Stevie Ronnie

We are working with artist and writer Stevie Ronnie to develop his new project Ways of Saying. Reflecting upon the diminishing use of dialects throughout England, this project will look at the unique and diverse ways in which we currently speak in different parts of England and how this forms a vital part of our cultural identity. It has been well established that these dialects of English are disappearing from use, with linguistic researchers predicting that they will have died out completely within the next 40-years. We anticipate this project will start in Spring 2023, concluding with a solo exhibition and accompanying events curated and produced by Mark Devereux Projects.

Artist Statement

At the heart of Stevie Ronnie’s practice is an intrinsic enquiry into language: its intricacies and its material possibilities. Stevie is interested in what cannot be said and what is lost in translation in the context of our changing world. His fragile, emotive and multi-sensory works are informed by research into the history of language, dialects, Braille, etymology, technology and poetics. Though his inherently interdisciplinary approach, Stevie blends diverse approaches from a range of artistic disciplines to conjure feelings of love, disappearance, (dis)connection, time, place and memory.


Stevie Ronnie is an artist and writer based in Northumberland. His works have been exhibited in the UK, Europe, Japan and USA. Stevie has successfully delivered three major publicly funded arts projects (Brass Book, Dear Angel and Arctica) and often produces work in collaboration with communities and other artists. He has held residencies at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Cove Park, North Light Arts and The Arctic Circle. Stevie’s artworks are held in several public and private collections, including the British Library and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. His moving image works combining poetry and film have screened internationally, attracting several awards. Twice long-listed in the National Poetry Competition, he has published five books of poetry, which have earned him a Northern Writers Award and a Jerwood/Arvon menteeship. Stevie is the recipient of two prestigious MacDowell fellowships in the US for his interdisciplinary works. In 2022 he joined MDP’s Dialogues programme and completed the correspondence course in painting at Turps Art School in London.

Selected Artworks