MDP Project Space, Federation House, Manchester, 2015

Our Studio

Our Studio doors are open for artists across the UK to join Mark Devereux Projects’ new online creative community. Join likeminded artists in a safe online space to openly share and discuss the challenges of what it is to be a practicing artist, receiving professional guidance, information and one-to-one mentoring.

Our Studio is a rolling artist membership programme for artists to join at any point through the year. Led by experienced curator and mentor, Mark Devereux, you will have the space and time to ask those all-important questions that arise during your daily practice and check-in on your development through regular accountability sessions. Mark will share his extensive knowledge and experience to help support your practice and career development. 

We recognise that it is not always easy to be part of a creative community – whether that’s because you work from home, live in a remote area or have caring responsibilities. By hosting these sessions online, we aim to breakdown some of these barriers and encourage new lasting networks and relationships. Our Studio is underpinned by Mark Devereux Projects’ Safer, Braver Spaces manifesto – creating spaces for artists to share, learn and listen.

As an artist in Our Studio, you will become part of a dynamic, supportive network meeting new artists from different disciplines, backgrounds and geographic areas. Our Studio will include:

  • bi-monthly group accountability and advice sessions led by Mark Devereux
  • 1 x 1-hour one-to-one mentoring session per year (worth £75)
  • access to professional development resources & guidance documents
  • access to an online private community setting for regular dialogue & support
  • 15% discount on any other courses, workshops and mentoring offered by MDP

Our Studio will launch in May 2024. We currently offer two different date & time options for the bi-monthly accountability & advice sessions: 2nd Monday of the month (5:30-7pm) & 2nd Thursday of the month (9:30 – 11am).

Costs

Our Studio full 1-year cost: £150
Our Studio quarterly direct debit cost: £45

Who can join

Our Studio is open to any professional artist to join us – you don’t need any prior qualifications – all we ask is that you are dedicated to developing your creative practice and open to sharing as part of our creative community. We welcome artists from a wide range of disciplines and mediums spanning the visual arts.

We are keen to welcome all artists including those who identify as disabled, LGBTQIA+, from the Global Ethnic Majority and those that have not received formal arts training / education. All sessions will include live Zoom transcriptions.

For further information please read the FAQs below or contact us here.

Join Our Studio

Our Studio is an open rolling programme with no application process – simply complete the form below and we will get back to you shortly to confirm your membership, payment details and information about the next session.

Enquire / Book

The following information is used to ensure our work is accessible by all. This information is not shared and will not be used for any other purpose.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to apply to Our Studio?

    No. Our Studio is an open to all artist membership programme.

  • How many artists will be part of Our Studio?

    We don’t have a limit on the number of artists that can join.

  • How many artists will take part in the online sessions?

    We will limit all online sessions to a maximum of 12 artists. Once the number of Our Studio members goes over this, we will schedule further dates/times for online meetings to ensure everyone is given time within the session.

  • Will I be required to attend every session?

    No. We will have an online booking system for the sessions so you can let us know which you plan to attend.

  • When can I book the one-to-one mentoring session?

    You can book the 1-hour one-to-one mentoring session at any point during your year membership of Our Studio.

  • What can I discuss during the online sessions?

    Each artist will be given equal time to share questions, updates and ideas with the group. It will be an open forum to gain the support, advice or accountability you need to continue your practice development.

  • What can the one-to-one mentoring session cover?

    The one-to-one mentoring session is an opportunity for you to have a confidential, in-depth conversation with Mark Devereux about any area of your creative practice. This could include: critique of work, funding advice and professional development support. For further information about this please visit our Mentoring page.

  • Is there a specific focus on mediums?

    No – we welcome artists that make work in any medium or style within the widest interpretation of visual arts.

  • What do the costs cover?

    The cost for Our Studio covers the delivery of the online sessions and online content. It does not include any additional organisational overheads. We have tried to make Our Studio as affordable as possible to enable access by all.

  • How long is my membership?

    Membership to Our Studio is for 12-months, which can be paid in-full or quarterly instalments. Artists can renew their membership at the end of each year.

  • When will my membership start?

    The start of your membership will be from the date of the next online session.

  • When will my membership start if I join prior to the launch?

    If you take advantage of our special launch discount or join before May 2024, your membership to Our Studio will start on 2 May 2024.