GATHER UP is an artist-led initiative. 

We hope to nurture and invigorate the existing and developing practices of professional dance artists in Bristol.

Between January 2019 and July 2020, GATHER UP will offer a programme of dance activity with a particular focus on contemporary movement practice and choreography. This will include: a weekly Monday morning class; four full-day movement and choreographic workshops led by visiting artists; and a pilot for the Library of People.

We are building on a pilot of morning classes led by Laila Diallo and Lisa May Thomas in 2016-2017. Held originally at Dance Space, then at the University of Bristol's Student Union, these classes were more recently supported by Coexist at Hamilton House. 

We have now found a number of new homes across the city for GATHER UP, including Circomedia, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol Old Vic and Trinity Centre.

The GATHER UP team is Katherine Hall, Laila Diallo, Lisa May Thomas. 

Our Safe Spaces commitment:

GATHER UP hopes to contribute to the development of contemporary dance training and the sharing of dance practices in a healthy, inclusive and accessible way.

We aim to provide safe welcoming spaces to train and develop together within our programme.

GATHER UP is committed to being part of and encouraging dynamic conversation, active listening, collaboration, sharing, solidarity and empathy to develop the voice of dance artists and practitioners that engage with our activity.

When you attend a workshop, class, meeting, event or gathering, come as you are. You are welcome. Take part as you need to, adapt as you need to, give space to what you need. We ask everyone to look out for the needs of each other and to respect each other and our differences.

The invited teaching artists and collaborators that we are working with honour this commitment too.

This Safe Spaces commitment is a work-in-progress. Please be in touch if you have any feedback or have suggestions of how we could support your needs:

GATHER UP is working in collaboration with project partners Bristol Old Vic, Circomedia, Tobacco Factory Theatres and Trinity Centre and supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by Trinity Community Arts through their TCI scheme.