We run open crits from September-June across a variety of UK art colleges, museums and gallery spaces. Crits are open to artists of all backgrounds (current and prospective art students, graduates, self-taught artists) as well as anyone with an interest in art. They provide a diverse, open and constructive environment for artists to gain feedback on their practice and provide an opportunity for all involved to see and learn from a wider range of practice and perspectives. See our tabs below for more information about our crit programme and how you can get involved.

We have carried out research into best practices in the crit in our book and video Art Crits: 20 Questions. Take a look at one of these resources to help you gain the most out of the experience.

See our workshops page for information on the different types of crit we facilitate as well as our programme of workshops designed to introduce and help people navigate the crit process.   

What is a crit?

A crit is a model of learning used throughout art schools in the UK. It offers artists the opportunity to present work to an audience to get feedback on how their work is being interpreted and get tips for how they might take their work forward. The discussions that occur in crits are often the way that meaning is negotiated in an art work

What is distinctive about a Q-Art Open crit?

Q-Art Open crits are open to anyone. We do this deliberately to allow access to the way art is talked about in art schools. Q-Art crits provide an opportunity for artists at all stages to learn from one another and develop their practice in a supportive and constructive environment. Our crits are peer led, facilitated by our research in this area, and opportunities to present work are allocated on an all-inclusive, non-selective, first-come first-served basis.

Practical details

Q-Art Open crits are typically 3 hours long and give around 5 artists 25 minutes each to present work. Q-Art Crits are free to participants to attend but we welcome donations on the door to support our running costs.

How does an institution host an Open Crit?

If you work at an art school, museum, gallery or other art space and would like to host one of our Open Crits, please visit our workshops page to find out more. In this section you can also find out more about the other types of crits we run as well as information on our Introduction to the crit and talking about art workshops.

Tips for getting the most out of a crit

We have carried out research into best practices in the crit in our book and video Art Crits: 20 Questions. Here we interviewed art staff and industry professionals about different types of crit, common barriers people can face to talking about art, and asked them for tips to help people participate more confidently. Take a look at one of these resources to help you gain the most out of the experience.

Participant feedback

Check out the good things people have said about us:

“Open minded attitude, inclusive intellectual discussion that is accessible and humanised.” — Crit Participant April 2014

“I really enjoyed the crit last week. It was my first time attending and I felt very welcome.” — Crit Participant April 2014

“For me the Q-Art Crit was most useful because it took the mystery out of a group crit and the idea of presenting work in such a way doesn’t feel as daunting now. It was good to see that each artist had a different approach to presenting their work and with varied expectations from the experience. So I can see how a crit would be useful at any stage in the process of making art. One of the presenters mentioned that she had prepared questions in advance that she wanted to ask the audience. For others it was useful to simply practice standing in front of peers and talking about their work.” — Crit Participant April 2014

“I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity! I feel lucky to have a chance to showcase what I’m doing in such a venue, with an engaged audience. I’m a big advocate of what Q-Art do as I think it is invaluable. Thanks again, see you at the next crit.” — Crit presenter April 2014

“I wanted to say thanks to you and the team for being such a brilliant host. Q-Art kicks ass! I thought it was a great bunch of people. I am going through my notes/people’s comments from the crit and am smiling at them. It’s rewarding that people in the crit could have an experience with the work and that it provoked thoughts. It’s also important that I got some criticism. It is something to think about for myself. I guess what I’m trying to say is that Q-Art does an amazing job. And I cannot express how happy I am I took part in the discussion.” — Crit presenter June 2013

“Love Q-Art because of its egalitarian, non intimidating approach.” — Crit presenter Jan 2012″

“My favourite thing about the book is the way the advice comes across, it’s like when you go to your mum or best friend for their advice and encouragement, you feel supported and ready to take on the world and you know that you wouldn’t have got that from anyone else. The second great thing about the book is the variety of advice contained within it, the crit is broken down into its component parts and discussed in an accessible way. “
Student – Plymouth College of Art



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