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Lunchtime Live: Zavier Ellis


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James Hicks
Dr James Hicks is an art historian, educator and podcaster. Originally from rural Virginia, Dr Hicks has enjoyed a career stretching from London to Paris, Abu Dhabi and Miami. In addition to working as an educator at Tate and the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Hicks has lectured at American universities such as Pepperdine and Syracuse and is the host of the Start Art History podcast. His research and teaching interests centre around British art/history and how artworks become valuable.

Zavier Ellis
Zavier Ellis is an international curator, artist and originator of multiple art-based initiatives. He was born in Windsor in the United Kingdom in 1973. He read History of Modern Art at Manchester University (1993-1996) before undertaking a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School (2003-2005). Zavier is founder and director of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, a curatorial gallery project that runs off-site exhibitions in diverse locations. He was also co-founder and co-curator of the museum scale exhibition for emerging artists THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, which between 2011 and 2014 was organised in partnership with Saatchi’s New Sensations. In response to recent global events Zavier launched the online work on paper initiative PROJECT PAPYROPHILIA during the first lockdown; and the Ukraine Support Pledge with Matthew Burrows MBE to raise funds by selling artwork for the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.
As well as curating exhibitions globally (including Berlin, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Klaipėda, London, Los Angeles, Naples and Rome), Ellis has exhibited widely including Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; Pera Museum, Istanbul; Saatchi Gallery, London; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Klaipėda Culture Communication Centre, Klaipėda; Royal West Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; Paul Stolper, London; Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt; Raid Projects, Los Angeles; and ENIA Gallery, Pireas. His work is featured in notable collections including the seminal Sammlung Annette und Peter Nobel, Zurich and Beth Rudin DeWoody, West Palm Beach.
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