2017: A Year in Review

2017 in Review

2017 has been our best yet, and we couldn’t have done it without you. For organisations, running open calls on Zealous has never been easier. We listened to your challenges and introduced a whole host of new functions so our platform works better for you. For creatives, we wanted you to spend less time on admin and more time creating art. That’s why we launched tailored recommendation e-mails: relevant opportunities delivered to your inbox, saving you hours trawling the web. Magic.

Here’s a look back at Zealous 2017…

Our community got bigger

Artwork by Rory Midhani

It’s been an exciting year for Zealous. We reached an amazing 14,000 users! From photography to fashion, graphic design to woodworking, Zealous is now home to even more incredibly talented people. Not to mention a whole heap of new organisations launching open calls on our platform. There’s never been a better time to join, update your portfolio or create an open call: you never know who you might discover.

And the fun doesn’t stop with the website. We also hit 50,000 followers on Facebook! Keep up-to-date with creative opportunities, competitions, inspiration and news. Give us a like.

We secured funding

Artwork by Filipa Guimarães

It is with great excitement to say… we’ve secured funding for Zealous!

It’s taken time for us to establish where to get our funding from. It needed to be in line with our values and allow us to grow our community organically. It also needed to protect the creative talents’ access to opportunities without the need to pay monthly fees.

This round of funding will allow us to scale our team and ambition, take us through far into next year and most importantly, allow us to become self-sustainable and grow our revenues. We’ll be able to serve more of you, better, and push further to make our world that little bit more creative.

The platform is evolving

We’ve spent 2017 listening to your challenges and adapting our platform so it works better for you. Whether you’re an organisation ready to run your latest open call or an artist looking for your next creative opportunity, Zealous is jam-packed with loads of exciting new features and functions to help you succeed.

From draft opportunities to multiple rounds, discover what’s new on Zealous.

Inspiring new clients

We’ve been fortunate to work with some incredible organisations this year, sourcing creative talent for jobs, projects, competitions, exhibitions and more!

Thanks to Cult House, Ugly Duck, Mall Galleries, Canary Wharf Group, Shape Arts, ArtsThread, London Contemporary, DP World, The Social Innovation Partnership, Batsford, British Library, Lambeth Council, IJAD, Sweat and Sound… the list goes on.

New or returning, we’d love to see you on Zealous next year.

Met you in person

What happens when you put 60+ creatives and organisations in one room?!

6 meetups. 2 venues. 17 panellists. 300 attendees. Thank you to everyone who attended and made such inspiring evenings possible. Covering such topics as the importance of creative collaboration to the future of exhibiting art, lessons were learned, people were met, collaborations were forged. View our past events

Published you in magasines

You guys make fantastic work, and it deserves to be seen!

That’s why we launched the ‘Meet Series’, a campaign to empower emerging artists by publishing their work in print. In total, Zealous partnered with 7 major publications, seeing 1800 submissions whittled down to 10 finalists by industry expert judges across 7 separate open calls. View published artists.

We championed creativity

Our CEO, Guy Armitage, has given some really exciting talks this year. From the power of creativity, to the future of technology, to the importance of diversity, he’s an ambassador for the values of Zealous and we can’t stop him shouting about it from the rooftops.

Most recently, Guy spoke at Computer Weekly’s Diversity in Technology event on the importance of diversity. See Talk.

About the author


Guy Armitage founded Zealous to simplify access to opportunities in the creative sector. He was voted Guardian’s Creative Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013, has discussed the world-changing potential of creativity at TED and in Forbes; and is a proud trustee of Firstsite (Colchester) and Arebyte (London). Prior to Zealous, Guy kept the London Stock Exchange open during the 7/7 bombings and founded a creative startup in Cairo. Contact Guy

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