StudioBook: Call for Applications

February 24, 2017


I’m delighted to say we have been successful in securing Arts Council England funding for StudioBook; an artist development programme I am producing for Mark Devereux Projects.



Deadline for applications: 5pm Friday 14 April 2017

Mark Devereux Projects invites applications from UK based visual artists for StudioBook; an intensive development programme designed for early to mid-career artists.

Building on a highly successful inaugural programme in 2015, StudioBook will provide participants with two weeks of concentrated seminars, workshops and one-to-one mentoring sessions, led by established artists, curators and arts professionals.

StudioBook also provides selected artists with on going mentoring by Mark Devereux Projects, the chance to apply for a dedicated £2,000 commission and acquisition with the University of Salford Art Collection and an exhibition/public talk opportunity.

StudioBook aims to nurture individual artist development and practice by offering practical guidance, including:

  • how to get your work seen
  • identifying your audiences
  • writing and talking about your work
  • writing proposals and applications
  • finance and funding guidance
  • sales, commissions and representation
  • promotion and marketing
  • public engagement and socially engaged practice
  • documenting your work and working in video
  • portfolio review sessions
  • strategic planning

StudioBook Fortnight
StudioBook is structured around a two-week intensive programme that all participants are required to attend.

StudioBook fortnight: Monday 17 July – Friday 28 July 2017
Venue: Old Granada Studios, Manchester, Quay Street, Manchester M3 3JE

Running from Monday to Friday, with optional activities planned during the middle weekend, each day is split into dedicated sessions including refreshments and lunch. These sessions will include time for questions, discussion and critical feedback. There will also be time for social activity and engagement with the Manchester cultural scene throughout the programme.

Following StudioBook fortnight, all artists will continue to receive mentoring sessions from Mark Devereux Projects until late November 2017.

StudioBook Exhibition and Commission
A public exhibition featuring all StudioBook artists will be held at Old Granada Studios in November. This will include a public talk/crit featuring all artists.

All StudioBook participants will be invited to apply for a special £2,000 commission and acquisition with the University of Salford Art Collection, in which the selected work will be placed within the university’s permanent collection.

StudioBook costs approximately £1,700 per artist to deliver. However, we have secured Arts Council England funding to cover the majority of these costs.

The total cost to each artist is £180.

Costs for the programme apply to successful applicants only – there is no charge to apply.

Developed for artists, and mindful of the current economic climate and changes within higher education, StudioBook offers an intensive and cost-effective learning programme: we believe it represents excellent value for money. All payments will be made to Mark Devereux Projects who are coordinating the programme.

A limited number of travel, accommodation and childcare bursaries will be available to artists upon application. Mark Devereux Projects will advise on the best and cheapest accommodation in Greater Manchester where available. Additional costs to participants will include travel and accommodation during the programme; please factor this into your planning.

Application Process
StudioBook is open to UK-based artists working in any art form. While we are keen to support a variety of practices we strongly welcome applications from early to mid-career artists.

The selection process will be decided by a panel assessing the quality of work and the potential impact StudioBook would have on each artist’s respective practice.

To apply, please send the following:

  • Completed application form, including:
    • A statement on why you would like to participate in StudioBook (max 400 words)
    • A general statement on your work (max 300 words)
  • Your current CV (2 pages max)
  • Up to 5 images or links to other relevant material (e.g. Vimeo or YouTube link).

Please note that any applications not using the application form will be ineligible.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 14 April 2017. Please send completed applications via WeTransfer to: admin[at]markdevereuxprojects[dot]com

Applications will be selected by Mark Devereux Projects and StudioBook partners. All artists will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 21 April 2017. The full StudioBook programme will be announced via the Mark Devereux Projects website over the next several weeks.

For further information please email StudioBook Producer, Jack Welsh: admin[at]markdevereuxprojects[dot]com



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