Dialogues 5 artists & MDP team, 2018 | Image: Mark Devereux Projects
  • Dialogues 5

Course Info

Dialogues 5 was an 8-month project providing tailored critique and mentoring for five visual artists. Selected from a national open call application process, Mark Devereux Projects worked with Shaun C Badham, Holly Davey, Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Hollie Miller and Amy & Oliver Thomas-Irvine across the duration of the project.


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Clayhill Arts

Clayhill Farm
Charlynch Lane
Bridgwater, TA5 2PH
Course programme

Dialogues 5 consisted of three core stages:

Creative retreat at Clayhill Arts, Somerset | June 2018
The five selected artists spent four days dissecting, questioning and enhancing their artist voices through critical conversation and collaborative learning led by the Mark Devereux Projects team.

Dialogues | June – December 2018
Following the retreat, each artist was carefully matched with specialist curatorial mentor actively working within the sector, receiving one 3-hour studio visit and one 1-hour Skype follow-up session. Curatorial mentors included; Fiona Bradley (Director, Fruitmarket Gallery), Katie Hickman (Curator, BALTIC), David Kefford & Sarah Evans (Aid & Abet), Claire Mander (Director, theCoLAB) and Nathaniel Pitt (Director, Division of Labour). The participating artists received ongoing critique, studio visits and mentoring from the Mark Devereux Projects team throughout the programme.

Dialogues 5 at The NewBridge Project: Gateshead | November 2018
The project culminated in a group exhibition at The NewBridge Project: Gateshead featuring new and experimental work by the  artists. Click here for further information…

Further Info

Dialogues 5 | Creative Retreat | Clayhill Arts | 21-25 June 2018

Each of the artists were briefed to prepare for a two-hour crit with the Mark Devereux Projects team and Dialogues 5 peer artists. The format of these crits was left open, encouraging each artist to present their work in a suitable manner for what they wanted to gain from the session. The crits ranged from digital presentations and roundtable discussions to site-responsive performances on site at Clayhill Arts.


Outside of the crits and structured sessions led by Mark Devereux Projects, the retreat offered valuable opportunities for further dialogue across a range of contexts. This included walks in Somerset, communal dinners and informal artist-led activities.

Clayhill Arts

Clayhill Arts is a new residential learning space for the creative industries, offering professional development courses in a retreat like environment, overlooking the Quantock Hills in Somerset.

It hosted the Dialogues 5 creative retreat providing excellent facilities, accommodation and workspaces for the numerous sessions.

For more information about Clayhill Arts visit clayhillarts.co.uk

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