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Thriving and Surviving as an Artist – An Online Summer School

1 June - 22 June

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An event every week that begins at 00:00 on Monday and Friday, repeating until 22nd June

Inspiring, practical and entertaining.” 

“Invaluable…. A lifeline!”

Join us this June for an online summer school with Rosalind Davis and Justin Hibbs to help you with your creative career and map out Thriving and Surviving as an artist. 

There will be six workshop sessions, each lasting 2 hours, covering the topics: 

Representing yourself online (and offline) 

Articulating your practice 

Creative Collaborations

Money Matters

Exhibitions and Galleries

The Fine Art of Opportunity (including funding and setting up projects)

The sessions  on thriving and surviving will be delivered online every Monday and Friday throughout June and you can purchase all six sessions for a reduced price of £99 [below] or pick and choose the ones you want to attend and pay £20 per session.

We have also set up a payment plan, so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 4 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page. 

You can listen to Rosalind and Justin talking about the course in the recording we made with below:


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Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of The RCA and Chelsea College of Art.

Davis is co-author of What they didn’t teach you in art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which is internationally distributed and has written a number of articles for a-n and other arts publications.

As an artist Davis has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had a number of solo shows in London. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections. Since 2018-19 Davis has been working with artist Justin Hibbs on collaborative projects which they have shown at no format gallery, Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery and the Foundry Gallery.

Davis was appointed Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery in 2016 and has curated 30 exhibitions so far in her career. Her exhibitions at the Collyer Bristow Gallery have featured in The Times, City Magazine, a-n Reviews, The Londonist’s and FAD’s top exhibitions in London amongst others. Other co-curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Arthouse1 and Geddes Gallery. Davis co-directed arts organisations Zeitgeist Arts Projects (2012-15) at Bond House Gallery (ASC) and Core Gallery 2010-12. In both of these organizations she ran a number of curatorial projects and an artist education programme and art tours.

She lectures at universities, galleries and organisations across the country including the RCA, ICA, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and for Artquest. As an alumni of UK Young Artists, (first exhibiting as an artist in 2010) Davis has since been an Ambassador, curatorial mentor and part of the selection panels for UKYA and the Robert Walters UK Young Artist of the Year Award 2019. Davis has also been appointed a judge for Jacksons Painting Prize 2019. As a mentor she works regularly for Artquest, a-n, PLOP as well as independently.

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You can also find Rosalind on Twitter @rosalinddavis and on instagram @rosalindnldavis

Justin Hibbs studied at Central St. Martins, London (1991-94) He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally and has also curated a series of artist-led exhibitions. Solo shows include ‘Between Before and After’ at Arroniz Arte in Mexico City (2018), Alias_Re_Covered (2015) at Carroll / Fletcher; PARA/SITE (2013) and Secondary Modern (2010) at Christinger De Mayo gallery, Zurich, Switzerland; Altneuland (2007), Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland; Metroparadisiac (2006) and ‘I’ll Wait for you’ (2005) at the One in the Other Gallery, London.

Recent group exhibitions (2016) include Shapeshifters, Arthouse1 (London) Abstraction II Arroniz Gallery / Mexico, StrangeLands and Complicity, Collyer Bristow Gallery, Counterfitters, Geddes Gallery. London. Catalyst, Lubomirov Angus Hughes Gallery & Husk Gallery / London (2015) Pencil/Line/Eraser (2014), Carroll / Fletcher, London; Superstructures (2013), Arronitz Arte, Mexico City; Oh My Complex, Kunstverien Stuttgart, Germany; Temples to The Domestic, Clifford Chance, London; Lost Properties, Coleman Projects, London; Polemically Small, Torrence Art Museum, California (all 2012); and Dawnbreakers (2010), Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

As well as being a Course Director for the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Kensington and Chelsea College (2016-19), Hibbs has also been an invited guest lecturer & tutor at HE institutions such as; Royal Academy Schools, Chelsea School of Art, Bath Spa University, Ruskin School of Art, Morley College and Zeitgeist Arts Projects.

For more information visit:


You can also find Justin on Twitter @Justinjhibbs and on instagram @justinjhibbs


Monday 1st June – Representing yourself online (and offline) 11:00 – 13:00

“Social media has not just connected me with some amazing people, it has helped me to develop and build networks with artists, curators, galleries and arts professionals. Through social media I have been approached about selling my work, exhibitions, jobs as well as getting press and reviews of shows I have curated or been in. Importantly it has been a huge part of raising awareness and exposure of mine and other’s projects. Social media when you know what and how to do it is the easiest, leanest and most effective way to build your profile if approached in the right way!” – Rosalind Davis.

This talk will discuss wider marketing that an artist needs to be implementing in their careers to remain memorable in all the right ways!

Social media gives you a huge opportunity to create PR about your projects, events and work and to build relationships and is key to your strategy and survival! It has huge potential for any business, artist or creative entrepreneur.

Rosalind Davis will teach you how to use social media properly, innovatively, creatively and effectively; to make an impact and increase engagement with you and to connect you to other people in your field.

Davis will give you ideas, tips and techniques as well as things to avoid doing, to help you to transform the way you approach social media and start using it as an essential professional tool. There is also a focus on representing yourself offline too- at exhibitions, events etc.

Friday 5th – Articulating your practice 11:00 – 13:00

This session gives useful tips on developing your artist statement to create an engaging but comprehensive overview of your work. There will be some examples and creative ideas as well as advice on structure, layout, biographies and using different voices for different audiences. Your artist statement will be required for all sorts of opportunities including exhibiting, funding or residency applications and it is important to be able to engage people with the ideas behind your work on and offline in an informative and comprehensive way.

Monday 8th June – Creative Collaborations 11:00 – 13:00

In this session Justin will give an overview of how to develop and sustain a practice through a range of different collaborations and exhibition contexts. From working with other Artists to alternative exhibition spaces, such as; artist led and project spaces, curating your own projects, working with commercial galleries through to public institutions & museums. Justin will give examples of how these different collaborative relationships and exhibitions can be used as developmental opportunities to evolve your practice. This session will also reveal some of the everyday realities of working within different gallery contexts and debunk some of the myths associated with exhibiting your work.

Friday 12th June – Money Matters 11:00 – 13:00

This session will unravel some of the complexities of pricing and selling artworks; covering pricing strategies, finance tips, making and creating opportunities to work in the arts through private or public commissions. We will look at different platforms and how to identify appropriate contexts for selling your work, as well as some of the real-world practicalities of managing the financial aspects of your practice and dealing with clients and collectors.

Monday 15th June – Exhibitions and Galleries 11:00 – 13:00

This session will give you an overview of the different types of exhibition opportunities including open calls, where to source them and how best to apply for them. It will also look at how to maximize an exhibitions success once you have one, build relationships and new audiences for your work such as curators/ critics and potential collectors of your work; as well as offering insights and tips into Curating and how you can develop your own exhibitions or projects and how to approach curators.

The session will also cover the practical and philosophical aspects of sustaining an art career long term, working freelance and how to approach alternatives such as teaching and writing.

“I see exhibitions as a result of dialogues, where the curator functions in the ideal case as a Catalyst.”  Hans Ulrich Obrist

Friday 19th June – The Fine Art of Opportunity (including funding and setting up projects) 11:00 – 13:00

In this session we will be looking at

  • How to spot, seize, create and maximise opportunities to help springboard new possibilities and projects such as artist run initiatives as a result.
  • The different funding options available and ways to approach funding.
  • Building ways to collaborate with artists, arts professionals, funders and organisations to help you prosper collectively through shared resources, practices and ideas.

Monday 22nd June – Follow up Q&A hour 11:00 – 12:00

Also included is an hour long Q&A session in the final week. This is an opportunity to reflect on what has been discussed and consider any further thoughts and questions with Rosalind Davis and Justin Hibbs

Mentoring Sessions

Rosalind and Justin have made the rest of this week open to bookable 121 mentoring sessions. These are separate from the cost of the course and are designed to offer you some focused time to look at your current working practice and get tailored advice on how you might be able to develop with the skills you have, or where you might need to be looking to take yourself further. A great opportunity to further develop the learning and insights you have gained over the course of the summer school.

Click the link to find out more about the mentoring and to book your session: https://www.rosalinddavis.co.uk/mentoring

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