Freelance Dance Artists’ Working Ecology – Gathering February 2023

Facilitated by freelance artists Latisha Cesar and Katye Coe alongside Karen Wood from Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research, This ‘gathering’ brought together freelance dance artists, organisations, academics, politicians and practitioners with an investment in freelance working. It is the culmination of a year-long project, funded by the British Academy Innovation Fellowship that was awarded to Karen Wood and delivered in collaboration with One Dance UK and 20 freelance artists from the UK.

Focusing on collectivity, we delivered an event that was not a traditional symposium format – we wanted to gather people who would commit to action.The gathering centred care and access, facilitated collective conversations and based our interactions on deep listening and attention.