The eagerness of objects, Mary Wintour, 2014 | Image: courtesy of the artist

Looking at the reflection of reality

Looking at the reflection of reality was Mark Devereux Projects’ second annual associate members exhibition, showcasing the strength and diversity of our membership, currently comprising over 50 artists. The exhibition was open entry to all artists, working in any medium, who are members of MDP Associates. Each year, the changing panel is made up of artists, curators and writers invited to select artist’s work.


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Federation House

4th Floor Gallery
Federation Street/Balloon Street
Manchester, M4 2AH

The 2014 exhibition, Looking at the reflection of reality was been selected by Kitty Anderson (Curator, The Common Guild, Glasgow), Stuart Tulloch (Curator, Ikon, Birmingham), Derek Horton (Director and curator, &Model, Leeds) and Mark Devereux (Director, Mark Devereux Projects).

“I was delighted to be invited to join the selection panel for ‘Looking at the reflection of reality’, and really pleased with the quality of applications and the wide range of places and practices that were represented. After a day reviewing all of the entries, the panel chose a diverse collection of work with an unexpected emphasis on painting and drawing. The exhibition will include a variety pieces including small oil on card collages and large-scale watercolours alongside text-based drawings and a collection of fan art.” [Kitty Anderson, The Common Guild]

The selected artists were Rob Davies, Marco Giordano, Aylwin Greenwood-Lambert, Evi Grigoropoulou, Joe Hancock, Laura Napier and Mary Wintour. The theme of exhibition, Looking at the reflection of reality, challenges the notion of how we see and understand elements within our daily lives.

On the first day of the exhibition, we were delighted to welcome the team from Backlit, Nottingham (gallery and studios) to Federation House for a series of one-to-one mentoring and advice sessions as well as an evening talk. As part of the ongoing critical dialogue & talks programme, each member of the Backlit team was available to meet with artists during the day. Later in the day, Backlit director, Matthew Chesney’s presented a talk and discussion about ‘The role of the Artist Curator’.