A Seat at the Table

Online artist meetings

A Seat at the Table is an informal meeting place for freelance artists wanting to make and share work with children, young people and their families. This is a space for you to be seen and heard. Together we are questioning the status quo of working practises with freelance artists in the industry and finding tangible solutions.

Artists will connect by:

  • Making small steps together to impact greater positive changes to how we are placed in the industry
  • Opportunities to reflect with 'colleagues' in a way that those working in an office might through peer to peer advice
  • A space to soundboard and discuss artistic ideas
  • Building a 'Code of Care' toolkit to support the initial and often tricky negotiations with employers

A Seat at the Table was born from conversations with Associate Director Trina Haldar and The Spark Director, Adel Al-Salloum around access to information and support for freelance artists during a time of great uncertainty and particularly in the flow of the Black Lives Matter movement and the #WeShallNotBeRemoved campaign. This group was a response to create a space for dialogue and continues to be shaped by the needs of artists.

Meetings are chaired by Trina Haldar & the group is kept to a maximum of 10 people. Please do sign up to ensure you don't miss out.

Next meeting Thursday 3 December 10.30am - register here

Vital Spark aims to address the lack of diversity in the children's sector. We understand that an artist's social and political identities can combine to create different conditions of discrimination and privilege and we take an intersectional view to diversity. Therefore Vital Spark supports and presents work by artists who identify as one or more of the following, African diaspora people, South, East or South East Asian people, or ethnically diverse and/or D/deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent people.

You can read about conversations of previous Seat at the Table events by reading the Vital Spark Blog page https://vitalspark.blog/

Trina Haldar is Artistic Director of Mashi Theatre and Associate Director of the The Spark Arts for Children.