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.


Manick Govinda is Head of Artists' Advisory Services. He has worked in the arts for 20 years. During this time he has developed strategic relationships with deciBel, Creative Partnerships, NESTA, a-n: The Artist's Information Company, and has undertaken project management for artists Franko B, Zarina Bhimji and Zineb Sedira. He is the editor of the following publications: Performing Difference, Research In Process, Curated Space, commissioned and wrote Radical Positions.

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, Weekender Labs and Traineeship and is Stacy Makishi’s producer. Earlier projects include Unlimited Global Alchemy for the Cultural Olympiad 2012 and the co-curation of Town Hall Hotel Artworks with Manick Govinda. Nikki has a freelance practice as an artist, working with Mamoru Iriguchi since 2009 as dramaturg and frequently performing in recent years with Florence Peake. Her most recent performance work, FOLLY, was presented at BIOS Athens in 2015. She is Co-Chair of Chisenhale Dance Space and has guest lectured at the University of London, Brunel, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, L’animal a l’esquena (Catalunya), Dartington and Middlesex University.

Mary Osborn currently works part-time as an Artists' Advisor and Programme Co-ordinator at Artsadmin, where she began her producing career through the Artsadmin Traineeship in 2013. During her time at Artsadmin, Mary has worked majoratively in the Artist Development team, more recently moving into co-ordinating the programme at Toynbee Studios. She has also produced projects for Artsadmin such as an international tour of Station House Opera’s large-scale site-specific project, Dominoes. Outside of Artsadmin, Mary co-produces D.I.Y performance platform Steakhouse Live with Katy Baird and Aaron Wright as well as freelance producing projects by independent artists including Lucy Hutson, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN and Eleanor Fogg (johnsmith). She has also collaborated with performance artist Foxy and Husk as a dramaturg on two shows that have toured internationally and has recently begun a new curatorial collaboration with Copenhagen based producer Emma Møller.


Sweatshop: Grants for the Arts
Toynbee Studios
Tim Spooner. Photo by Claire High. 

Tim Spooner. Photo by Claire High. 

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