Dialogues 2022 is a 14-week programme of critical exchange, group workshops and one-to-one mentoring.
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.
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)
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.
We are proud to be working with the following artists:
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:
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.
“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]