Promontory, Mike Thorpe, 2020 | Image: courtesy of the artist
  • StudioBook

2020 Online Course Info

Starting this September, StudioBook 2020 is a new eight-week short course for artists based around the UK, led by Mark Devereux Projects. Practical, discursive and tailored to every participant, each workshop will address key aspects of developing your creative practice.


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Online (Zoom)

Made up of twelve, 2-hour workshops and two, 1-hour one-to-one mentoring sessions, StudioBook 2020 will address the participating artists’ key questions and concerns; providing information, advice and guidance alongside open discussions and peer-to-peer sharing.

Marking the return of our successful StudioBook artist development programmes from 2015/16 & 2017, 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

Tuesday 8 September, 10am-12pm
Developing your artist voice
Working as an artist can be a solitary venture – this has been emphasised further through the impacts of lockdown. It is not always easy to recognise the core ideas you are communicating within your work when you are in the full throws of making in your studio. This workshop will support artists to start dissecting their work and practice, giving new techniques and approaches to ensure your intentions are fully realised.

Thursday 10 September, 10am-12pm
Choosing the right words (written)
How you write about your work is crucial – getting this right will ensure your ideas and intentions within your work flourish. This practical session will look at creative approaches to writing, encouraging you to ditch the ‘art bollocks’ and ensure your work is accessible to all. Led by writer, producer and MDP Director Jack Welsh.

Tuesday 15 September, 10am-12pm
Finding the right opportunity
Identifying the right opportunity is not always as easy as it sounds. As your career develops, opportunities will change and you will have the chance to be more selective. This workshop will give tools to help dissect and understand the opportunity you are offered and how it does or doesn’t relate to your practice ambitions. The session will also look at platforms to find or create the right opportunity and how you can increase your success rate.

Thursday 17 September, 10am-12pm
Making a strong application, from start to submit
The use of language and communicating your work / intentions can often be a stumbling block to the development of artists’ careers. This workshop will focus on skills, techniques and information to help participants write and submit exhibition, commission and funding applications. The session will offer information and advice on how to target your application and what to and not to include.

Tuesday 22 September, 10am-12pm
Funding and fundraising
Funding your project and creating the transition into earning money through your practice can be challenging. This workshop will look at the various funding avenues and options available to individual artists including: trusts, foundations, individual giving and sponsorship. The session will also introduce the various Arts Council England funding programmes and the new Let’s Create 10-year strategy.

Thursday 24 September, 10am-12pm
Arts Council England application process
As one of the core funders for individual artists, Arts Council England grants can unlock and create important developmental opportunities to help you take your practice and ideas to the next level. This workshop will take an in-depth look at the application process for National Lottery Projects Grants, dissecting the questions and starting to consider what you could include.

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October
One-to-one mentoring sessions
An opportunity for each artist to reflect on what they have learned so far, ask questions and share problems in a confidential 1-hour one-to-one mentoring session with Mark Devereux.

Tuesday 6 October, 10am-12pm
Choosing the right words (verbal)
Whether you have 2-minutes to introduce your work at a chance meeting or 1-hour to present your practice at a public talk, making the best first impression is key. Getting this right could be invaluable to securing opportunities, commissions and tendering for future projects. This participatory session will share practical exercises to give you the confidence to present your practice and its intricacies to your audiences, whilst allowing your personality to shine through.

Thursday 8 October, 10am-12pm
I’m here!
Promoting yourself and your work is not always the most natural thing to do for many artists. This workshop will look at different tools, techniques and outlets to increase the awareness of your practice in the best way for you. The workshop will look at how you can use social media, online marketing, press releases and communications strategies to promote your work, exhibition or performance. Led by artist and MDP Director Liz West.

Tuesday 13 October, 10am-12pm
Show me the Money!
Selling your work can be a core outlet for many artists and help fund future developments. This workshop will discuss pricing structures and various approaches to selling your work including: self-representation, art fairs, gallery representation and private commissions. The session will also consider the importance of negotiation within sales and offering collectors unique discounts or additional benefits.

Thursday 15 October, 10am-12pm
Public & private commissions
Pitching for and receiving a commission for new work can highlight new challenges within your practice. You may no longer be the sole decision-maker when designing and creating the work. This workshop will highlight the importance of managing relationships, budgets and expectations, whilst ensuring you retain your artist voice and intentions for your work. The session will discuss the processes of pitching, negotiating, collaborating and presenting your work and all the additional considerations you may need to make when creating work in the public realm. Led by artist and MDP Director Liz West.

Tuesday 20 October, 10am-12pm
Which Way Now? (Session 1)
At a time where many artists’ plans have been thrown out of the window and possible new routes are required due to the impacts of COVID-19 and social distancing, this workshop will give the tools and ideas to help plan your future steps. Using our specially designed strategic planning exercise for artists, each participant will be encouraged and supported to question their career direction and outline a new 1, 3 & 5 year plan.

Thursday 22 – Tuesday 27 October
One-to-one mentoring sessions
An opportunity for each artist to reflect on what they have learned throughout the course, ask questions and discuss their strategic planning in a confidential 1-hour one-to-one mentoring session with Mark Devereux.

Thursday 29 October, 10am-12pm
Which Way Now? (Session 2)
Continuation and conclusion of the strategic planning exercise following the first workshop. The session will also include a group discussion to talk about how each artist can take their next steps in their practice and career with the support of Mark Devereux Projects and the peer group.


The full cost for the programme is £380, with payment options available to spread the cost of the workshops across 1-3 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.

Artist Info

Our participating artists for this year’s course are:

Further Info

For further information about StudioBook 2020 please email Mark at [email protected]

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