Main Image: Artist development programme for socially engaged practitioners, commissioned by Heart of Glass, 2018-19. Photograph courtesy Stephen King.
Which Way Now?
With Mark Devereux
Mark from Mark Devereux Projects will lead ‘Which Way Now?’ an online short course designed to help you consider the future direction and opportunities for your arts practice.
Taking into account the current climate, you will be looking at the questions that have arisen for you about navigating your career, exploring ways that you can continue to be creative with other external commitments (including caring for young children or other family members) and offer you the tools you need to create a route for a more confident and resilient future as an artist.
‘Which Way Now?’ is an interactive group-based short course, with a maximum of 15 people, which will be delivered online via the Zoom video platform delivered over 2 separate evenings. Mark will guide you through a series of practical questions and discussions, whilst offering personal and practical advice on developing key strategies and techniques to nurture your future practice and career.
This course is designed to give you the tools, strategies and focus that you need to sustain an ongoing arts career during a time of change and will help you assess your core values as well as ask questions about you and your practice.
You will create a new peer network and gain focused one-to-one mentoring support through a dedicated hour-long session with Mark, where you will have time to discuss the personal and confidential questions you may not be able to within a group environment.
We have also set up a payment plan, so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 3-12 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.
We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.
We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.
Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note any additional nights will not be catered, we are happy to recommend some local places to eat).
All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering
We have also set up a payment plan so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 4 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.
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Working with Deborah and Michael was such a pleasure. They understood the project from the beginning, what the needs of the makers and our audiences would be, and acted as thoughtful ambassadors for the project when we were not able to be there. Every aspect of the exhibition and events was facilitated in such a calm and confident manner, which made my job of coordinating a group of artists so much easier! The whole event became a pivotal moment for the project, bringing people together in a way I could never have anticipated, and which has altered my thinking about the future of the project. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.
The weekend I spent at Clayhill Arts was a very welcome change of scenery to my otherwise urban setting. I felt calmed yet invigorated by the surroundings, and the accommodation was beautifully tasteful and very homely. The main space is wonderfully considered and very versatile - an ideal space for creativity and dynamic discussion. I left on the Sunday feeling energised and inspired by the experience of staying at Clayhill.
As a singer it has been one of the best spaces to sing in with generous reverberation and acoustics. It is a space which complemented the type of instruments I was working with and the songs.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed being at your venue. It is a lovely and inspiring artistic space. The food was fantastic, homely yet unusual. I really enjoyed the day.
As an artist retreat, the venue at Clayhill Arts provided a warm and welcoming environment, allowing a safe and constructive space where individuals creative needs can be met.
We were lucky enough to be able to take over the whole venue for a weekend, using the Granary as our base for experimentation, discussion and shared learning. The informality of the accommodation, and the relaxed surroundings, put everyone at ease and offered a space where cooperation and encouragement evolved naturally.
Everything was wonderful! This is a beautiful place. Thank you, we really enjoyed our stay.
Clayhill feels remote which is great but it also is close to Cannington which has everything, so supplies can be bought without travelling a great distance...I also really enjoyed that it is still a working farm, because it feels productive and there is such a lot of life around us which is very inspiring
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