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DIY Educate delivers a series of high quality professional practice events, artists talks, tutorials and peer critiques for artists.
All memberships run to the end of 2012. regardless of when you sign up to the programme.
" ZAP is a lifeline! "
Zeitgeist Arts Projects was founded in 2012 by Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley to support ambitious artists with practical ways to sustain their practice.
Their annual programme addresses this through a series of events including talks, tutorials. practical workshops, 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. 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 2012, 2013, 2014, 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.
"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 How do you Survive as an artist? Read the resulting publication here.
' I learned what it means to be a professional artist nowadays: It is not enough to produce one's art - we need to write statements, applications, press-releases, organise (and usually pay for) the transport of work to and from exhibitions, keep our web-sites updated, maintain real and virtual networks, etc. etc. And of course everything has to be done really well. In that competitive wilderness your programme offers vital resources.'
'I am absolutely amazed at how effective your session was at making me take action.'
‘Thanks very much for the helpful and motivational talk’
' I learned what it means to be professional artist nowadays: It is not enough to produce one's art - we need to write statements, applications, press-releases, ,keep our web-sites updated, maintain real and virtual networks, etc. etc. And of course everything has to be done really well. In that competitive wilderness your DIY-programme offers vital resources.'