Advisory Service


Artsadmin offers a unique and free one-to-one advice service to UK-based artists working in contemporary performance, at any stage of their career. Sessions are informal and artist-led, offering an opportunity to talk about anything from artistic ideas and project development to funding and contexts for your work.

Since it was set up in 1998, our Advisory Service has since provided advice, information and guidance to over 5000 artists. 

To book a session either in person or via Skype, fill in this Google survey so we can understand a bit about your practice and what you would like to discuss during an advice session. Due to staffing changes, there is currently an approximate waiting time of four weeks for advisory sessions.

Please note that if you are working primarily in scriptwriting, staged plays, traditional circus, puppetry, craft, painting, sculpture, traditional forms of dance, opera and music this is outside the focus of Artsadmin’s work.

Artist Support Phoneline during COVID-19
As our building is closed due to COVID-19, you can contact our Artist Support team via this number 07513 724 431. Please note the phone is only switched on whilst staff are working but you can leave a message anytime and they'll call you back.


Cat Harrison is an Artists’ Producer at Artsadmin currently working with Amy SharrocksCaroline WrightChris DobrowolskiCurious and Stacy Makishi. Cat mostly looks after socially engaged, participatory projects like Amy’s Museum of WaterCaroline’s The Breath Control Project and Sarah Woods’ The Roadless Tripas well as projects that take place in unusual spaces such as Chris’ Washed Up Car-Go in a series of car parks, METIS’ World Factory in the derelict Brierfield Mill and Caroline and Helen Paris’ Out of Water on Edinburgh’s Portobello Beach. Cat organizes tours of the projects including over 20 showings of Chris’ All Roads Lead to Rome across the UK and South Korea and over 20 presentations of Museum of Water throughout the UK, Netherlands and Australia

Cat has worked at Artsadmin since 2009, firstly on reception, then as the Trainee and then as an Artists’ Advisor before becoming a Producer. Cat set up Morning Producers and gives various talks and speeches, often about what it’s like working in the arts sector, including “Opportunities in Crisis” presented at the MMM Conference in 2010 and later published in The Live Art Almanac 3. Cat is Chair of the Board for Crying Out Loud and an award-winning artist with the collective she co-founded in 2009 called non zero one.

Michael Norton is Artist’s Advisor at Artsadmin and an independent producer, dramaturg and researcher who has worked across Europe in performance, dance and theatre. His work focuses on developing feedback methods that support candid and risky practices. Michael is also an associate producer for the Total Theatre Awards and a visiting lecturer in performance research at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Michael’s areas of expertise include: critical framing of performance and dance; collaborative strategies; performance in gallery and theatrical contexts; research and higher education; producing; project development and career planning.


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Sam Curtis, Standard, Ledger and Transom. Photo by Matt Carter.

Sam Curtis, Standard, Ledger and Transom. Photo by Matt Carter.

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