Coffee Morning: Arts & Activism

Coffee Morning: Arts & Activism
Hosted by Colleen Bartley and Melinda Buckwalter

Tuesday 11 April 
11am – 2pm-ish
Education Room, Ground floor, Chisenhale Studios
Wheelchair accessible

Always free


We know the arts affect social change so…how do we artists do it?

We want to hear your strategies, successes, and successful failures and network about any projects/ initiatives. Colleen and Melinda kick off the coffee morning with their own experiences and look forward to sharing ideas and networking about existing projects or new initiatives. Come join us!

You need not bring anything but yourself. And maybe some cake.

Melinda Buckwalter is co-editor of Contact Quarterly and author of Composing While Dancing: An Improviser’s Companion is a Fulbright scholar studying dance anthropology at the University of Roehampton.

Colleen Bartley is an independent dance artist, co-editor of Contact Quarterly’s Newsletter and makes work in relationship to people and places and organises events that bring people together to dance.

The Coffee Mornings at Chisenhale Dance Space were initiated by Gillie Kleiman, an independent dance artist and proud member of the artistic community around the organisation, as a way in which dance-makers and -doers could 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. The events are open to all artists and arts practitioners, whether or not they associate themselves with Chisenhale. 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. There is a loosely-held format which includes a writing-up of the facilitators’ thoughts after the meeting Initially Gillie started off each time. Now the Coffee Mornings are led by different dance artists or artists’ groups each time and from 2015 Gille handed over the running to Hamish MacPherson, also a member of Chisenhale Dance Space.

Coffee Mornings are supported by Chisenhale Dance Space’s Allotment Fund.

Coming Next: 2 May, Future/Dreamz/Fantasy hosted by Jamila Johnson-Small

Image: Hamish MacPherson based on design by Karen Lambæk