About Zoom Arts Group.

History.

   Founded by photography students Robert Maxted and John Scowen in 2006, the Zoom Arts group was conceived to challenge the anti-climax following graduation and the void left from years of exhilarating and intense academic study. Originally a photographic collective, the then Zoom group went on to attract new members, deciding in 2008 to open up membership to non-photographic artists to encourage diversity in the work the group produced. Along with a name change to the now Zoom Arts group, the collective thrived. Engaging in community events, the group began looking at ways it could support both local and national charities whilst inspiring an appreciation for the visual arts. 

   In 2016, with support from South Eastern Railways, the group secured a small but excellently located exhibition space in the vibrant Kings Road area of St Leonards which is freely available to members on a rota system. Currently, whilst maintaining ongoing practices, the group is actively seeking ways to move forward, maintaining momentum and broadening the positive impact its strives to have on the local community.

Group Structure.

   Primarily, a self-funding, self-managing diverse collective of practices from vehemently creative people, this small charity is directed by a board of trustees who chair monthly meetings which are open for all members to contribute too. At the meetings, we manage group admin, work on the diary and generating new ideas. The activities of the group are financed through fundraising and from a small monthly membership fee which is the only fee collected by the group – exhibitions are included. 

Intentions.

   Zoom Arts works for the artist and the community. By providing spaces in busy, vibrant locations for members to exhibit their own work, either solo or as a collaboration, the group enables the member artist to benefit experientially whilst presenting an informal, approachable gateway for members of the public to access and engage with the visual arts. Offering inclusion in a peer group for sharing ideas, resources and supporting one another in the execution of any activity, Zoom Arts is welcoming to any person showing an interest in joining or supporting the group, encouraging a demographic diversity of members and an artistic diversity of working mediums, interests and levels. The members of the Zoom Arts group are passionate about supporting and promoting artistic intent.

Program.

   As a group, Zoom Arts strives for an exciting and varied range of opportunities. There is a constant rolling rota of members exhibiting at the Zoom Arts Gallery space at St Leonards Warrior Square Station as well as a rolling rota of members exhibiting in 3rd party venues around the town. The group holds two regular annual exhibitions at St Mary In The Castle. In spring, there is a set theme for work exhibited in this show and in late summer, the exhibition is open for members to showcase their best work. As well as exhibitions, members of the group are regularly present at community cause events, raising the profile of both the group and the cause being promoted. There is a passion amongst members to work together, disseminating good practice and strengthening the program of in-house workshops.

Membership Fees.

As with any group, there are membership fees and Zoom Arts is no exception, our membership fees are £5 a month. What you get for your £5 a month is free usage of the Zoom Art's gallery which also comes with £10 million public liability insurance, invite to exhibit at least two major collaborative exhibitions and much much more. We also help you promote your exhibitions/work through our contacts with the press and with our website and mailing list. There is also our comprehensive members FaceBook page where members can chat, be mentored and promote their work.

Zoom arts do not charge a commission to artists on sales and there are no other hidden fees. Members will have to pay for their own printing costs. So pop along to one of our monthly meetings to see what we are all about.