Artist Professional Development for Socially Engaged Practitioners
Heart of Glass | St. Helens
November 2018 – April 2019

Mark Devereux Projects, in collaboration with Heart of Glass, is delighted to announce a series of six practical artist professional development sessions for artists working within socially engaged practice. The sessions will take place in St Helens between November 2018 and April 2019.

This new collaboration is one component of Heart of Glass’ new national professional development programme for artists, producers and commissioning agencies working in social and community contexts. Details of other components including specialist areas of practice and coaching & mentoring will be announced in due course.

Led by Mark Devereux Projects, each workshop in the series will address key aspects of realising projects and commissions, providing attendees with the confidence and know-how to move their practice forward.

Each workshop will be tailored to the participating artists’ key questions and concerns; providing information, advice and guidance alongside open discussions and peer-to-peer sharing.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Workshop lunches will be hosted by a different member of the Heart of Glass staff/associate artist team to provide informal networking opportunities and access to staff expertise where relevant.

Whilst primarily aimed at artists working within socially engaged practice, artists working within other mediums are also welcome.

Sessions can be booked individually or as a whole programme at a discounted rate.

Professional development is one of a number of research and talent development strands initiated by Heart of Glass to establish essential critical pedagogy around collaborative and social arts practice, and to offer a collegiate space for debate, enquiry and sharing in this field. Other strands include WITH FOR ABOUT – Heart of Glass’ annual conference, the fourth iteration of which will take place in May 2019; writing & publishing – PRAXIS Volume II will be published later this year; and FIERCE AND URGENT CONVERSATIONS: The First International Triennial of Social and Collaborative Arts Practice, taking place in Autumn 2021.

For further details about the programme please contact us.

Programme information

Planning your project | Tuesday 13 November 2018
Led by Mark Devereux & Jack Welsh

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Planning your project takes a practical look at how to develop, manage and successfully realise projects of different scales and durations. The workshop will highlight the journey from developing the seed idea, through to realising the project and its resulting legacies. Providing an in-sight into the challenges artists can face when managing projects, this session will equip you with tools and techniques to encourage success. The session will also look at how you can formulate a longer-term career plan to support future developments and growth within your practice.

Artists will be invited to share your questions, concerns or previous experiences associated to project planning and management when booking your ticket.

Talking about your work | Tuesday 11 December 2018
Led by Mark Devereux & Jack Welsh

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How you talk, write and present your work is crucial. Getting this right will be invaluable to securing opportunities, commissions and tendering for future projects. This participatory session will share practical exercises to give you the confidence to present your practice and its intricacies to your audiences. By recognising your audience and the various approaches you can employ, you will be given the skills and awareness of how to articulate your practice in the most relevant way, whilst allowing your personality to shine through.

Artists will be invited to share materials that demonstrate how you present various aspects of your practice in advance, which will then be discussed during the session.

Finding the right opportunity | Tuesday 15 January 2019
Led by Heather Peak Morison with Mark Devereux & Jack Welsh

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Identifying the right opportunity is not always as easy as it sounds. As your career develops, opportunities will change and you may start receiving invitations that impede your progress. This workshop will give tools to help dissect and understand the opportunity you are offered and how it does or doesn’t relate to your practice ambitions. The session will also look at platforms to find or create the right opportunity and how you can increase your success rate.

Artists will be invited to share your questions, concerns or previous experiences of recent opportunities when booking your ticket.

Heather Peak Morison has established an ambitious collaborative practice over the past fifteen years that transcends the divisions between art, architecture and theatre. She is co-director, with Ivan Morison, of STUDIO MORISON, their artist led creative practice which supports and realizes their ideas and projects. On a societal level STUDIO MORISON is working to re-establish aspects of civic life and on a human level it looks to bring meaning, beauty and purpose into everyday life. They have exhibited internationally including solo projects at Tate Modern, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Vancouver Art Gallery, The National Trust, National Theatre Wales and represented Wales at the Venice Biennial. Heather is also employed as an artist strategist for Heart of Glass and working to deliver Bliss Park, a sculptural skateable civic square in St Helens.

Funding and fundraising | Tuesday 12 February 2019
Led by Mark Devereux & Jack Welsh

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This session will highlight the various funding avenues and options available for socially engaged practitioners, including trusts, foundations, individual giving and sponsorship. Participants will also undertake a practical, in-depth workshop on making an application to Arts Council England National Lottery Projects Grants, helping breakdown each question and what is required.

Artists will be invited to share your questions, concerns and previous funding and fundraising experiences when booking your ticket.

Working with contracts | Tuesday 12 March 2019
Led by guest speaker (TBC) with Mark Devereux & Jack Welsh

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Participants will address key issues that arise for artists working within socially engaged practice when negotiating and submitting project contracts and tenders. When working with various partners across sectors, it is important to ensure you are working to the correct terms and are able to negotiate a fair agreement. This workshop aims to increase your confidence, understanding, preparation, planning and skills to enable your project to be successful.

Artists will be invited to share your questions, concerns and previous experiences with contracts and formal agreements when booking your ticket.

Collaboration in the field | Tuesday 9 April 2019
Led by Shaun C Badham with Mark Devereux & Jack Welsh 

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Socially engaged practitioners work with a variety of people, from the public to local authorities, and often require several different ‘voices’. This session will look at the strategies artists can employ to work with a range of diverse stakeholders, communities and partners; including how to navigate bureaucracy.

Artists will be invited to share your questions, concerns and previous experiences when booking your ticket.

Shaun C. Badham born and lives in Essex. He received his BA Fine Art from University West of England in Bristol (2012) and MFA Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (2017). Through his long-term projects I’M STAYING and MORNING, Badham has developed extensive of working within the public realm and socially engaged practice. For further information please visit:

Further information

Heart of Glass, Old Beecham’s Building, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP

10am – 4pm

Individual sessions: £25 per session (£10 concession for students & St Helens based artists) All 6 sessions: £135 (£108 conc.)

Heart of Glass is proud to be based in St Helens and is keen to support the development of artists living and working in the St Helens Borough. All artists with a St Helens postcode are eligible for a concessionary ticket rate.

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