Advisory Service


Artsadmin’s free one-to-one advisory service is open year-round to all UK-based artists working in contemporary performance practices.

Our advisory service was set up in 1998 and has since provided advice, information and guidance to over 5000 artists. Sessions can be one-to-one or in groups for artists who are working collaboratively; we can offer sessions by skype and phone and respond to queries by email.

The content of advisory sessions is artist-led and driven by the questions each artist brings. Topics often include dialogue around artistic ideas, project development, opportunities and contexts for developing and showing work, funding, marketing, documentation and representation, networking, collaboration.

To book a session with one of Artsadmin’s three advisors, please email or call us on 020 7247 5102. We tend to book around a fortnight in advance due to demand. 

"I found it extremely useful in terms of specific advice, but also I really liked the references you gave - they were very thoughtful and relevant - and it was great to have a conversation about the work, it helps to work through the ideas." 

With Live Art Development Agency (LADA), we have compiled a downloadable resource guide intended for artists who work in Live Art and contemporary performance and are at the start of their career.


Dr Cecilia Wee is Head of Artists' Advisory/ Artists' Producer at Artsadmin. Cecilia is a curator, educator and researcher who grew up in Thatcher’s London, passionate about projects that investigate the role of art and design in creating a more equitable society, working with experimental sound, performance, visual art and design practices. From 2011-18, she was Tutor at the School of Communication, Royal College of Art, London. Notable projects include, co-founder interdisciplinary art event series Rational Rec (2005-08); co-curator Embedded Art – Art in the Name of Security, Akademie der Künste Berlin (2009); co-curator Anti Design Festival (2010); co-editor Supramarkt – How to Frack the Fatal Forces of the Capitalocene (Irene Publishing, 2015); editor Perform, Experience, Re-Live (Tate Public Programmes, 2016). Cecilia wrote her DPhil on the documentation of live art at University of Sussex. She has lectured and led numerous workshops including at Anti-University London, University of California Berkeley, and Paju Typography Institute Korea. Cecilia is Chair of the Live Art Development Agency and part of the core group behind the Radical Renewable Art and Activism Fund. 

Nikki Tomlinson is Lead Artists’ Advisor / Producer and has worked in the arts since 1999. For Artsadmin she manages a range of programmes including the Artists' Bursary Scheme, BANNER and Weekender Labs and is Stacy Makishi’s producer. Earlier projects include an Unlimited project for the Cultural Olympiad 2012 and the co-curation of Town Hall Hotel public commissions with Manick Govinda. Nikki has a freelance practice as an artist, dramaturg and producer, and has worked for a number of years with Florence Peake. Her last performance work, FOLLY, was presented at BIOS Athens as part of Love Letters to a post-Europe. She is Co-Chair of Chisenhale Dance Space with Jane Greenfield and has guest lectured at the University of London, Brunel, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, L’animal a l’esquena (Catalunya), Dartington and Middlesex University.

Laura Sweeney is Artists’ Advisor at Artsadmin, joining the team in 2018. Alongside working part-time at Artsadmin, Laura is an independent producer working across dance and performance with artists including Catherine Hoffmann, Dan Watson, Greg Wohead, Katherine Hollinson, Nando Messias and Tracing the Pathway. She also works as a consultant for artist development, strategic planning, marketing campaigns and organisational development. Before freelance producing, Laura was Executive Producer at Chisenhale Dance Space where notable projects include The BIG 30 (30th anniversary programme), Arts Counselling and Dance and the Homemade commissions round 2 and 3. Laura was resident producer at Live Art Development Agency throughout 2017 and is currently a board member of Home Live Art.


Sweatshop: Grants for the Arts
Toynbee Studios
Sam Curtis, Standard, Ledger and Transom. Photo by Matt Carter.

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

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