Current project Featured 2020 2021

Z-Crits are informal, fast-paced online crit sessions for artists. Registration for Z-Crits session 7 is now open.

Peer Mentoring workshop at the ICA

Peer Mentoring workshop at the ICA

Z-Crit 7

  • Deadline for Registration: Monday 18 October (12 noon)
  • Selected artists contacted: Wednesday 20 October
  • Session takes place:  Thursday 28 OR Friday 29 October
  • This is an online event hosted on Zoom.

Register for Z-Crit 7 here.

In a Z-Crit you will:

  • Meet new artists
  • Give and receive feedback on work
  • Learn more about online peer mentoring groups

Z-Crits give a taste of online peer mentoring. They are not forums for detailed or ongoing feedback.


  • Z-Crits are for practicing visual artists at all career stages, working in all mediums.
  • Around half of Z-Crit participants will be London-based.
  • You can register to take part from anywhere in the world. Z-Crits run in English.
  • You cannot take part in a Z-Crit if you are an art student.

Read more about our eligibility the project FAQs

How it works

Z-Crits take place online on Zoom. A session lasts around 2 hours and 30 minutes. Each includes up to 18 artists with a range of work and experience.

You will have the opportunity to present an image of your work to the group. You will then split into smaller breakout groups for feedback. We try to arrange these according to areas of interest.

Example timings

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

About our facilitators

Artquest developed Z-Crits in conversation with Chloe Cooper, Elizabeth Murton, and Sarah Rowles.

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 whose practice explores the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of the complicated and awe-inspiring world we live in – whether through religion, philosophy or science. Working across drawing, sculpture and installation, the work excavates alternative stories about knowledge assumptions, challenging us to ask questions and embrace positive change. 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. Elizabeth is also a curator at UH Arts, University of Hertfordshire.

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

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