Opportunity: Coffee Mornings

photograph of artists sitting around a table talking

Coffee Mornings will be back in 2020 for their tenth anniversary! Chisenhale Dance Space are pleased to be able to facilitate four events between March and July next year.

Is there something pressing you think needs to be discussed, relating to the politics or ethics of dance and performance? 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. We sit around the kitchen table and eat and talk.  There have always been people there who know each other as well as those who don’t.

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.

How to Take Part

There are funds to support four Coffee Morning in Spring 2020. Each artist/group hosting an event will receive a £100 honorarium towards their time, and CDS will provide some Marketing Support and snacks on the day. Events are 11am-2pm on the first Tuesday of each month (April-July).

If you would like to host a Coffee Morning in Spring 2020, please send the following information:

  • 100-150 words about the subject you’re interested in discussing (see below for examples of previous events)
  • Which of the following dates you are available: Tuesdays 7th April, 5th May, 2nd June, 7th July.

Coffee Mornings are now closed for applications. More information will be posted in the coming months, as we learn how the organisation will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. See our latest statement here.


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.

Recent Coffee Mornings have covered themes such as privilege, protest, post-work politics, peers & responsibility, future & fantasy, wants needs & aesthetics, and ‘talking the walk’.


Coffee Mornings will continue to happen at Chisenhale Art Place on the ground floor, in order to make the events wheelchair accessible.

We have some funds available to help make this opportunity more accessible to artists taking part. This could be related to disability, neurodiversity, child care, or something else. If you would like to talk about the fund please email Es Morgan: es@chisenhaledancespace.co.uk.