We’re currently developing this page to link you to networks and groups we either lead or play a key role in.
Networks are a vital way of connecting people, sharing information, ideas and resources. You’re welcome to contact us to find out more about any of these communities.
A mailgroup allows a group of people who want to share information about a given subject to do so via email. After joining a group you can send an email to all members of that group by sending an email to the group’s email address. This group is used by people across Bristol to let others know about performance events, happening and opportunities via email. Join here.
We’re a member of The Bristol DIY Network; an independent gathering of arts organisations and arts practitioners, large and small, funded (Arts Council, Bristol City Council) and unfunded, all of whom deliver cultural programmes within the city of Bristol.
We meet regularly to advocate for the sector and to discuss and inform policy, as well as forming working groups in response to specific issues and to develop shared activity. This thinking feeds directly into the wider cultural conversations happening at a high level in the city through the Cultural Strategy Steering Group. Find out more.
The Bristol Theatre Parent Network has been set up after conversations between Pins and Needles Productions, Travelling Light Theatre Company and Theatre Bristol about the challenges of juggling parenthood with careers in theatre. The intention is to create a forum to support parents through advice, collaboration and potentially even offers of childcare to support work life balance. A Facebook page has been set up in the first instance while a survey asking parents what they would like to get out of such a group is conducted. We hope the community built online will translate into a regular network of parents who can meet together in Bristol, attend useful events and support and mentor each other.
Mothers Who Make is a peer support group and creative exchange session started by Matilda Leyser (Associate Director Improbable, Mother, Writer). It is for mothers who are artists – professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, actors, dancers, filmmakers, photographers…every kind of maker welcome, and every kind of mother. They meet monthly at Bristol Old Vic and the group is facilitated by one of the group.
For the past 2 years we’ve got together as theatre companies and artists to make a Bristol artist initiative, #BristolArtists. The collective aimed to help reduce costs by sharing resources, like transport and accommodation, and to raise the profile of everyone’s shows. If you’re going to Edinburgh you can join the Facebook page, and if you’re interested in a meet up beforehand email .
We want to help cancel out production waste and encourage more recycling among the arts. Creative and Sustainable is a space to make your unwanted items available to everyone else. Join the Facebook page.
In 2016 Tribe of Doris launched the Diverse Artists Network in Bristol, the aim being to bring together artists, venues and promoters so they can network and create partnerships. It has helped people working across the arts sector to understand the challenges faced by under represented artists hearing first hand what would make a difference. Tribe of Doris received Arts Council Funding to organise DAN networking meetings and CPD sessions and the momentum has led to individual and organisational memberships to take DAN forward.
The weekly bulletin is a snappy little newsletter written by a different member of our team each week, with the week’s most exciting theatre and cultural happenings delivered to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up, and you can also if you’d like to request to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.