Online crit / peer mentoring models

This article covers two approaches to running online crits. You can also read more detailed online crit case studies from artists perspectives in an article by 12ø collective and by artist Chloe Cooper. 

Z – Crits

Quick fire online crit model to introduce new participants to each other’s practices and the online crit process

  • Participants: 18 who sign up through an open call
  • Frequency: One off
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Platform: Zoom

Structure & timings  – See the Z-Crits page for detailed structure

Preparation, practicalities and processes – Download letter templates below for details

Ongoing crit model

More detailed feedback for an ongoing, regularly-meeting group of artists that already know each other to keep in touch and get feedback on work in progress

  • Participants: 10 -12 from existing networks
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Platform: Zoom

Structure & timings

  • 7.30 – 7.50: Informal catch-up (optional)
  • 7.50 – 8.00: Artist 1 presents
  • 8.00 – 8.20 Feedback to artist 1
  • 8.20 – 8.30 Artist 2 presents
  • 8.30 – 9.00 Feedback to artist 2

Practicalities and processes

  • 2 different artists present at each session
  • A different group member facilitates each month keeping time.
  • Participants raise their hand and wait to be called on by the facilitator before giving feedback


  • Presenting artists share material with the whole group at least one week before for the session
  • Emailed images/presentations should be no larger in total than 1MB. If that’s impossible send a link to/via googledoc, vimeo, or other online sharing platform
  • When presenters share their work they also share questions / or areas they want feedback on in advance

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