Artist Mentoring & Professional Development

Mark Devereux Projects provides critique and professional development mentoring for artists and artist-led organisations throughout the UK. We work closely with you to plan each session or programme of sessions in advance to ensure a tailored service of information, advice and support.

Sessions could include (but not limited to):

  • critique of works in progress / recent works
  • identifying themes / key ideas within past works / projects
  • funding and fundraising advice / application writing
  • identifying audiences, commissioners and opportunities
  • making exhibition, commission or residency applications
  • writing about your work, including artist statements, biographies and CV’s
  • developing marketing plans and writing press releases
  • strategic planning, including 1, 3 and 5 year plans (half day session)
  • financial & budget management support
  • project management support
  • devising, curating and delivering exhibitions programmes

The length of your session can be tailored to your requirements. Previously we have led individual 1-hour & 3-hour sessions and programmes of multiple sessions over 6-12 months. Sessions can be booked at anytime during the year, with adequate notice given.


Retaining our tailored approach to working with artists, our fee structures for sessions aim to be affordable and responsive to each professional development need, the level of service and quantity of sessions. We also provide discounts for those without funding specifically for their professional development requirements.

If you are interested in including a professional development provision within a funding or project application please contact us in advance of submitting and we will aim to support your application.

Sessions can either take place at the artist’s studio, a private meeting space in Manchester city centre or via Skype. Travel expenses and time for travel may apply in addition.

For further information, to enquire about fees and to book a session, please contact us.


“I worked with Mark as a mentor during my year of support through a DYCP grant from Arts Council England. Through my sessions with Mark I was able to develop a much deeper understanding of my how the different strands of my practice practice are connected. I now feel more confident and able to think strategically about my career as an artist in terms of identifying the right opportunities, maintaining focus and networking within the art world. Mark is an exceptional listener and a highly skilled mentor with an in depth knowledge of artist development. He always seems to know the right question to ask to get to the heart of the issue and working with him has accelerated my artistic development in ways that would not have been possible without his support.”

[Stevie Ronnie,]

“In 2017/18 I undertook a series of one-to-one sessions with Mark Devereux Projects with an aim to develop my practice and gain a greater understanding of how to progress my work and develop a more professional profile. Mark’s honest opinion and lively questioning encouraged me to clarify and refine the way I think and write about my work. As a consequence I have a greater understanding of the direction I want my work to take, am working on larger more ambitious projects and have developed contacts and partners to develop future projects with.”

[Jo Clements,]

“My relationship with Mark Devereux Projects began in 2015, initially as a member of MDP Associates, then on the StudioBook artist development programme and latterly in a series of one-to-one mentoring sessions. From the start Mark and the team have offered a friendly, supportive and personal service which has underpinned much of my recent professional development. The one-to-one sessions provide a space to rigorously examine my practice as well as offering solid practical advice on project planning and fundraising. I highly recommend Mark Devereux Projects to artists at all stages of their careers.”

[Tabitha Moses,]