contributed to the Guardian
ZAP are helped by our volunteers Ana Ruepp
, Helen Bermingham
, Lex Thomas
and Anna Garrett
Based at ASC in New Cross, ZAP's Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley host a studio space with 10 other artists
: Helen Bermingham
, 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