Which Way Now?
With Mark Devereux
July 20 - July 30
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.
Mark Devereux graduated from BA (Hons) Photography and MA Fine Art at Staffordshire University in 2006. Responding to limited opportunities available in the region, immediately after graduating he founded Blank Media Collective and later BLANKSPACE Gallery, Manchester. During six-years as voluntary Director of the organisation he was pivotal in providing numerous early-career artists from the UK and abroad with their first exhibition, performing or writing opportunity. In 2012, Devereux left the organisation to concentrate on developing his career working with artists and soon established Mark Devereux Projects. Devereux holds over 14-years experience working across the art sector, working with more than 350 artists, curating over 100 exhibitions and events, publishing 4 books and facilitating numerous artist development programmes.
Mark Devereux Projects has established a proven track record of developing artists’ practices and careers since forming in 2013. Specialising in supporting artists during crucial developmental stages in their career, they work collaboratively with the artist, placing their core interests and ambitions at heart. We work in two core programmes – representing individual artists and national artist development programmes. Many of the artists we have worked with have gone on to receive important commissions, prizes, exhibitions and grants that have furthered their careers.
Mark has a long standing history with Clayhill Arts having previously delivered a series of Portfolio Review Sessions for local artists, held the the project Dialogues 5 – an artist retreat over 4 days which provided tailored critique and mentoring for five visual artists. And, when the lockdown took hold, we asked Mark to reflect on how it was to be living and working as a young creative family at the moment and if there was any advice he could offer for those experiencing the same. In this piece Mark offers some valuable advice on what to be doing at the moment, and some of that might be different to what you think…
Monday 20th July 19:00 – 21:00
The what’s, why’s and how’s of strategic planning for visual artists
A group session discussing what strategic planning is and how to go about populating the strategic planning document (which will be sent to participants in advance). This will be a group video call, with participants actively encouraged to engage in group discussion. You will have the opportunity to meet one another and discuss your current working practice, alongside sharing advice and support to the rest of the group.
You will receive a PDF hand-out of the presentation, a copy of the resources shared in the chat along with a prompt sheet, which will be made available to all after the session.
You will also have access to an online community (set up via Facebook) for peer networking, conversations with Mark and development check-ins throughout the course. This is as much about connecting with one another as it is about creating strategies for a resilient future.
Included within the course is an hour-long one-to-one mentoring session with Mark. You will arrange this session directly with Mark at a time to suit you both and will be encouraged to discuss details highlighted by the strategic planning exercise, as well as other aspirations you might have for your ongoing practice as an artist. The sessions are available from 21st July – 7th August and will not be recorded, nor shared with anyone else. They are designed for you to gain clarity and focus about your own personal ambitions, career direction and any concerns that may restrict your development.
Thursday 30th July 19:00 – 21:00
How do I plan my future during a global pandemic?
A group session discussing tools, techniques and ideas over how you can implement your plan during these difficult times. You will be invited to share learning outcomes from the strategic planning exercises, with Mark and your peer artists on-hand to offer additional words of support, advice and further direction. This session will aim to draw together each participant’s personal experiences and aspirations to create a whole and in doing so, show mutual support.
You will receive a copy of the documents shared in this call along with additional resources, which will be made available to all after the session.
Each video call will also be recorded and available to all participants for an additional month. It won’t be available anywhere else and password protected.
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