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Artist Advisory Group

The Artist Advisory Group at Yorkshire dance is a subcommittee of the Board of Directors that includes a number of freelance artists. There are always 2 independent artist on the Yorkshire Dance Board and they attend the Advisory Group and feed back to the Board the same way that other subcommittees do. The group has been operating since 2008 and reshaped early 2021.


The purpose of the group is to amplify the voice of a diverse group of independent artist in the programming and decision making at Yorkshire Dance with the aim of keeping these as informed and relevant as possible. Especially, the group has time and space for deeper reflection than there is time for during Board meetings. The nature of the group allows for a diversity of perspectives across dance-background, career-phase, age, gender and ethnicity.


The Artist Advisory Group’s main role is to be a critical friend and sounding board to some of the senior creative programming team at Yorkshire Dance.

Who is on it and why?

Current Board members – in order to provide connectivity with the Board of Directors.

A number of freelance artists who represent different perspectives* across age range, career-phase, age, gender and ethnicity. The creative programming staff: the CEO, the Programmes’ Director and the Artist Development Producer.

*Our current Artist Advisory Group includes: 

Alexah Tomey–Alleyne

Izzy Brittain 

George Fellows

Keira Martin

Bakani Pick-Up


How does it work?

  • We meet 4 times a year, in similar patterns to the main Board. Meetings are set by doodle poll facilitating as many people as possible to attend.
  • The agenda, usually prepared by the CEO, involves a reflection on previous activity and input in planning of new artistic events or relevant topics facing the organisation.
  • Artists bring their individual perspectives, questions and experiences which they enjoy sharing and testing with other artists.  They do not represent anything other than themselves.
  • Artist are paid to attend.

Criteria for artists joining

Artists need to have a commitment to developing the dance sector beyond their own practice and have the potential to thrive through the process of conversation. They have the ability to inspire others and have a sound professional conduct. They are based or partially based in Yorkshire or the North.

How do new artists join?

The new-style Artist Advisory Group is recruited through open call out in January of 2021. If you are interested to find out more, want to see the Terms and Conditions or would like to apply please drop an email to admin@yorkshiredance.com 

Terms & Conditions
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