artist development

NN Associates Programme



The NN Associates programme is a tailored CPD training that develops sector-specific and wider employability skills within the cultural and creative industries and beyond. Our Associates Programme diversifies future workforce through the development of business, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills that open up to routes and avenues for those looking to develop careers in the Arts.

The programme is now open for applications and will take place between August and December 2022.

Closing date for applications: Monday 8th August 2022.

As a member of the programme you will:

Undertake a development session to talk about yourself to find out more about your interests and set goals for the programme.

Develop a learning plan to outline key goals designed to help you find work opportunities at the end of the programme.

Attend at least 6 online talks and seminars from industry professionals to:
-Find out more about the arts and cultural sector from established industry professionals.
– Learn more about developing careers, applications and networks in the arts to kickstart your career or develop your confidence.

Work alongside NN Contemporary to:
– Develop your own self-managed projects to explore more of what you want to do and contribute to the gallery programme.
– Undertake Arts Award, if you choose to, to develop qualifications and understanding.
– Work as part of the NN team to get a better understanding of roles within the arts and develop your skills.

Each participant within the scheme will be expected to undertake a minimum of 48 hours development, equating to approximately 4 hours per week.

This is a combination of organised sessions and self-managed time so the programme can work flexibly for you.

The programme is fully funded and therefore places are free but limited.

This programme is intended for people living in South East Midlands area, that is Northamptonshire, Luton, Bedfordshire, and Milton Keynes, and for those unemployed or not in full time education. However, applicants who this does not apply to will be considered.

To apply please complete the application form and return to us so we can set up a conversation to find out more about the you.

NN Cotemporary Art, Northampton

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Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) : Application writing workshop


Mark Devereux Projects are pleased to offer our next online workshop to support artists & creatives who are planning an application to Round 13 of Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) programme. Taking place on Tuesday 1 March (6-7:30pm) and led by Mark Devereux, this workshop will address the core questions helping you create a strong application.

As one of the core funders for individual artists, Arts Council England grants can unlock and create important developmental opportunities to help you take your practice and ideas to the next level. The online workshop (via Zoom) will take an in-depth look at the application process for the DYCP programme – dissecting the questions, what they mean and the detail the assessors are looking for.

This workshop is independent from Arts Council England, sharing the knowledge and experience Mark has built from previous successful grant applications.

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Dialogues 2022


Mark Devereux Projects invites applications for Dialogues; a 14-week programme of critical exchange, group workshops and one-to-one mentoring for up to twelve artists.

Practicing as an artist can often be a solitary experience – making work, developing ideas and not always knowing whether it is communicating what you aim for. Critique and conversations can be essential in the development of your practice. Dialogues will focus on nurturing your core ideas and ambitions, helping manifest these within the making of your work.

Dialogues is an online programme for artists that may be developing a new body of work, building a new project or working towards an exhibition or commission. Starting in April 2022, each artist will benefit from three group crits, two 1-hour one-to-one mentoring sessions and three group workshops. Experienced mentor and curator Mark Devereux will lead each session; offering tailored and critically engaged developmental support.

Previous iterations of Dialogues have received wide acclaim for the long-term developmental impacts on the participating artists’ practices and careers. Nine artists from the 2021 programme have continued meeting together each fortnight following the programme, with Mark leading crit sessions with the group once a month.


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Unexpected Spaces Public Art Residency





Calling artists with a public art practice! 

Greywood Arts is awarding a four week residency 22 August – 20 September to support development of a public art project in the rural East Cork village of Killeagh. The residency provides accommodation, workspace, project support and a stipend of €1,500 to a visual, performing, multi-disciplinary or other genre of practicing artist whose project is experienced in the public realm. This year, the residency precedes Ireland’s nationwide Culture Night (September 18th) and we hope to celebrate the public art project that evening.

Unexpected Spaces aims to support an artist working in the public sphere while increasing access to art in the community of Killeagh. The artwork created during the residency should be situated or presented in the public sphere, or should be experienced from a public space. The public art residency is one component of the project, which will also offer public art themed workshops for different community groups. Unexpected Spaces is made possible by support from Cork County Council. Stipend to cover materials and living expenses, allocated at the discretion of the artist. 

This year, Unexpected Spaces will tie into Culture Night, Ireland’s annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts on Friday, 18th September.

While we are completely open regarding the theme, topic and medium, the project should be responsive to the setting and context of the village.


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Critical Mass


Critical Mass is a new artist learning and development project by Mark Devereux Projects. Providing a comprehensive programme of critical conversations, skill sharing and career development support – the content will be fully tailored to the requirements of each individual artist.

Designed in response to the needs of artists, Critical Mass has been created to offer responsive, affordable and accessible learning and development for ten practitioners who have been outside of undergraduate education for three or more years.

Critical Mass is an eleven-month programme, punctuated by five creative retreats (each up to 4 days) in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Each retreat will be centred on a specific theme. Individual sessions and workshops within the retreats will be tailored to the requirements highlighted by the participating artists. The programme will be designed and delivered by Mark Devereux Projects and invited guest speakers.

The retreats will provide a holistic approach to learning through the combination of information-led workshops, peer sharing and hands-on practical experiences. Participants will be encouraged to test and develop new approaches within the making, presentation and display of their work through producing their own events, interventions and informal exhibitions during the creative retreats.

Participating artists will benefit from regular Skype one-to-one mentoring/advice sessions with Mark Devereux every 6-8 weeks.

We will ensure each artist concludes the programme with the knowledge, tools and information they need to take the next steps in making their work and gaining opportunities for their future careers. As an entirely independent programme, we can be responsive and reactive to each individual’s practice.


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