Figuring Out…

Making an Exhibition

Tuesday 21 & 28 June 2022, 6-8pm

With many galleries, artist-led spaces and institutions programming several years in advance, DIY exhibitions can be a significant opportunity to get your work seen. Led by independent curator and mentor, Mark Devereux, this online short course will look at the central aspects of creating a successful solo or group exhibition.

Starting with the idea and the artwork, we will look at the core milestones of creating your exhibition including: devising the concept, securing a venue, creating a communications strategy, curating the exhibition, facilitating events and evaluating its success. You will be encouraged to consider your own practice or curatorial interests via practical exercises, punctuated by case studies and information shared from Mark’s 15-year career.

“Mark helped nurture my practice and ambitions into an exciting exhibition, which showcased over 2-years of work. Mark’s curatorial knowledge, and ability to see the gaps and potential of my ideas really brought the show to life. Funny, blurry and everything hazy marked a very important point in my practice, and the support from Mark was imperative to that.” [Pippa Eason, artist,]

Designed for emerging / early-career visual artists and curators, this online short course will be delivered over two separate evenings in June to give you the tools and knowledge to start planning your next exhibition. In addition to the workshop we are pleased to offer participating artists a 10% discount on booking a one-to-one mentoring and advice session with Mark Devereux to support your exhibition planning. Please note: there are limited numbers of places available for these sessions and will be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

Making an Exhibition is part of our brand-new series of workshops and short courses, Figuring Out Taking place online and in-person, Mark Devereux Projects will take a deep dive into some of the most fundamental aspects of creating and sustaining an artist career.

We are proud to also introduce our new Pay It Forward ticket scheme, giving two new options to support artists from low income backgrounds. For further information please click here.

Course information

Tuesday 21 June 2022, 6-8pm
Planning your exhibition : This session will look at significant questions to help ensure you make the most of the opportunity. You will be encouraged to consider the exhibition theme/concept, what you want to achieve, who you want to reach, how to secure a venue and how to fund the exhibition.

Tuesday 28 June 2022, 6-8pm
Curating your exhibition : This session will focus on creating a strong visual identity for the promotion of the exhibition, curatorial approaches to consider when installing the exhibition, creating accompanying events and evaluating its success.

11 – 15 July 2022 *
Optional, 1-hour one-to-one mentoring and advice sessions : Receive tailored support, advice and help in building your own exhibition.

* Available as part of our course package below at a discounted rate.


We are committed to creating Safer, Braver Spaces for artists to share, learn and make. Each workshop will include regular breaks to rest and take time away from the screen. Please contact Mark directly at [email protected] if you would like to discuss any access needs in advance of this short course.

The short course will include live Zoom transcriptions. The sessions will also be recorded and shared via a password protected Vimeo video link for the course participants only. The video will be available to re-watch for 1-month.

You will be sent a Zoom link and password via the Eventbrite booking process.

* We are currently finalising our new Access Manifesto: Safer, Braver Spaces – please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Cost & Booking

GENERAL ticket: Short course only : £60
For those who are comfortably able to meet all their basic needs. This ticket gets you a place on both days of the short course.

PAY IT FORWARD ticket: Short course only : £78
For those who are comfortably able to meet all their basic needs and who would like to contribute to Mark Devereux Projects’ Pay it Forward Ticket scheme. This ticket gets you a place on both days of the short course.

LOW INCOME ticket: Short course only : £42
For those who have low income and find it difficult meeting their basic needs. This ticket gets you a place on both days of the short course.

GENERAL ticket: Short course + 1-hour one-to-one mentoring session : £120 *
For those who are comfortably able to meet all their basic needs. This ticket gets you a place on both days of the short course plus a 1-hour one-to-one mentoring session.

Book your place by clicking the Eventbrite logo below or copying and pasting the URL into your browser:

* including 10% discount

Further information

For further information please contact Mark at : [email protected]

Mark Devereux Projects (MDP) is an independent curatorial and artist development organisation. We specialise in supporting artists to flourish at pivotal moments in their careers.

We believe in artists. Our passion is to support practitioners in developing sustainable long-term practices and careers. We do this through creative collaborations and by providing tailored mentoring, professional development and critique, responsive to each artist’s individual needs.

Mark Devereux holds over 17-years’ experience within the art sector, specialising in artist professional development, curation, production and project management.

After practicing as an artist following his graduation from BA Photography and MA Fine Art at Staffordshire University, he found his passion and skills to be within facilitation and supporting artists. Between 2006 – 2012, Mark founded and directed Blank Media Collective and later BLANKSPACE Gallery in Manchester, swiftly establishing a reputation for unearthing exciting emerging talent.

In 2013 Mark established Mark Devereux Projects to support and nurture early-career talent. Since this time, he has collaborated with and supported hundreds of artists across the UK and Internationally. Mark has curated exhibitions, produced participatory events, and facilitated professional development programmes with a range of partners across the UK.

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Image: artist Pippa Eason installing work for Funny, blurry and everything hazy solo exhibition at PINK, Manchester, 2021. Curated by Mark Devereux Projects.