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.

  • Bristol Theatre Parents
  • DIY Arts
  • Bristol Dance Futures
  • Bristol Arts Marketing
  • Theatre South West

Bristol Theatre Parents

As part of our A/W Programme 22-23 we are offering a series of events and opportunities aimed at supporting freelance parents and carers who work in performing arts.

If you’d like to join this network and be kept up-to-date about these and other relevant events, opportunities and resources then you can add your details in the form below.



Jesse Meadows (Parent and Wardrobe Ensemble) is managing a WhatsApp group, which you can sign up to below.

“A support network for Bristol parents working in the theatre industry – to connect and share feelings, experiences and resources. This is your tribe!”



Bristol Theatre Parents: creating a support network



Eloise (our General Manager) co-chairs the DIY Arts Network alongside Elise Hurcombe (Bristol City Council). Theatre Bristol also provides administration and marketing support for the network. Our participation in DIY enables us to advocate and lobby on behalf of artists and freelance creatives to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed and escalated to Bristol City Council, the West of England Combined Authority and Bristol’s One City Culture Board.

The Bristol DIY Arts Network is an independent gathering of arts organisations and freelance creatives, large and small, funded (Arts Council, Bristol City Council) and unfunded, all of whom deliver cultural projects and performances 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.

You can find out more about Bristol’s DIY Arts Network here or sign up to the newsletter.

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bristol arts marketing

Bristol Arts Marketing or BAM is open to anyone working in arts marketing in Bristol and Bath. They meet regularly to share updates and discuss citywide campaigns and initiatives. Currently, the network has over 250 members.

Bristol Arts Marketing coordinated the recent #LoveBristolArts campaign – a celebration of the arts in Bristol during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Contact Jamie Harber to join.

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Bristol Dance Futures arose out of work led by Theatre Bristol and independent artists in 2016, supported by Pavilion Dance South West and Bristol City Council. Via our CEO Theatre Bristol currently chair the Steering Group.

After a period of time exploring constituting as a charity, and delivering activity via the Moving Bristol programme, Bristol Dance Futures is now entering a new phase which will see it strip back its role as a deliverer, embedding the legacy of Moving Bristol into other organisations and providing clarity on its role as provider of space for coordinated, strategic conversations.

What does Bristol Dance Futures look like going forward:

  • 4 meetings each year of the BDF Steering Group
  • Steering group members are able to nominate themselves
  • The Chair of the group will rotate each year and be recruited each year from within the SG
  • The Chair will organise two meetings each year of the BDF Open Network, open to anyone working across the cultural sector in Bristol who has a specific interest or remit around Dance.

The consortium is currently led by a Steering Group consisting of Emily Williams (Theatre Bristol), Rhiannon Jones (Trinity Community Arts), Phil Owen (Arnolfini), Nic Young (Circomedia), Helen Cole (In Between Time), Deepraj Singh (Artist Representative) and independent Lauren Scholey. 

Previous steering group members include: Katy Noakes (Independent), Laila Diallo (Independent), Gabbie Cook (Independent), Zannah Chisholm (PDSW) and Nicolas Yong (Circomedia). 

If you would like to know more please contact Producer, Deborah Baddoo

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You can read more about Bristol Dance Futures here.

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Theatre south west


Theatre South West (TSW) is the region’s network of organisations that support the strategic development of theatre.

Originally established to deliver the Theatre Locality Plans, TSW enhances members’ local development work by providing links to related expertise throughout the SW.

We are committed to sharing expertise and knowledge generously to benefit theatre on an individual and collective level.

The orgs currently part of the group are:

  • Theatre Bristol
  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Take Art (Somerset)
  • Theatre Orchard (North Somerset)
  • Activate (Dorset)
  • Proteus (Hampshire)
  • Strike a Light (Gloucestershire)
  • Beaford (N Devon)
  • Hall for Cornwall (Cornwall)

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