Webinar Wednesdays for Professionals [Recording] - Kim Simpson

Webinar Wednesdays (Wed 24 Jun - Wed 29 Jul 2020) was a series of free resources for professional dance artists. Each session focused on skills that may be particularly resonant, practical, and nourishing during the pandemic, and that may help us reimagine future realities.

Missed a Webinar Wednesday? No problem, you can watch recordings of the webinars at a time convenient for you. 

Each webinar took place on Zoom, hosted by The Place's Artist Development Producer Amy Bell. Closed captions are available, please select on the YouTube controls to make them visible.


Marginalisation and Change: How can artists work in these times? with Kim Simpson (15 Jul 20)

The impact of Covid-19 on the performing arts sector is huge and artists are also dealing with the shifts in context that it has catalysed. What has become even more visible is the inequalities in our society and in the arts and this raises many big questions that we must grapple with together:

  • How do artists and independents work in these times of change without obscuring, colonising and further marginalising the people and territories that already existed in the margins?
  • How do we embrace and understand alternative modes of working when the spaces and ways marginalised people have been working are at risk of being overwhelmed and uncredited?
  • How do we as artists and independents work positively to address the systemic injustices in our world and community that were always there but are now in starkest relief?
  • How do we collaborate across power dynamics?
  • How do we decolonise our own minds and our work, divest of our own problematic practices, unlearn what we’ve been told is the “right” way and move towards collaboration, cooperation and generative, generous practices?

Referencing her own collaborators, learning, tools, processes and values, Kim Simpson led a discussion to begin unpicking some of these questions.

Note for clarity: Kim and Mele Broomes work on Freelance Task Force which is not with people of colour as stated in the webinar, but specifically Black Scottish Freelancers.

Here are some useful links to resources and people that Kim references during his webinar:


About Kim Simpson
Working from her base in Glasgow under the name Blood and Bone, Kim Simpson is a consciously and fiercely independent curator, producer, facilitator and coach. Kim uses her lived experiences of disability and exclusion in her work with people, organisations, institutions and networks, drawn to the 'connective tissue' of arts and culture, making links, sharing knowledge, strengthening collaboration, relationships and systems and empowering creative, energising and ecological working bringing her passions for learning, equalities and connecting people and ideas in a global world and interconnected time. Kim is less concerned with what we do than with how we do it.

Kim collaborates on artist and sector relations with Take Me Somewhere, artistic programme with Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival and on strategic, facilitation, consulting, research and evaluation projects with Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Federation of Scottish Theatre, Collective Gallery, Creative Scotland and Unlimited. Kim is a Clore Leadership Fellow, an ISPA Global Fellow and an active member of IETM.

Twitter @kim_shift 

Webinar Wednesdays for Professionals: Recordings

Webinar Wednesdays was a series of free resources for professional dance artists.

Webinar Wednesdays for Professionals [Recording] - Prince Laryea

Webinar Wednesdays (Wed 24 Jun - Wed 29 Jul 2020) was a series of free resources for professional dance artists.

Webinar Wednesdays for Professionals [Recording] - Viv Gordon

Webinar Wednesdays (Wed 24 Jun - Wed 29 Jul 2020) was a series of free resources for professional dance artists.