Zeitgeist Arts Projects runs a development programme for artists at all stages in their career. This includes Show and Tell an annual programme of crits, tutorials and talks; Surviving As An Artist seminars; portfolio sessions; art tours and networking events. The aim of Zeitgeist Arts Projects is to support, encourage and nurture artists, create networks, survive, thrive and exchange.
|ZAP MEMBERSHIP SCHEME|
Artists Talks + Professional Practice Workshops + Art Tours + Tutorials + Advice Sessions + Peer Critique + Studio Visits for just £40 a year
|THE ZAP PROGRAMME|
A 12-month professional development course for 12 selected artists.
|SHOW & TELL|
Crits, tutorials & talks by artists and artist-independents.
"Zeitgeist Arts Projects answers a real and growing need. It provides a critical context in which practicing and emergent artists can gain valuable support and guidance - at a price that they can afford. This has come about because the state is no longer committed to mass higher education, particularly where the humanities and arts are concerned. The not-so-well-off are becoming excluded from HE. Those who choose to be artists are faced with a curious dilemma: a certificate in the form of a BA - cost £32-36,000 - or a subscription to ZAP, where they can get not only an affordable education when (and as) they need it, but be a part of an active professional, artist-led group, which can provide tutorial guidance and advice, the opportunity to exhibit and a sense that they belong to a 'community of practice'.
"People will no longer study Fine Art full-time. ZAP addresses the changing economic circumstances. The educational ethos is different - tutorials are driven by empathy which is of itself a generous and creative action. It doesn't rely upon the 'atelier system' of approval and disapproval. A system that breeds dependance and control.
"ZAP puts diversity and practice at its centre. ZAP acknowledges theory as an integral aspect of practice. ZAP embraces professionalism as a central aspect of contemporary practice; members have the opportunity to make, discourse, exhibit and curate. ZAP recognises the importance of skill and can also provide practical tuition."
Graham Crowley, artist and former Professor of Painting at the RCA