Contemporary Art Academy

Contemporary Art Academy is an online art educational initiative offering courses to practicing artists, co-founded by Zavier Ellis & Mathew Gibson.  


Contemporary Art Academy provides courses for artists at all stages in their careers. Our DEVELOPMENT (PG) courses are for artists who maintain a studio practice and want to advance their practical, critical and professional capabilities. DISCOVERY courses are for all artists looking to explore the creative process and develop new ways of making and thinking. INSTRUCTIONAL courses are for all artists wishing to learn or develop technical skills. Our TALKS PROGRAMME invites all artists and non-artists to attend a monthly conversation and Q&A with established artworld professionals.


8-week courses for practicing artists wishing to develop their work in a critically supportive environment.

Personal Practice (PG-1)

For artists wishing to develop their current practice in a discussion based environment. Completion unlocks CRITICAL CONTEXT (PG-2).

Critical Context (PG-2)

Enables artists to develop new work within a research context and write a new artist statement. Graduates access PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (PG-3).

Professional Practice (PG-3)

Artists develop their professional capacity towards a public online group exhibition.


6-week practical courses encouraging artists to explore and develop new ways of making and thinking. Open to all disciplines and artists at any stage of their career.

LATERAL FLOW with Liane Lang

Disrupt existing patterns and find new approaches to thinking and making.


6-week courses for artists with any level of experience to explore their creative potential and improve their technical skillset in an encouraging and supportive environment. 

Botanical Watercolour Painting with Andrew Carter

Supported by Winsor & Newton

Engage with the materials, processes and techniques necessary to make your own botanical paintings in watercolour.


Meet co-founders Zavier Ellis and Mathew Gibson, who will be on hand to answer questions on any aspect of our upcoming course offers and Contemporary Art Academy in general. 


Monthly talks where leading artists, curators, art critics, gallerists and collectors discuss their life in art, followed by a Q&A.

Tabish Khan

Thursday 19 Oct 19:00 BST