Coffee Mornings: Peers, Responsibility, Jealousy & Difference

Coffee Morning
Peers: Responsibility, Jealousy & Difference
Hosted by Paul Hughes

Thursday 21st June | 11am – 2pm-ish
Chisenhale Dance Space Lounge
Always Free
Rant. Chat. Eat.


A constellation. The competition.

I like using the word ‘peers’ more than ‘colleagues’ (we don’t necessarily work together) or ‘friends’ (we don’t have to like one another). Across our commonalities and differences, what are our responsibilities to our peers — to watch, to support, to share with, to forgive, to challenge? The current institutional landscape demands we compete for limited resources. What do I think they’ve got, that I don’t?

Rather than pretend or demand good will, this conversation is a space to attend to our entirely reasonable feelings of jealousy, frustration and bitterness. How do we deal with our negative feelings; and could we understand them to be a productive force not only in our own work, but in the wider scene as a whole?


Paul Hughes is a Nottingham-based artist working across choreographic, visual and performance art contexts. Awarded an MA Dance Studies  at University of Roehampton, he works as a dramaturg with artists Gareth Cutter, Andy Edwards and Sam Pardes. In collaboration with Rohanne Udall as Tate n Lyle, he presents interdisciplinary work in galleries and stages across the UK.


About Coffee Mornings

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.


Image: Tate n Lyle, Back Up (2018)


Coming Next: Thursday 12th July, POST WORK, hosted by Charlie Ashwell and James Morgan