Z-Crits

Current project Featured 2020

Z-Crits is a project that seeks to support artists during lock down by providing an online space for them to connect, share work and reflect on the challenges of working at the current time. The next date for Z-Crit has been announced as Friday 2 October. The deadline for registering is 12 noon on 23 September.

Peer Mentoring workshop at the ICA

Peer Mentoring workshop at the ICA

Key Dates

  • Call opens Friday 21 August
  • Deadline for registration: 12 noon – 23 September
  • Selected artists contacted: 25 September
  • Z-Crit 3: Friday 2 October (The crit will take place in the most popular time slot selected by applicants)
  • Register for Z-Crit 3 here

Hosted by Artquest and facilitated by Chloe Cooper, Elizabeth Murton and Sarah Rowles, Z-Crits will take the form 3 online crits. These are stand-alone, informal and quick-fire crits that will take place on Zoom.

Sessions will introduce artists to each other and their work, giving experience of online crits, with the aim of enabling you to run your own ongoing online-crit groups. They are not forums for detailed feedback on practice.

The next Z-Crit (Z-Crit 3) will take place on Friday 2 October in the most popular time slot selected by applicants and future sessions will be announced here.

How it works

Each Z-crit will include up to 18 participants with mix of practices and career stages. Artists from anywhere in the world can participate but up to half of the spaces will be reserved for artists based in London. Participants will be selected on a first come first served basis according to availability of the most popular time slots. Complete the online form to register your interest in participation.   

Session outline

Each session will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

  • Intro from facilitators – (10 minutes)
  • Participants present work for 3 minutes each to the whole group – (54 mins)
  • Tea break – (10 minutes)
  • 3 smaller breakout groups of 6 artists. Each gets 10 mins of feedback – (60 mins)
  • Breakout groups reconvene – evaluation, next steps and contact sharing – (10 mins)

Read the Z-Crit FAQs if you have any further questions about the project.

Facilitator Biogs

Chloe Cooper is an artist and educator. She makes performative workshops and instructional videos that splash about in the rocky waters of sexual politics, consumer relations and bodies at work. Chloe has recently exhibited and performed works at BIAS, A/Side-B/Side, London (2020); The Body Politic, Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2019); To whom the flesh / My flesh / Still connects me, The Poetry Society, London (2019); and 50 years of new society, nGbK, Berlin (2019). Chloe has been actively involved in peer support groups for over 12 years and runs peer mentoring workshops with Artquest as part of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries public programme. Her peer support group has been meeting online weekly since lockdown and she facilitated her first public crit online as part of 12ø’s 30works30days in April 2020.

Elizabeth Murton is an artist who is interested in the big questions, and what science and human experience can offer in how we approach them. Working across drawing, textiles and installation, she works with people and ideas, looking at the connections and exploring the gaps in understanding. Since graduating from Goldsmiths (2006), recent highlights include: Laboratory of Dark Matters with Dr Chamkaur Ghag (UCL) (2017) ; exploring complexity as part of Trellis, UCL (2019), Artist and The Machine, Barbican (2019). Murton was awarded a-n The Artists Information Company Re:View Bursary (2013) and Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Funding (2016) and has facilitated events, including peer crits since 2007 across the UK including at Griffin Gallery and Bow Arts.

Sarah Rowles is the Director of Q-Art , a publishing and events organisation that asks questions of and aims to break down the barriers to art education and the contemporary art world. She is also a lecturer in Fine Art Theory at the Arts University Bournemouth and is currently studying for an Ed D in higher education fine art at the Institute of Education, University College London. Sarah is the author of Q-Art’s ‘Art Crits: 20 Questions’ (2013), a publication and video that features interviews with UK art staff about their approaches to organising and facilitating crits. Through her work with Q-Art she has facilitated over 50 crits for artists of all backgrounds and has designed and facilitated numerous ‘speaking about art’ workshops for 14-15 year olds in partnership with The Sorrell Foundation and the Tate

Previous Z-Crits

Z-Crit 1 took place on Friday 12 June and was facilitated by Chloe Cooper, Elizabeth Murton and Sarah Rowles of Q-Art.

Z-Crit 2 took place on Friday 14 August and was facilitated by Elizabeth Murton and Sarah Rowles of Q-Art.

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