Key Dates

UPDATED 5 Aug 2020


We have arranged for ODF members to access some virtual advice/support over the coming weeks to help you plan ahead or rethink your creative projects in light of the current uncertainty. There is capacity NOW for approx 8 members to have 2 hours FREE consulting time with either Nadia Rich or Miranda Laurence. If there is high demand will can look at adding more space later on!

Please email to sign up for this opportunity and we will put you in touch with your preferred mentor. Read about each of them below.

Nadia Rich – Producer

“I am local producer working with dance artists and theatre makers in Oxfordshire. Having recently completed a trainee producer position with ODF, I would like to offer consultations with dance artists about their work, projects and partnerships.

Skills I can share include:
– Audience development planning
– Partnerships advice and introductions
– Community engagement
– Digital strategy for new audiences

Please send a bit about your work and what you’d like to discuss in advance so I can prepare any resources that may be helpful for you.”

Miranda Laurence – Independent dance dramaturg

“Many of us artists are going full pelt at the moment to find ways to occupy our creative minds while there is little to no concrete work available in the near future. During this time, I’m able to offer dramaturgical support to dance artists through Oxford Dance Forum. I realise that it might not be the most conducive time to be making work, but perhaps it is just the right opportunity to revisit an old idea or to have an extended period of creative reflection on a piece of work that’s in progress or just completed.

I have often worked virtually as a dramaturg, over emails and Skype or phone calls. Even when working in person, I would say often around 50% of my work as a dramaturg is conversation based.

Through conversation, I can coach you through a thinking process or help you to articulate your reflections or your ideas. I am also able to look at video recording of your existing work, and reflect on this with you. I can give support at all stages of a creative process; whether you are dreaming up a new idea or wanting to take time to do some all-important reflection on a piece that you’ve finished and whose future you are considering. This could involve helping you to articulate the work for audiences and programmers.

For more detail on what we could focus on and how I approach my dramaturgy practice, you can take a look at my website:

I can offer support to up to four ODF member artists, who will get around 2 hours of my time over a period of a few weeks. We can work out what’s best for you and your project, but this might consist of a 30 minute introductory chat, some email exchanges and/or me looking at written or recorded material, and a further 30 minute conversation.

To apply, please write a paragraph with some information about you and your practice, the project you’d like support on, and what support you think you might need to progress it.”


Claire ThompsonArts Development Officer at Oxford City Council

Claire Thompson is also available to offer advice to local dance artists so do get in touch with any questions you have:

“Within my role of Arts Development Officer at OCC (with a specific focus on dance development) I remain committed to supporting artists (at all stage of their career) in whatever way is possible.

This includes face-to-face meetings, phone conversations etc to offer support and advice around fundraising, general information about dance in Oxford and more specific career / artistic development queries.

If I am unable to assist myself, I would always try to signpost to someone or somewhere that can!”

Claire Thompson, Arts Development Officer
Community Services, Oxford City Council
01865 252820 or 07747 475259


Oxford City Council Culture Fund 

Application dates for 2020

Round 3 – (Projects between 1 Dec 20 – 31 March 21)
Opens on Weds 16 Sept 2020
Closes on Weds 14 Oct 2020 (12pm)
Decision due Mon 2 November 2020

Apply to Culture Fund For advice email: with Culture Fund in the subject line.


Arts Council England – National Lottery Project Grants fund to re-open on 22 July

National Lottery Project Grants – The fund is open to all individual artists, community and cultural organisations to support arts, museums and libraries projects. This fund is now open. They are keen to support first time applicants.

Who can apply: Individual artists and practitioners, community and cultural organisations, museums and libraries.

What you can apply for: Arts, museums and libraries projects that engage people in England with creativity and culture. Key dates: National Lottery Project Grants is open all the time, there are no deadlines.

South East Dance are holding group advisory sessions on zoom, the next one is on Tue 15 Sept: book via eventbrite. They are also offering 1-2-1 support and can read your ACE application before you submit. Contact to book a slot.