financial support, performance opportunities, and artist networking
As a Member-led organisation, we primarily offer artist development opportunities to Chisenhale Dance Members. We have three recurring programmes which provide monetary support, performance opportunities, and chances to meet and talk to other artists (read more about these below).
Additional to these streams we also frequently offer residencies, bursaries and commissions, supported with funding from Arts Council England. Previous projects have included: August Residencies for artists of colour; Artist Exchange with the Work Room, Glasgow; Collaborations Between Generations artist commissions; and Member-as-Curator research bursaries. To find out about these opportunities, please check the News section of our website.
The Allotment Fund was created in 2016 as a result of match funding from Backstage Trust and as a way of encouraging our membership to explore and invest in circular giving. Circular giving is a way of giving that allows everyone an equal opportunity to use the pool of donated money, which comes from CDS Membership donations.
Members can apply for between £250 and £1000, which can support public programmes (performances, workshops, discussions etc), community outreach ‘first steps’, developing Member-led models, and/or personal experimentation.
Applicants are asked to complete a short proposal form. After receiving applications, a panel consisting of CDS staff and Members meet to select proposals. All applicants are informed of the panel’s decision and given some feedback on their application.
The latest round of applications closed in December 2019. There will be more rounds in the future. More information can be found in the Allottment Guidelines:
Future Fridays is our twice-yearly programme of new work led by Chisenhale Dance Members. We see it as a context where Members can take risks and share new ideas in front of a casual, supportive audience. The work shown is usually either in the early stages of development, or on its first outing as a completed work.
Members do not need to pay to be a part of the programme, and receive 70% of box office income, as well as marketing and staffing support. They are welcome to apply for additional ACE funding to support their performance.
As a member-led programme, we are keen to enter a discussion about every idea, and aim to support as many artists as we can, currently 10 nights per year. The programme is facilitated by Marketing and Programme Coordinator, Es Morgan, in collaboration with Director, Daniel Pitt.
Coffee Mornings are a way in which dance/performance makers and doers can talk about the relationships between issues of production, public policy and the politics of the cultural industries and the artwork that they are making and doing. Each Coffee Morning has a different theme or conversation point, and is led by a different artist or group. The events are free and open to all artists.
Artist hosts needn’t already be associated with Chisenhale Dance, and we hope Coffee Mornings can be a context where artists feel comfortable to make first contact with Chisenhale Dance. You can get in touch about hosting a Coffee Morning whenever you like, please email Es Morgan: firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief outline of the subject you’re interested in discussing.
Coffee Mornings at Chisenhale Dance Space were initiated in 2010 by Gillie Kleiman, and taken over in 2015 by Hamish MacPherson, both independent dance artists and members of the artistic community around the organisation.