Contemporary Art Academy

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

Talks Programme

Contemporary Art Academy invites leading artists, curators, art critics, gallerists and collectors to discuss their life in art, followed by a Q&A.

Become a member to access these monthly conversations on Zoom. Membership is free for the first month then £1 per month thereafter.


Stephen Snoddy

Thursday 14 December 19:00 GMT 

Stephen Snoddy discusses his extraordinary career as an artist and Director of multiple art institutions including The New Art Gallery, Walsall; BALTIC Gateshead; MK G; Southampton City Art Gallery; and Cornerhouse, Manchester.


Sarah Maple

Thursday 16 November 19:00 GMT 

We talk to Sarah Maple about her success as an award-winning artist, and the key drivers in her practice including her mixed religious and cultural upbringing as a British-Punjabi.

Tabish Khan  

Thursday 19 October 19:00 BST 

Tabish Khan discusses his life and career as one of the most published art critics in London. Tabish has an insatiable appetite for exhibitions, visiting hundreds per year and reviewing for Londonist, Culture Whisper and FAD. Following Frieze week, we look forward to hearing Tabish’s thoughts on the 2023 edition.

Gavin Turk

Thursday 20 July 19:00 BST

As one of the most recognised artists in the UK, Gavin Turk elaborates on his life and career. Turk gained instant notoriety with his iconic postgraduate degree piece ‘Cave’ before becoming a celebrated artist during the YBA era. A star of the legendary exhibition Sensation  at Royal Academy of Arts, Turk is represented internationally including Ben Brown Fine Arts, London; Almine Rech, Paris; Maruani Mercier, Brussels; and Larsen Warner, Stockholm.  

Richard Dyer

Thursday 29 June 19:00 BST

Richard Dyer is an art critic, reviewer, poet, fiction writer, curator and a practicing artist. He is Editor in Chief of Third Text (Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture), has contributed to numerous publications and authored many monographs and exhibition catalogues.  

Kirsty Ogg

Thursday 25 May 19:00 BST

Kirsty Ogg talks curating, artist opportunities and education. Kirsty’s stellar career includes curating numerous high-profile, independent exhibitions; five years as Curator at Whitechapel Gallery; and ten years as Director of New Contemporaries. Kirsty currently teaches on the MFA Curating course at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Matthew Burrows MBE

Thursday 13 April 19:00 BST

Matthew Burrows discusses art, the environment, activism and Artist Support Pledge. Matthew is represented by Vigo Gallery and is founder of Artist Support Pledge, a global phenomenon established to support artists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stuart Semple

Wednesday 15 March 19:00 GMT

Stuart Semple talks to Zavier Ellis and Mathew Gibson about his career in art, a fascinating story featuring Uri Geller, Debbie Harry, Anish Kapoor and the Momart fire! Stuart is an artist, curator, and founder of both GIANT gallery and art materials brand Culture Hustle.