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Rosalind Davis – Surviving and Thriving as an Artist

Monday 3rd February| 4.30pm

Surviving and Thriving as an Artist

• Representing yourself & raising your profile

• Galleries and the Art World

• Insights into Curating and tips on how to curate/develop your own exhibitions or projects.

• How to maximize an exhibitions success, build relationships and new audiences for your work such as curators/ critics and potential collectors of your work.

• Tips for generating your own opportunities as an artist.

• Opportunities: where to source them and how best to apply for them.

• Working collaboratively.

• Portfolio careers.

There are no prescribed or straightforward career paths for an artist and there are no golden tickets. This talk is about giving you the tools, to empower and encourage you to be inventive and entrepreneurial in your career as well as with your art to make thriving as an artist a more tangible and realistic possibility.


Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). As an artist Davis has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had a number of solo shows in London: no format gallery (2017) 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; Griffin Gallery, Arthouse1, Standpoint Gallery, Transition Gallery; The Roundhouse; Phoenix Brighton; APT Gallery; the Lion and Lamb Gallery; The ING Discerning Eye; the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections including Soho House. In 2018 Davis has a solo show at Sevenoaks Visual Art Forum Gallery, a two person show with Justin Hibbs at no format gallery, and group exhibitions: New Relics at Thameside Gallery curated by Tim Ellis and Kate Terry and Whispering Colour at Bo Lee Gallery.

When Davis graduated, whilst exhibiting and selling work in galleries she worked for a textile design agency and ran a small fashion and accessories line which she closed in 2010 to concentrate on her fine art practice, teaching and running arts organisations; Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012- current) and Core Gallery 2009-11, based in London. In 2016 Davis was appointed permanent Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery, a dynamic gallery in a law firm and her first exhibition there was reviewed as a ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated’ (Art Top 10 Review) and is now curating her seventh show there to critical acclaim. Previous co-curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Arthouse1, Geddes Gallery and with ZAP at Bond House Gallery (ASC). In total she has now curated 29 exhibitions since 2009.

Davis is co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which is internationally distributed across the world and has written a number of articles for a-n and other arts publications. She lectures at universities, galleries and organisations across the country including the RCA, ICA, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and for Artquest. She was also an Ambassador and curatorial mentor for UK Young Artists. (2016) and is a mentor for a-n as well as working independently with individual creatives on helping their careers. As a marketing consultant she has worked for organisations such as E4 and the Olympic Park.

And she still makes art.

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

3rd February

admission: FREE

This event is free and open to the public but seating is limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.