Zeitgeist Open 2012 is OPEN for Submissions

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Open submission exhibitions are a vital platform for new and emergent work. The ethos of The Zeitgeist Open is one of ideas not capital, reflecting knowledge and generosity.’
Graham Crowley, Painter

Introduction & ethos: We are delighted to announce the launch of a new open submission exhibition for all artists called: The Zeitgeist Open 2012, The exhibition is being organised and curated by Rosalind Davis & Annabel Tilley of Zeitgeist Arts Projects, based in South London. Davis founded the original Core Gallery Open 2010 & 2011

In recent years there have been a proliferation of Open competitions and so-called “opportunities” for artists. ‘One just feels like a number and a pound sign’, says Davis.
In developing The Zeitgeist Open, Davis and Tilley have looked anew at the ethos of the Open Submission experience in terms of how artists are treated, valued and supported before, during and after the event. And how it might be possible for ZAP to lead by example to create longer-term opportunities for the artists involved. As a result, at least 10 artists from The Zeitgeist Open will be selected for our next ZAP group exhibition: Discernible in Spring 2012.

Through their ambitious new project Davis and Tilley are determined to make the process of judging as fair and transparent as possible; to create long term opportunities for artists, and new networks for the artists who take part:

What is different about The Zeitgeist Open ?

1. There will be no pre-selection, all works will be seen by all the judges.
2. The work received will remain anonymous throughout the judging process
3. Our judges are artists, not art oligarchs or celebrities.
4. ZAP values all the artists we work with and continues to build relationships with them during and after shows.
5. At least 10 artists from The Zeitgeist Open will be selected for our next ZAP group exhibition: Discernible in Spring 2012
6. The ZAP philiosophy is about: Creating opportunities for ambitious artists,
creating new networks and bringing new audiences –curators, gallerists, collectors, the general public – to artists
7. Submission fees have been kept to an absolute minimum. £15 or £12 for
ZAP/DIY Educate Members to make it accessible as possible.

Judges: The 2012 judges are Alistair Gentry, artist, writer and cultural commentator. David Kefford, artist and co-founder of AID&ABET, Cambridge. Both are members of Market Project; ZAP artists & curators, Annabel Tilley and Rosalind Davis; and artist, Graham Crowley who will also be returning as a judge this year. Crowley has been working closely with the DIY Educate project since its inception at Core Gallery two years ago. (Biogs below)

The ZAP Judges were chosen for their achievements as artists as well as the ways in which they support and nurture other artists, and for the long term connections that can be made between them and the selected artists. Davis & Tilley said: We want ‘the measured judgment of practicing artists and curators. Individuals who are aware of fine art practice, painterly conventions, precedence, history, innovation, context and criticality.’

ZAP is run and curated by the estimable Rosalind Davis and Annabel Tilley with a huge amount discernment, energy & gusto.” Andrew Bracey

Zeitgeist Open Submission Exhibition 2012
Applications & Information to: zapopen2012@gmail.com
Or download the PDF HERE
Deadline: Midnight, GMT – Monday 24th September 2012
Entry Fee: £15 & £12 for DIY Educate Members
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 15th November, Preview 6-9pm
Exhibition continues: 16th November- 30th November. Open Thursday – Saturday 12-5pm
Exhibition Venue: Zeitgeist Arts Projects: ASC Studios, Goodwood Road, New Cross, London, SE14 6BL (tbc)

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