Future of Mark Devereux Projects
We recently received notification that Mark Devereux Projects were unsuccessful in our Arts Council England Emergency Grant application for non-NPO organisations. This has put the future of MDP at serious risk after losing all our work due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
I was never confident of receiving this funding and realise the assessors had/have an impossible task to determine who should be awarded grants and who shouldn’t.
A large percentage of the income we have lost has been the direct result of ACE closing their NLPG & DYCP programmes at the start of the outbreak. I feel and felt at the time this was a grave error – not only because of the impact it had on us but also of that on many artists and organisations I have spoken with. The months and months of work we and many other people put into developing projects and associated applications have been lost.
Our application for the ACE Emergency funding would have secured the immediate future of MDP. It would have also given capacity to provide approx. 100-hours of free one-to-one mentoring, advice and pastoral support for artists from across the UK. This is what hurts the most.
Like many organisations our size, we operate on a knife edge. All our funding and income is used to support artists and make projects happen. We have extremely limited reserves to fall back on and whilst we do not have a physical space to pay rent etc on, we still have other overheads. This will only last a finite time before we then have to consider closing the company.
If there is anyone who feels they can help at this hugely difficult time we would love to hear from you. Whether you have a budget for mentoring/critique/artist development / would like to commission us to lead a workshop / are able to offer us support in any other way please email me at [email protected]
Thank you to all our artists, supporters, partners and collaborators for your ongoing support and belief in what we do. Special thanks to Liz and Jack Welsh for all your hard work at this difficult time. We cross our fingers…
Director, Mark Devereux Projects