Photo: Sarah Williams
Annabel and Rosalind have taken the decision to dissolve Zeitgeist Arts Projects as a partnership and will be pursuing independent freelance careers.
Our passion to create a supportive network and community of artists through our membership was at the heart of all that we did.
In the time that we have run ZAP we have had the opportunity to reinvent the art world for ourselves and many others as a place to share and exchange knowledge; of generosity, energy, criticality and enthusiasm. We are proud of what was achieved at ZAP, which was as a result of your collective engagement and support of our community and programme. We have been delighted to see how this has contributed to artistsí development, seeing our community grow, network and thrive. Thank you all so much, itís been a wonderful experience.
Rosalind is dedicated to continuing the legacy of ZAP independently and to the development of a new arts organisation and is in discussion with various partners about future educational and exhibition opportunities. Rosalind will also continue to organise Graham Crowley and Justin Hibbs Tutorials.
Annabel and Rosalind are available as individuals to give 1-2-1ís, or to commission for professional practice talks, tours and workshops etc., and are contactable through our websites:
The final ZAP Share & Exchange Event is planned
4 May 2016, 6.30-9pm
Bond House Gallery, ASC Studios, 20-32 Goodwood Road, New Cross SE14 6BL
Share and Exchange was a favoured event and represents the spirit of generosity of our community; a one-night exhibition and networking opportunity open to all. Every artist that wants to take part brings a piece of artwork and buys a raffle ticket for £5 to win another artistís work. The exhibition is hung by the artists, salon style. Works on paper and no larger than A3 please! It can be a print, drawing, photo etc. All welcome. Proceeds will go towards maintaining the ZAP website as part of an archive of the legacy of all the exhibitions and events we have organised.
Our book What they didn't teach you at art school
, published by Octopus Books will be launched in Autumn 2016.
Thank you again for your support, feedback and encouragement.
We would like to thank
All our friends and supporters and everyone who has visited our exhibitions and events.
The hundreds of talented artists who have exhibited with us, worked with us, taught for us, collaborated with and helped us.
Our ZAP members, who have been the backbone and heart of ZAP over the last 5 years.
Our wonderfully inspiring ZAP HQ Studio members.
, Justin Hibbs
and Freddie Robins
for exceptional tutorials and amazing support as well as the many artists, gallerists and curators who have given insightful and generous talks.
Our partners: ASC Studios
, Point + Line
and Goldsmiths University
, who have supported us so much with space, resources and brilliance.
Our funders who have supported us in the past: Fenton Arts Trust
, Lewisham Council
and all the artists who supported our programme through entering the Zeitgeist Open and attending our events.
All the fantastic selectors of the Zeitgeist Open over the last 4 years: Domo Baal
, Andrew Bick
, Juan Bolivar
, Susan Collis
, Graham Crowley
, Rebecca Geldard
, Alastair Gentry
and David Kefford
, who generously supported this important aspect of our programme and brought so many artists to the attention of others.
The dynamic Collyer Bristow Gallery
, for the opportunity to develop and curate the exhibition Complicity: Artifice & Illusion
The forward-thinking universities, organisations, companies and individuals who have commissioned our professional practice talks and tours!
The prestigious Octopus Books
for commissioning us to write What they didn't teach you at art school
, which will be published at the end of the year.
All the wonderful galleries who so kindly hosted our art tours and gave us inspiring insights into the exhibitions and galleries they run.
And finally - last but certainly not least - very grateful thanks to the exceptional Team Zappers for assisting the delivery of our programme over the years: Lucy Cox
, Lex Thomas
, Helen Bermingham
, Anna Garrett
and Holly Simpson
. The brilliant Michaela Nettell
for website wonders, Ana Ruepp
and John Richert
for genius graphics. John Myers
, Ben Coode-Adams
, Robin Davis
, Alex Gough
and Rich White
for enthusiastic drilling of the hardest walls known to man to help us install our exhibitions.
Zeitgeist Arts Projects
was founded in 2012 by artists/curators Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley.
From their base at London's ASC Studios, Davis and Tilley direct an innovative and dynamic artists' educational, membership and exhibition programme that encourages artists to realise their creative potential: expand their knowledge, develop networks and collaborate.
ZAP welcomes and supports artists at all stage of their careers - students, graduates, experienced artists and practitioners returning after career gaps.
ZAP's annual events programme
- Professional practice seminars/talks for artists on exhibitions, residencies, curation, marketing, writing proposals, artists' statements and raising your profile
- Tutorials with established artists Graham Crowley and Justin Hibbs
- 1-2-1 advice sessions and social media workshops
- Innovative networking events & peer critiques
- Regular and bespoke London gallery tours for artists, curators, universities and arts enthusiasts
- Creating online research sources for the creative community
ZAP events are designed to encourage artists to 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
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 talk has been hosted by galleries such as De La Warr Pavilion and FirstSite, the Whitstable Biennale and a host of artist organisations and universities across the country.
Tilley and Davis have recently been commissioned by Octopus Books to write a book called What they didn't teach you at art school
which will be sold in the UK, USA, Portugal and Spain.
ZAP is also a membership body creating exhibitions, opportunities and online showcases for members' work. Member benefits include exhibition, networking and peer review opportunities as well as discounts on professional development workshops, seminars, art tours and talks. See more here
. ZAP is non-hierarchical and open to all. We pride our membership on its great diversity, with artists at all stages of their careers from new graduates to established artists working across the country.
Since 2012 we have curated 13 exhibitions, exhibiting over 600 artists from across England as well as New Zealand, Spain, France and Ireland. These include: No-one Lives in the Real World
at Standpoint Gallery (2015), Collectible (2012)
, Discernible (2013)
, the annual Zeitgeist Open competition and The Distance Between (2014)
. These group shows are significant because they provide a snapshot of what new and established, critically engaged artists are doing in their studios now.
Among the many artists Tilley and Davis have been privileged to curate are: Rose Wylie, Virginia Verran, David Kefford, Jeff Dennis, Wieland Payer, Annabel Dover, Debbie Lawson, Ben Coode-Adams, Cathy Lomax, Louisa Chambers, Tom Butler, Jake Clark, Harry Pye, Guy Allott, Freya Douglas Morris, Emily Speed, Gordon Shrigley, Iain Andrews and many more.
"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.
Rosalind Davis, Second Life, oil and thread on linen, 2015; Annabel Tilley, Legs from Old Masters, ink on paper, 2012.
is an artist-curator and a graduate of the Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). As an artist Davis works within painting and installation, has exhibited nationally and internationally in a wide range of galleries and has had a number of solo shows in London: the Bruce Castle Museum (2013); John Jones Project Space; Julian Hartnoll Gallery (2009); The Residence Gallery (2007); and The Stephen Lawrence Centre. Selected group exhibitions have been at the Courtauld Institute; Standpoint Gallery; Transition Gallery; The Roundhouse; Phoenix Brighton; APT Gallery; the Lion and Lamb Gallery; The ING Discerning Eye; the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize; and the UK Young Artists event. Her work is held in a number of private collections and a public collection.
Davis has been appointed permanent curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery (begins October 2016). Her exhibition 'Complicity. Artifice and Illusion' was recently reviewed by Art Top 10
: "Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated."
Previous curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Geddes Gallery and with Zeitgeist Arts Projects at Bond House Gallery (ASC).
Davis has an expertise in the arts and creative sectors having managed and developed artist-led organisations Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-16) and Core Gallery (2009-11) in London. Through these she co-directed innovative and dynamic artists' educational, membership and exhibition programmes, building strategic partnerships and audiences across the country.
As a creative consultant Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities and independents as well as corporations such as BBC4 and E4.
Davis lectures for universities, galleries and arts organisations across the country including the Royal College of Art, the ICA, Camden Arts Centre, University of the Arts London and ArtQuest. She teaches creative workshops across the country as well as short courses in social media marketing and arts management at UAL.
Davis has led art tours for the ICA (London and Boston), South London Art Map and the Whitechapel Gallery and contributed to BBC4's 2013 film Tales of Winter. The Art of Snow and Ice
Davis has written for a variety of publications and is co-author of What they didn't teach you at art school
commissioned by Octopus Books which will be distributed internationally at the end of 2016.
Davis is also a UK Young Artists Ambassador, and will be part of the selection panel for the 2016 UKYA open call for artists. UK Young Artists
national festival takes place every two years and is the only British cross-arts festival that specifically focuses on artists aged 18-30.
makes drawings currently inspired by the history of English painting and museum collections. Shortlisted for The Jerwood Drawing Prize, she has exhibited widely including at fruehsorge contemporary drawing in Berlin; Transition Gallery, WW Gallery and C4RD in London; Oriel Davis in Wales; Towner, Eastbourne; Usher Museum, Lincoln; and Nottingham Castle. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Drawing Paper 7
Tilley co-founded Talk About The Work
, an artists' support programme run in Hastings 2006-09 and featuring artists like: 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 at universities and arts organisations across the UK, has written for a-n Magazine
, and has contributed to the Guardian
ZAP are helped by our volunteers Ana Ruepp
, Helen Bermingham
, Lucy Cox
, John Myers
and John Richert
. Thanks to former ZAP assistants Anna Garrett, Holly Simpson and Lex Thomas.
Based at ASC in New Cross, ZAP's Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley host a studio space with 8 other artists: Estefania Araujo Bianchi
, Helen Bermingham
, Milena Michalski
, Michaela Nettell
, Shelley Rae
and Ana Ruepp