Mark Devereux Projects launched in 2013 with the group exhibition Means of Feedback in Manchester.
The origins of MDP can be traced back years earlier. After completing his training as an artist with his Fine Art MA at Staffordshire University in 2006, Mark found his true vocation was in the facilitation and support of artists. Over the next several years, Mark quickly established a reputation as a Manchester-based curator who unearthed and championed exciting new artistic talent.
In 2012 Mark collaborated with artist Liz West to plan, fundraise and curate her first solo exhibition Chroma in Manchester. Working together across an 18-month period, Chroma was an early milestone on Liz’s journey to becoming a successful artist. It was also a pivotal moment for Mark’s own curatorial practice, solidifying his desire to collaborate with artists to make, curate and install exhibitions and creative projects over a longer period.
After a period of research and consultation, Mark founded Mark Devereux Projects as a new independent model of working with artists outside of a commercial context. MDP provides artists with much-needed one-to-one guidance, curatorial expertise and new presentation opportunities that are responsive to the artist’s individual ambitions.
Since this time Mark’s insight, professionalism and meticulous commitment has helped many artists to achieve major milestones in their career. MDP has established a reputation for providing artists with supportive, knowledgeable and professional guidance and curatorial expertise. Recent artists that MDP has collaborated with include Nicola Ellis, David Ogle, David Bethell, Charlie Franklin, Pippa Eason, Tom Lambert, Kelly O’Brien & Lady Kitt.
MDP regularly works with organisations and artist-led across the UK and internationally, including Vane, Newcastle, UK; HOME, Manchester, UK; Standpoint Gallery, London, UK. You can see the full list here.
In 2021 MDP was awarded funding by Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants and Cheshire East Council’s Cultural Framework to undertake a period of organisational development ahead of our 10-year anniversary in 2023. This strategic work has included the launch of our new access manifesto, Safer, Braver Spaces, which has been developed in consultation with artist, researcher & drag king, Lady Kitt; and Freelance Creative Engagement Producer/Consultant, Bo Olawoye. Mark Devereux Projects is a Company Limited by Guarantee. We operate on grant income and income generated by our artistic activities.