Founded by photography students Robert Maxted and John Scowen in 2006, the Zoom Arts group was conceived to challenge the anti-climax following graduation and the void left from years of exhilarating and intense academic study. Originally a photographic collective, the then Zoom group went on to attract new members, deciding in 2008 to open up membership to non-photographic artists to encourage diversity in the work the group produced. Along with a name change to the now Zoom Arts group, the collective thrived. Engaging in community events, the group began looking at ways it could support both local and national charities whilst inspiring an appreciation for the visual arts.
In 2016, with support from South Eastern Railways, the group secured a small but excellently located exhibition space in the vibrant Kings Road area of St Leonards which is freely available to members on a rota system. Currently, whilst maintaining ongoing practices, the group is actively seeking ways to move forward, maintaining momentum and broadening the positive impact its strives to have on the local community.