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Welcome to Christine Hamilton Consulting We specialise in cultural and creative industries policy research and are able to undertake a range of consultancy projects, large and small.  We also have expertise in leading organisations, project management and business start up and development in the arts and creative industries. You will find here information about projects — current and past — and a regular update on issues affecting the creative industries.

I am tired of the sound of my own voice

Christine’s contribution to the Federation of Scottish Theatre meeting on 7 December 2016 on gender and theatre can be found here.

Where are the women?

In  March Christine and others completed a report on an analysis of creative roles by gender in Scottish theatre 2014/15 — published to coincide with International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8 March.  A copy of the report can be found here –  Where are the women?_ 8 March 2016

Consultancy Projects

Christine is currently working with Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival to support them in preparing their next business plan.

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival – Following work on supporting the festival in development of a new business model and plan in 2013, Christine returned to the region to support them in launching a new project to support preforming arts touring across the region.  Building on the links and partnerships the festival currently enjoys with a range of promoters and producers, the plan was to launch a scheme which will offer audiences in Dumfries and Galloway the chance to see work from across Scotland and beyond throughout the year.  The 2015 festival was the most successful to date and part of that success was down to a new approach in engaging promoters — some voluntary, some professional — in bringing work to their town or village which excited local audiences. A meeting to discuss the proposals was held in Castle Douglas on 1 September 2016 and this was followed by a successful funding application to Creative Scotland to support the new venture under the banner Arts Live.

Scotland: A place for playwrights?

Christine worked with Fraser White on a consultancy project for Playwrights Studio Scotland and the Scottish Society of Playwrights to examine the state of playwriting and playwrights in Scotland.  The report included research drawn from a survey of Scottish playwrights and interviews with emerging and established writers.  Follow the links to the full report and a report on the survey.

Scottish Drama Training Network

Christine worked with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Management Board for Scottish Drama Touring Network (SDTN) in preparing a new fundraising strategy for SDTN.

Critical Response Process

Christine Hamilton trained in Critical Response Process (CRP) with Liz Lerman.  CRP is a four stage process which invites feedback from an audience to an arts presentation.  It works because it allows the artist to hear critical responses to the work in a way which is helpful and supportive.  It works well as part of a post -show discussion or as a feedback session for work-in-progress with an invited group of other artists.  Christine has delivered CRP sessions in theatre and puppetry – including sessions with children.  While her main interest is in theatre, she is happy to work in all artforms.   As a guideline, the fee for running a session is £150 for half day plus expenses.  If you are interested in inviting Christine along to run a session, contact her on christinehamiltonconsulting@gmail.com