Open, cross-college, & cross-discipline crits (hosted by art colleges, art spaces, museums and galleries)

Talking about and discussing their own and other’s work in a crit is central an artists development. We facilitate three types of crit: open, cross-college, and cross-discipline. Each model is summarised below:

Q-Art Open Crit (hosted by art colleges, art spaces museums and galleries)

Host one of our open crits as part of your institution’s public programme. These crits are open to artists of all backgrounds and all those with an interest in art from across your city or region.

The crit will last on average two and a half to three hours. Five or six artists (/students) each present work and gain feedback from the attending audience. We encourage a broad range of students and artists to attend and take part in the discussion – from school, FE, and HE students, to graduates, self-taught and established artists, and all those in the local community with an interest in art. A Q-Art open crit provides an outreach opportunity for your institution..

If required we can begin the event with an Introduction to the Crit and Talking about Art talk or workshop.

Q-Art Open Crits previously held at: Central Saint Martins, Leeds College of Art, University of Salford, Manchester School of Art, Chelsea College of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Camberwell College of Art, Nottingham Trent University, Wimbledon College of Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of Leeds, University of Westminster,Slade School of Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores, University of the Arts London, Royal College of Art, Whitechapel Gallery, Shape Arts, Nottingham Trent University, Bonington Gallery and more.

Q-Art Cross-College Crits (hosted by art colleges)

We can facilitate a crit as above but between students from your college and one or more other institution(s) in the local area.  The cross-college crit offers an opportunity for your students to see new work, hear fresh perspectives, and network with artists outside of their immediate course and peer group. A Q-Art impartial facilitator provides the opportunity for students to learn in a peer led, non-assessed environment.

Q-Art Cross-college crits previously held at: University of Salford, University of Leeds, Leeds College of Art, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester School of Art, University of Hertfordshire, University of Bedfordshire, Camberwell College of Art, Chelsea College of Art, Wimbledon College of Art and more.

Q-Art cross-discipline crits (hosted by art colleges)

We can facilitate a crit between different courses or subject areas within your institution, providing an opportunity for students to learn from another discipline and get fresh perspectives on their work. This crit is tailored to meet your requirements and the specific needs of the subject(s). We suggest a meeting (this can happen via Skype) with one or more members of staff from each course ahead of putting this event together.

Q-Art crits can be held at a location/venue of your choice and each is supported by our experienced facilitators and by our research into the crit in our book and video Art Crits: 20 Questions. To book a crit or for more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]





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