Fading Between the Lines, Jemma Grundon, 2021 | Image: courtesy of the artist
  • Dialogues

2021 Online Course Info

During this unprecedented time of lockdowns and physical distancing, we are all lacking important social interaction and communication. Critique and conversations can be essential in the development of your practice and work. Dialogues {Online} is a 17-week programme of group workshops, peer-to-peer exchange and one-to-one practice development support for up to 12 artists led by Mark Devereux Projects.


Start Date:

End Date:

Online (Zoom)

Dialogues {Online} is aimed towards artists that may be developing a new body of work, building a new project or working towards an exhibition or commission. Focussing on the development of the artist’s core ideas and how they manifest their voice within the making of the work, each artist will benefit from three group crits, three 1-hour one-to-one mentoring sessions and three group workshops. Taking place online (via Zoom), Mark Devereux will lead each session; offering tailored and critically engaged developmental support.

We encourage applications from artists at various points within your career, working across any medium or methodology. We hope this will help stimulate dynamic conversations with one-another, encouraging sharing and a group support system that could continue on from the project in future months and years.

Marking the return of our successful Dialogues programme from 2018, we’ve made some changes to ensure our work is more accessible following the recent impacts of COVID-19. We’ve simplified the way we are operating and transferring this year’s programme to be produced completely online. We hope this will widen our reach to those artists that may have parental, caring or other work commitments that would affect physical attendance.

Course programme

2 March (10am-12pm): Full group session – introductions to participating artists’ practices
9 March (10am-12pm): Full group workshop: What is critical dialogue?
16 March (10am-12pm): Group 1 crit session
23 March (10am-12pm): Group 2 crit session
30 March (10am-12pm): Group 3 crit session
6 April (10am-12pm): Full group workshop: Developing your artist voice
12-16 April: 1-hour one-to-one crits / support sessions
20 April (10am-12pm): Group 1 crit session
27 April (10am-12pm): Group 2 crit session
4 May (10am-12pm): Group 3 crit session
11 May (10am-12pm): Full group workshop: theme to be agreed with participants
17-21 May: 1-hour one-to-one crits / support sessions
25 May (10am-12pm): Group 1 crit session
1 June (10am-12pm): Group 2 crit session
8 June (10am-12pm): Group 3 crit session
14-18 June: 1-hour one-to-one crits / support sessions
22 June (10am-12pm): Full Group session – conclusion & next steps


The full cost for the programme is £380, with payment options available to spread the cost of the workshops across 2-6 months. There is no charge to apply.

Artist Info

We are proud to be working with the following artists as part of this year’s course:

  • David Appleyard
  • Paulette Bansal
  • Nicholas Carn
  • Jemma Grundon
  • Tom Lambert
  • Carole McCourt
  • Askokkumar Mistry
  • Kelly M O’Brien
  • Deirdre Porter-Hanson
  • Steph Shipley
  • Katrien Van Liefferinge
  • Catriona Whiteford

Participating Artists

David Appleyard | www.davidappleyard.co.uk

Since establishing his artist practice in 2007, David Appleyard has developed an extensive portfolio of site- specific work across the UK. Using a wide variety of materials and processes (including timber, metal, glass, stone, resin, light & sound), he creates large-scale temporary and permanent artworks. His work is informed by the narrative and geography of each individual site, integrating time for community engagement and consultation.

Storytelling with objects and installations is at the heart of Appleyard’s artist practice. Myths, fables, superstitions and ideas about belief are woven into his work and help communicate aspects of our shared heritage. Often of a symbolic nature, project outcomes have included: sculpture, architectural interventions, time- based work and engagement activities with local communities.

He has extensive experience within public and private art commissioning, alongside working on several large-scale heritage projects. Notable recent works include a public art project – ‘Merthyr Has An Iron Heart’ for Merthyr Tydfil funded by Arts Council Wales (2017). Working with the local community, Appleyard developed a permanent sculpture referencing the events of the 1831 Merthyr Rising, which has received wide acclaim. Another pivotal point in his practice arrived in 2017 when he won the highly competitive MeetingPoint2 commission managed by Arts and Heritage. The resulting work was a temporary sound sculpture installed in the Grade II listed ice house. Other notable projects include: ‘Fair Winds and Following Seas’ (2019) for Natural Resources Wales’ and Never Eat Soggy Wheat,’ Normanby Hall,(2020) for 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.

Applications & Contact Info

Application deadline: Friday 12 February 2021, 5pm
Artists notified by: Friday 19 March 2021

We are looking for artists that display a commitment to furthering their practices and long-term careers. The selection process will consider the quality of work, reason for participation and the potential impact Dialogues {Online} might have on the artist’s respective practice and career trajectory.

To apply please send the following:

  • A short covering letter including;
    • a statement on why you would like to participate in Dialogues {Online} (up to 200 words)
    • information about the work / project / exhibition / commission etc you would like to focus the critique around (up to 200 words)
    • a general statement about your work (up to 200 words)
  • Your current CV (2 pages max)
  • Your full name, location and link to website / online hosting platform & social media channels
  • Information about any additional access requirements if applicable

Applications may be made via video or audio to support those unable to make their application in writing.

Further Info

Group crits:

  • The first group workshop will discuss various approaches for you to consider when eliciting critique for your practice: including sharing materials prior to / after sessions and how you may present your work. You will be encouraged to test these approaches in the following group crits;
  • You will share your work/project in a group crit once every 5-6 weeks
  • 4 artists will share work per session – 30mins each;
  • You will be encouraged to attend all group crit sessions (if available) and offer constructive criticism for your peers;
  • The group crits will be recorded and shared with you shortly after via Vimeo;
  • The groups will be mixed each round to ensure a variety of voices and opportunities;

One-to-one sessions:

  • The content of the three one-to-one sessions will be led by your requirements – this could include further critique of work, support building concepts, career development advice, pastoral support…;
  • Each one-to-one session will be 1-hour and booked in advance at a time to suit your other commitments;

Group workshops:

  • All artists will be encouraged to attend and participate in the group workshops;
  • The sessions will be recorded and shared shortly after via Vimeo;
  • The theme / content of the third group workshop will be facilitated in response to the requirements of the full group.

For further information and questions please email Mark at [email protected]

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