Ep.52: Rosalind Davis on being an artist, curator and catalyst

Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003).
As an artist, Rosalind works has exhibited nationally and internationally in a wide range of galleries and has had a number of solo shows in London: the Bruce Castle Museum (2013); John Jones Project Space; Julian Hartnoll Gallery (2009); The Residence Gallery (2007) and The Stephen Lawrence Centre.

‘Davis’ paintings cite and improvise on a high modern repertoire of architectural and design forms, adding stitched geometries and broad washes of translucent pigment to conjure a set of complex interior spaces…Entry Point, a steel and thread sculpture suspended in the stairwell, effortlessly achieves a harmony of materials, form and space that evokes approval of the modernist integration of art and life.’ David Gledhill, a-n reviews

Rosalind is the permanent Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery and has an expertise in the arts and creative sector. Her first exhibition at Collyer Bristow Gallery was Complicity which was reviewed by Art Top 10; ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated.’

Rosalind lectures for universities, galleries, and organizations across the country including the Royal College of Art, the ICA, Camden Arts Centre. The University of the Arts and ArtQuest and teaches specialist courses in social media marketing and arts management at UAL. Rosalind has also led art tours for the ICA (London and Boston), South London Art Map and the Whitechapel Gallery and contributed to BBC4’s Film ‘Tales of Winter. The Art of Snow and Ice.’ As a creative consultant she has worked for arts organizations, charities and independents as well as corporations such as BBC4 and E4 and is privileged to be selected to be an Ambassador and curatorial mentor for UK Young Artists.

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Key Takeaways

“Be the change you want to see in the world. Make space that is nurturing, curious and exciting … and be kind to each other”

  • In the beginning, Rosalind didn’t try to be an artist. She didn’t have the ambition to be because her father was an artist and she saw how difficult it was financially and she wanted a more stable life
  • She had to take her career in her hands if she wanted to have everything lined up after she finishes her school. She did research on galleries and curators who would like her kind of work. She sent out handwritten letters, she was very proactive, she didn’t believe that just because of RCA she would get a job. She had the first exhibition 1 year later in East London Resident Gallery
  • Rosalind is inspired by buildings and little, obscure things, like the back of the university building, like bricks and lines. She is very focused on architecture and that grabs her – doors, windows,
  • If you want to do what Rosalind does, be professional, proactive, do your own thing, build your network, understand groups you want to be part of, work hard and  say thank you for everything
  • Some artists never trained as artists and they are great. The idea of an art school is not that old, only 100 years old. Shall you do the Master’s degree? How about you find 10 artists for 1 year and pay them to tutor you? … It will be cheaper than a Master’s degree, and you can still supplement it with skills workshops

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Special thanks to Rosalind for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Rosalind Davis, used with permission

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