Tree of souls, Carrie Stanley, 2022 | Image: courtesy of the artist
  • Dialogues

2022 Online Course Info

Dialogues 2022 is a 14-week programme of critical exchange, group workshops and one-to-one mentoring.


Start Date:

End Date:

Online (Zoom)

Practicing as an artist can often be a solitary experience – making work, developing ideas and not always knowing whether it is communicating what you aim for. Critique and conversations can be essential in the development of your practice. Dialogues will focus on nurturing your core ideas and ambitions, helping manifest these within the making of your work.

Dialogues is an online programme for artists that may be developing a new body of work, building a new project or working towards an exhibition or commission. Starting in April 2022, each artist will benefit from three group crits, two 1-hour one-to-one mentoring sessions and three group workshops. Experienced mentor and curator Mark Devereux will lead each session; offering tailored and critically engaged developmental support.

Previous iterations of Dialogues have received wide acclaim for the long-term developmental impacts on the participating artists’ practices and careers. Nine artists from the 2021 programme have continued meeting together each fortnight following the programme, with Mark leading crit sessions with the group once a month.

Course programme

21 April: Full group session – introductions to participating artists’ practices
28 April: Full group workshop: What is critical dialogue?
5 May: Group 1 crit session
12 May: Group 2 crit session
19 May: Group 3 crit session
23 May – 3 June: 1-hour one-to-one crits / support sessions
26 May: Full group workshop: Developing your artist voice
2 June: Group 1 crit session
9 June: Group 2 crit session
16 June: Group 3 crit session
23 June: Full group workshop: theme to be agreed with participants
27 June – 8 July: 1-hour one-to-one crits / support sessions
30 June: Group 1 crit session
7 July: Group 2 crit session
14 July: Group 3 crit session
21 July: Full Group session – conclusion & next steps

* All group crits and workshops will take place between 9:30am-12pm (including breaks)

Who Can Apply
  • We aim to establish a cohort that represents a diversity of cultural perspectives and artistic practices and welcome applications from a wide geographic spread;
  • We encourage applications from artists at various points within your career (including artists who may not have received formal art training), 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;
  • Taking place online (via Zoom) and avoiding national school holidays, we hope the course will be accessible to those artists that may have parental, caring or other commitments that would affect physical attendance;
  • We are looking for artists that display a commitment to furthering their practices and long-term careers;
  • Dialogues is open to artists working internationally, who are able to display a commitment to taking part in the programme and any implications surrounding time differences.

The full cost for the programme is £420, with payment options available to spread the cost of the workshops across 2-4 months. There is no charge to apply.

Artist Info

We are proud to be working with the following artists:

  • Antonia Beard
  • Siobhan Cooney
  • Holly James
  • Melissa Pierce Murray
  • Stevie Ronnie
  • Carrie Stanley
  • Diana Terry
  • Mike Thorpe
Applications & Contact Info

Application deadline: Sunday 13 March 2022, 5pm
Artists notified by: Friday 25 March 2022

The selection process will consider the quality of work, reason for participation and the potential impact Dialogues may have on your 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 2022 (up to 200 words)
    • information about the work / project / exhibition / commission etc you would like to focus on (up to 200 words)
    • a general statement about your work (up to 200 words)
  • Portfolio of recent works (PDF format, up to 5 pages, 10MB max)
  • Your current CV (2 pages max)
  • Your full name, location and link to website & social media channels
  • Information about any access requirements

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

Please send your application via WeTransfer to [email protected]. If you do not receive email notification of the receipt of your application within 48-hours please contact us.

Further Info

Group crits:

  • The first group workshop will discuss various approaches for you to consider when eliciting critique for your practice. This includes 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 4-6 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 groups will be mixed each round to ensure a variety of voices and opportunities;
  • The group crits will be recorded and shared with you shortly after via Vimeo. transcription service will be available for participants to follow live and read after each session.

One-to-one sessions:

  • The content of the two one-to-one sessions will be led by your requirements – this could include further critique of work, support building concepts, career development advice or 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 theme / content of the third group workshop will be facilitated in response to the requirements of the full group;
  • The group workshops will be recorded and shared with you shortly after via Vimeo. transcription service will be available for participants to follow live and read after each session.

“Dialogues is a skilfully designed and superbly delivered online programme by Mark Devereux Projects. It has been a richly personal and collective experience of critically engaged development and practice. Mark has mentored, guided and supported us with his extensive knowledge and invaluable insight and it has been a privilege and pleasure to work with him and engage with such a gifted group of artists. We will continue to reap the benefits of the programme’s dynamic and lasting impact and to pursue the exciting opportunities it has generated individually and collectively.”

[Steph Shipley, Dialogues, 2021]

“Dialogues provides a unique opportunity to come together with artists and mentors and get insightful feedback on your work, practice and goals. During Dialogues I was not only able to learn from the approach other artists were taking, but also package and present new work in crit style presentations and discussions. In doing this I was able to gain confidence and feedback on my chosen direction while tapping into the wisdom of artists at various stages of their journeys. Mark Devereux is at the helm of this hive mind and not only provides the structure and cadence, but also draws on decades of knowledge and experience to offer his commentary and advice in both group sessions and vital one to one sessions. Whether you’re just starting out, or you are an experienced artist, this course offers the perfect mix of and feedback, suggestions and encouragement in a communal format. Highly recommended!”

[Tom Lambert, Dialogues, 2021]

“Dialogues was a really significant experience for me which at first was about plugging a gap in my practice of which I was aware namely peer critique. But there has been so much more. MDP has provided such a rich source of information and discussion. I have grown in confidence about my work and felt encouraged and challenged to explore and develop new pathways and directions. The variety of practices amongst the artists has been fascinating and hugely valuable. The group selected by Mark has been wonderful to work with and hugely supportive of each other. I think we’ve learnt a lot from each other. Mark has balanced the pace and depth of discussion sensitively and thoughtfully and provided a safe environment for really important discussions to take place and develop over the weeks. Brilliant!”

[Deirdre Porter Hanson, Dialogues, 2021]

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