Speedy Crits offers time and space for artists to share work in development to a panel of peers. It is based on the Group Crits that are often run as part of Art Degree courses. The online format provides opportunites to artists who struggle to attend irl opportunities. It provides a safe and welcoming space by keeping the group small and participants being able to attend fully prepared. This takes some of the anxiety out of meeting new people. Participants can choose to keep their video camera's off and can communicate verbally through the mic or using text in the chat bar.
Providing a space and place online for artists to network also removes geographical barriers. Participants have mainly been from across the UK but we have also had international participants take part.
The 3 month pilot ran from June to August 2020 and a new programme of sessions is planned for later in the year.
Through the medium of Zoom, presenting artists share a digital folder of their work prior to the event. The panel are then able to give the work far more consideration than perhaps they would usually. This also allows for the hour long sessions to be focused and relevant.
Critical discourse can be an important and valuable part of the art process. Sharing knowledge, experience and ideas with other artists also helps develop potential connections and collaborations.
Speedy Crits was held twice a month on a Wednesday afternoon via Zoom.
Speedy Crits is currently supported by Artspace Coventry. Blog coming soon on the Artspace Coventry website.