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Artist Professional Development

Mark Devereux Projects provides professional development mentoring and advice sessions for artists and artist-led organisations. Working closely with the artist to plan each session or programme of sessions, we ensure a tailored service of information, advice and support.

Professional development sessions could include (but not limited to):

  • portfolio critiques
  • strategic planning (including 1, 3 and 5 year plans)
  • funding and fundraising advice
  • financial management
  • identifying audiences, commissioners and opportunities
  • making exhibition, commission or residency applications
  • developing marketing plans
  • writing an artist statement, biography and cv
  • project management
  • devising, curating and delivering exhibitions programmes
  • designing and publishing artist books

The length of your session can be tailored to your requirements. Previously we have led individual 1-hour & 3-hour sessions, along with a programme of multiple sessions over 6-12 months.


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.

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. If taking place outside of the centre of Manchester, travel expenses will apply in addition.

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


“Relevant, accessible and stuffed full of real lived advice. Thank you both for a great day…could be life changing!”

[Vicky Parker, participating artist for Writing a strong application, from start to submit with Creative Factory]

“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,]

“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,]

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