Exhibition opportunity for new & current MDP Associates

As part of our MDP Associates programme we invite submissions from current and new Associates, working across all mediums for a group exhibition to take place at &Model Gallery, Leeds in March 2016.

The call for submissions is thematically open – the only stipulation that we make is that the work must have been made within the last 12-months. Once the application deadline has closed, the panel will meet to select and curate the exhibition, including building a theme and concept inspired by the exhibiting artists works.

The exhibition will be selected and curated by:

  • Melissa Hinkin, Assistant Curator, Artes Mundi, Cardiff
  • Michelle Bowen, Development Director, Grand Union, Birmingham
  • &Model Gallery Directors (Derek Horton, James Chinneck & Chris Bloor)
  • Mark Devereux, Director of Mark Devereux Projects

Applications to MDP Associates open until:
28 January 2016 (midnight)

Deadline for submissions:
31 January 2016 (midnight)

“Exhibiting in the MDP Associates show, Looking at the reflection of reality gave me an opportunity to try out new work, leading to a new line of inquiry in my practice that is ongoing, over one year later. The support and encouragement given by Mark helped bring my work to larger audience and gave me a confidence boost from which I am still benefitting. Since then, I was invited to join the roster of represented artists and I’m working towards a big project this year.”

[Joe Hancock, artist represented by Mark Devereux Projects]

Application process

  • To apply for this exhibition opportunity you must be a current member of MDP Associates (£32 per year)
  • All applications must be made via our online form which is accessed through the MDP Associates login page providing the following information:
    • Artist statement
    • CV
    • Website link
    • Up to 5 images of works
  • The curatorial panel will then meet to select works for the exhibition and form the title and theme for the exhibition
  • All artists will be notified by 15 February and given feedback on their submission

Please note: there are no artist fees or expenses available for this exhibition.

Further information

MDP Associates is Mark Devereux Projects’ membership scheme, supporting early-mid career visual artists through a programme of events, opportunities and critical exchange. Working with artists, curators and industry professionals from around the country, MDP Associates encourages dialogue and support through both one-to-one and group sharing. For further information and to join MDP Associates visit: markdevereuxprojects.com/membership

Exhibition install: 9 – 15 March 2016
Exhibition launch: 16 March 2016, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues until: 27 March 2016
Exhibition deinstall: 28 – 29 March 2016

&Model Gallery
19 East Parade

For further information and questions about this opportunity please contact us.

Curatorial Selection Panel

Melissa Hinkin is Assistant Curator at Artes Mundi and has worked on Artes Mundi 5 and 6. She is currently working with the team to develop Artes Mundi 7. Hinkin is also a freelance producer and curator. She has recently supported ‘Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening A project by Doug Aitken’ at the Barbican in 2015 and helped produce ‘Influences Nail Salon’ in Johannesburg with the artist Phoebe Davies in conjunction with Artsadmin.

Michelle Bowen has worked across the visual arts for over 20 years, in both the public and private sector including Director, Oxford Gallery and posts at Crafts Council and Arts Council England. She is currently Director of UK Young Artists and works freelance, undertaking numerous contracts including coordinating the launch of British Art Show 7 in Nottingham, retail development for the heritage sector and business and market development for a range of cultural organisations. She has also worked with numerous artist led organisations including as Development Director of Primary, Nottingham where she initiated the New Midland Group with Backlit and Onethoresbystreet and recently Michelle has been working with Grand Union in Birmingham.

&Model is the curatorial collaboration of Chris Bloor, James Chinneck and Derek Horton, currently based in Leeds where they have exhibited over 200 artists from the UK, Europe and the USA in the last three years. Chris Bloor is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Most recently he has been collaborating with artist Nathaniel Mellors on several projects and exhibitions, including at SMART Project Space Amsterdam, the CoBrA Museum Amstelveen, Monitor Rome and the Hammer Museum Los Angeles. James Chinneck spent time living and working in the USA where he took part in the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and exhibited at at Joseph Gross Gallery, Tucson, Arizona and Sculpture Space, Utica, New York. His most recent work, Tueri Terram was shown at Tate Britain in 2014. Derek Horton worked on adventure playgrounds and community arts in the 1970s, then spent many years teaching. He co-founded the online magazines ‘/seconds’ with Peter Lewis in 2005 and ‘Soanyway’ with Lisa Stansbie in 2009. He has recently shown in the exhibition Sublime Transactions at the Armitt Museum, Ambleside (UK), with David Toop, Sir Peter Blake and others, and in projects in Birmingham, Sharjah and Nantes. He has contributed to several books, including recently, Marc Leger [ed.] The Idea of the Avant Garde – And What It Means Today (Manchester University Press), and Russell Marshall & Phil Sawdon [eds.] Drawing Ambiguity – Beside The Lines of Contemporary Art (IB Taurus). He is Visiting Professor of Contemporary Art at the School of Art, Birmingham City University.

Mark Devereux is Director and founder of Mark Devereux Projects in 2013. Prior to forming Mark Devereux Projects, Devereux was founder, director and curator of Blank Media Collective in Manchester, UK from 2006-2012. He has curated over 100 exhibitions, working with more than 250 artists nationally and internationally. Devereux has published 4 books and facilitated numerous events and professional development programmes for artists.

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