The exhibition included the launch of a specially commissioned work through the University of Salford Art Collection and Mark Devereux Projects as part of the StudioBook programme. Manchester-based artist Darren Nixon was awarded this commission to create a brand new work; The Awkward Ambassador, which then became part of the University’s Art Collection.
“Over the last 5 months Mark Devereux Projects has been proud to support and work with each of the 11 artists selected for the inaugural StudioBook programme. We have supported them with their artistic and career development over this period. Studiobook has proven to be a resounding success and we look forward to continuing our relationships with each of these fascinating artists and also hope to support further artists through StudioBook in years to come.” [Mark Devereux, Director Mark Devereux Projects]
Visitors had the opportunity to experience the huge variety of artists’ works in the expansive 2nd floor gallery space at ArtWork Atelier as well as talking to the artists about their experiences during the programme. On the first Saturday of the exhibition, each of the artists gave talks about their work during a free drop-in event.
“In terms of professional development, this has been the most valuable experience I have ever had. I have learnt more than I could have imagined I would, and have so much more confidence in moving forward. I have made links with significant professionals and also an essential artist network. I am sure I will use what I learnt long in to the future.” [Sophie Lee, artist]
StudioBook was an Arts Council England funded project and was produced and developed by Mark Devereux Projects. Participating artists within the programme were; Sarah Binless, Andrew Brooks, Jenny Cashmore, Valerie Driscoll, Sophie Lee, Dominic Mason, Tabitha Moses, Darren Nixon, Susie Olczak, Helen Stokes and Jacqueline Wylie. Special thanks go to the University of Salford Art Collection and Lindsay Taylor for providing the StudioBook commission, along with all the speakers and mentors that took part in the five-month programme.
StudioBook is an intensive artist development programme developed for early/mid-career practitioners working in any discipline within the visual arts. The five-month programme was developed in accordance to provide practitioners with tailored information, support and promotion. StudioBook offers a unique opportunity for artists to submerse themselves into furthering their career and practice development.