See our main artist support page for the type of things we can help with and how to get in touch.
Theatre Bristol’s bi-monthly Open Office sessions are informal drop-in events for strangers, newbies and old faces we’ve not seen in a while; anyone who wants to come and meet us for introductions and new connections. Both Artist Support Associates and one of Theatre Bristol’s Executive Team will be all ears and on hand with tea, coffee, and questions.
Theatre Bristol’s Artist Support programme is built around getting to know one another. Our Open Office sessions are the best way to start that conversation in the first instance, rather than booking a formal meeting.
You’re welcome anytime over the time to join a relaxed chat about work, play and theatre. You might not get a long formal meeting one-to-one, but give it an hour to mingle and you’re bound to grab the 15 minutes you need to say hello properly. No need to book, just turn up.
Our Open Office events are held at our Theatre Bristol office, The Fire Station, 82-84 York Road, Bristol, BS3 4AL.
We regret that our office is only accessible up a flight of stairs. If you’d like us to make other arrangements so you that we can meet you, please get in touch.
The next Open Office event is on 12th November at Tobacco Factory Theatres and will focus on artist burnout. Find out more here.
If you have any additional needs or want to know more about what happens at an Open Office, please view our Open Office Social Story
At Theatre Bristol we want to shine a light on independent artists and producers who help lead and shape the future of the arts.
We know it can be hard for independents to attend conferences and events, and that industry gatherings are often only accessible to salaried staff. That’s why we offer help with tickets, travel or accommodation costs for ‘TB Agents’ – artists and producers who want to attend events to soak up new ideas, make contacts and represent the independent sector.
All we ask in return is that they find a way to share their experience and learning. This might be by live tweeting the event, writing a blog, making a podcast, or hosting a conversation.
Action Learning uses peer learning to help explore and resolve real work issues. It gives people the chance to step outside the pressures of their professional role and to view it from a different perspective.
Theatre Bristol is working with qualified and experienced action learning facilitator Sarah Pym to provide practitioners from Bristol and the surrounding area with an opportunity to take part in a set at an affordable price. We are currently supporting two sets of artists, producers and theatremakers of all stripes. These sets are currently closed, but if you are interested in future Action Learning opportunities please email
Independent producers are a vital part of the theatre ecology. Based on our own experiences as producers we know how valuable access to networks, knowledge and a space to ask stupid questions can be, so we started our Associate Producer placements.
Every 6 months we offer dedicated mentoring, desk space, and access to the TB hivemind to an independent producer. They can engage with as much or as little of the internal workings of TB as they want, from team meetings to strategy sessions.
Our most used resource is the Unofficial Guide to Grants for the Arts, created by Simon Day for Theatre Bristol. It’s a great first port of call for anyone considering submitting an application to that programme – have a read of it before you start. NB: the guide is hosted on www.issuu.com. You can view and share below. To download the pdf. file you will need to create a (free) Issuu profile.
You can find other helpful resources for theatremakers here.