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Creative Support Sessions

Free one-to-one support for artists

Portraits of Michael Norton and Reena Kalsi
Michael Norton and Reena Kalsi

Artsadmin offers a unique and free one-to-one support 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. 

Who is the service for?
This is a free service that we offer to artists and creatives, which to us includes arts workers, producers, designers, production managers, curators, arts leaders, technicians, writers, dramaturgs, academics and thinkers.

What happens in a one-to-one support session?
This is a one hour session and you can meet with us once a year. These sessions are places of support, which means everything spoken about in these meetings is confidential. This also means this isn’t a place to pitch work that you hope to get produced at Artsadmin. The support team won’t share anything about you or your project with the rest of the Artsadmin producers.

What art forms can we support with?
Our team’s knowledge is in contemporary performance and live art.

How are the sessions delivered and what access support is available?
The sessions are currently delivered online via Zoom. Our Zoom account can access captions embedded and we can offer BSL interpretation. Both will be provided upon request. Please indicate any access requirements when you book your session.

What other organisations offer advice and support?
Not sure if our support is right for you? We’ve listed some other places below that offer artists support.

Book a session with one of our team

Please do take the time to read about the person you’d like to meet with before you book in. Each person has different experience, knowledge and expertise, and your experience will vary based on the person you meet.

Please only book one session. Due to capacity, we are only able to offer one session per artist each year.

Portrait of Michael Norton
Michael Norton

My name is Michael, and I use he/him or they/them pronouns. I am a white queer person who has done lots of different jobs in the arts. I’ve made my own performance and theatre work, I’ve collaborated with others, I’ve worked for others as an artist, I’ve produced projects, I’ve been a dramaturg and a thinker on projects and I’ve also written critical texts about art and arts organisations. Most of my work has taken place in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and the United States, and I work mostly in contemporary performance and theatre.

Right now, I work a few days a week at Artsadmin on their Artist Support Team along with Reena Kalsi, and I also work outside of Artsadmin as a coach (with a particular focus on the Enneagram) and dramaturg. I practice care, curiosity, building energy and critical thinking in everything I do.

A little about how I these sessions work

We will focus on the big picture and big questions of your career. We’ll focus a lot on motivation, creative instinct and your values. This means sometimes our conversations are really practical (what are the next steps to your project), and can also be more abstract (why am I an artist?) It depends on what supports your process. I will support you as you identify what makes the way you work and think distinct, and together we’ll focus on how to keep building and sustaining energy.

With the sessions, I will start by asking three questions. You don’t need to prepare these.

  • What’s working right now/Where do you feel flow and energy in your work?
  • What’s not working/where do you keep getting stuck?
  • What would a useful hour together look like?

If there is anything you would like me to have a look at ahead of time, such as video, documents or images, please include a link in the next page.

Róise Goan

My name is Róise Goan and I am the Artistic Director at Artsadmin, I use she/her pronouns. I am a white Irish woman, and relatively new to London. I have worked variously in the arts as a performance maker and writer, dramaturg, programmer, festival director, producer, administrator and box office person. I have worked mostly in Ireland, Belgium, and now in the UK. I love working collaboratively and I have a particular passion for making and producing contemporary performance projects with communities of interest in places that mean something to them. Usually involving some kind of shared meal.

I am a curious person and I love listening to artists talk about their ideas. I’m interested in supporting artists at moments of reflection and change in their practice, and at those crunchy and risky moments where ideas are forming to possibly become projects.

Ellie Liddell-Crewe

My name is Ellie Liddell-Crewe and I use she/her pronouns. I am a northern soul with my feet now in the South. I work full time on Unlimited at Artsadmin. Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that aims to embed work by disabled artists within the UK and international cultural sectors, reach new audiences and shift perceptions of disabled people and is currently the largest supporter of disabled artists worldwide.

Amongst many things, I am responsible for Unlimited’s main commissions programme, trainees, application process and portal, budgets and contracts and I hold overall responsibility for artists support and showcasing- helping as many Unlimited artists as possible to reach audiences both nationally and internationally. Having previously worked as a Venue Manager and Inclusive Artist with the wonderful O N C A (a Brighton based arts organisation that bridge social and environmental justice issues), I am here for any questions you may have around access, disability, engaged practice or how to simply get your foot in the door and generally may be a nice human to have a brew and a chat with.

About these sessions

Ellie runs her creative support sessions split into two 30-minute chunks. The first half hour is usually around finding out more about yourself your practice and answering your questions and the second is a follow up session a few weeks later, often looking at tasks that have been set and discussions that were previously had.
If this format works for you, please book two sessions with a minimum of a few weeks apart. 

A portrait of Malaika
Malaika Cunningham

My name is Malaika and I use she/her pronouns. I am a theatre-maker and political researcher interested in participatory practice, climate justice and democracy. Within the arts, I have worked as a director, performer, facilitator, campaigner, and producer – particularly within participatory and interactive performance. Most of my work has been in the North of England. I have a PhD in social science focussed on relationship between sustainability, participatory theatre and democratic spaces. I am currently working full-time with Artsadmin as a practice-based researcher.

About these sessions

In these sessions I aim to offer a space for you to talk through your ideas and projects. I have found that it can be really useful to have someone ask you questions and listen to your emerging ideas whilst developing a new project. If it is desired, I can offer advice on participatory methods within artistic practice, working with academics (both in terms of collaborations and funding), and (if relevant/helpful) suggest some good readings/organisations to explore on the themes of climate justice and democracy.

If you can’t book using Calendly, please email us at or call 020 7247 5102.

Other support services for artists

Date Title Venue City
6–18 April 2021 Guest Artist Support Sessions: Nando Messias
23 March – 27 April 2021 Guest Artist Support Sessions: Vijay Patel
Portraits of Michael Norton and Reena Kalsi
Michael Norton and Reena Kalsi