Past contributors include
|SHOW & TELL: A dynamic programme of crits, tutorials and talks
: Susan Collis, Mark Titchner, Ceri Hand, Gordon Cheung, Graham Crowley, Virginia Verran, Clare Mitten, Sarah Williams (Jerwood), Cathy Lomax & Alli Sharma, Lucy Austin, Delaine Le Bas, Andrew Hewish (C4RD), Freddie Robins, Day + Gluckman, Rob Turner and Justin Hibbs.
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Sustaining A Practice Talks
"Invaluable" ... "A lifeline"
Zeitgeist Arts Projects have designed four exceptional professional practice talks to help artists, giving insight into the realities of a career as an artist and the tools we need to keep us going.
This talk is packed with vital information to help artists at any stage of their career understand how to market themselves, create networks, raise their profile and get their work seen. It covers everything from curators, collectors and the gallery system to studios, money, business cards, exhibitions, teaching, tweeting, newsletters, websites, portfolio careers and balancing it all.
We are delighted to be touring 'The A-Z of Surviving as an Artist Talk' to:
Liverpool Hope University
, Tuesday 25 November 2014
West Dean College
, 7-10 April 2015
4-day short course HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE AS AN ARTIST
West Dean College, The Edward James Foundation, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ
This intensive professional practice course offers everything you need to know to sustain or revitalise your practice from thinking about your own artistic identity, to being motivated to create DIY Exhibitions and Open Studio events, to designing a newsletter, initiating a Twitter debate and raising your profile to create new networks. Three key talks and two networking events are included as part of this comprehensive course but may be booked separately by others:
- The A - Z of surviving as an artist
- Articulating your practice: writing and talking about your work
- Bringing your work to the attention of others: exhibitions, residencies and proposals
More info here
Writing and talking about art work
|2. ARTICULATING YOUR PRACTICE|
: Insightful and useful tips on structuring and creating an engaging but comprehensive artist's statement including layout and content, biogs, using different voices for different audiences and best practice. As well as discussing wider ways to communicate through social media and newsletters and raise your profile.
|3. MAKING IT: EXHIBITIONS, RESIDENCIES & PROPOSALS|
Practical tips and good advice about different types of exhibitions and residencies and where to source them, how to write a funding, residency or exhibition proposal. How to curate your own exhibitions or open studios events, raise your profile and how to approach galleries/ curators and make new networks.
Essex Network of Artists' Studios: ZAP Perfect Proposals workshop and Networking event
Thursday 6 November, 3-8pm, firstsite
This free event is an opportunity to hear from Zeitgeist Art Projects about how to put together the perfect proposal for exhibitions, commissions and residencies, followed by an evening of ‘speed dating’ for artists which will enable you to identify potential collaborators.
More info and Book here
|4. RAISING YOUR PROFILE & CREATING NETWORKS|
Practical suggestions, examples and ways to raise your profile through good communication: advice about websites, using social media effectively, creating mailing lists, business cards, exhibition postcards and eye-catching newsletters and e-invites.
These talks run throughout the year, either at ZAP or at satellite sites. New Autumn dates to be announced. Please join our mailing list to stay updated. You can also book a one-to-one session in which we can cover any of this information for you. Please contact us for further information.
Tutorials with Graham Crowley & Justin Hibbs
These one hour tutorials are designed for you to get useful, insightful and constructive advice and input about your practice from a professional artist and are a chance to discuss wider queries such as artist statements and career options, etc.
Tutorials last 50-60 minutes and start from £50.
You can bring either physical works or photos / images on a laptop: both are equally useful.
"The tutorial has spurred me on and given me the motivation to push my work to another level."
Saturday 29 November: 1-2-1 Tutorials with Justin Hibbs
4 Tutorials available between 10am-3pm Book now
"It is seven years since I had a one-to-one crit, with someone who was prepared to look at my work and tell me, honestly, what they saw. And the connections, sparks, observations will nourish me for a long while yet. It was a liberating experience, the chance to say out-loud one's doubts and hopes, and to return to one's work feeling energised."
"One of the best things I have ever done for my practice - so helpful and inspiring."
"In equal measure challenging and encouraging - a brilliant combination. I found it productive and exactly what I needed at a point where I feel a bit unsure about where I want to go next with my work. It helped me clarify my ideas and contextualise my art."
"It was a hugely positive experience for me, to have my work appraised in such a spirit of honesty and generosity. There was a real encouragement to follow my concerns and the exchange opened up some very helpful suggestions in terms of taking the work forward. I'm really starting to feel involved again and excited about my practice"
4 x 5 Milestone Moments
4x5 is an innovative peer review for 4 artists to present 5 works and share current practices, challenges, influences and Milestone Moments. The event creates an open dialogue between artists and encourages network building, knowledge sharing, conversation and confidence building in an engaging and warm environment.
Please email us
if you would like to take part.
"The format of 4x5 makes it an excellent exercise in cutting to the chase, it makes you focus on the important stuff, your most fundamental ideas and key examples of your work that best illustrate your approach. It's a great way for artists to practice talking to a small live audience in a supportive setting. 4x5 is a great learning opportunity and a good way to test and improve your presentation skills."
"A really helpful and fascinating evening,I found it stimulating and rewarding to take part in."
"Stimulating discussions about engaging work"
The crit is open for all to attend, listen and contribute to. ZAP presenters and audience will both need to purchase a ticket for the event. If you would like to present please email us