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.

European Cultural Parliament

I was fortunate to attend the European Cultural Parliament in Prinstina, Kosova from 3rd -6th October.  The meeting adopted two resolutions passed –  one on issues specifically on the Ukrainian situation, and one on issues on culture across Europe.

Arts and the Scottish Referendum

In the run up to the vote on 18 September, some reflections on how the arts are engaging in the debate. Yes or No, that is the answer, and another article for Stratagem’s series of discussions on the referendum.

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

Women in Theatre Scotland: Where next?

Thanks to all who came along to the Traverse on 26th September to discuss this issue.  As said at the time, the response to the event was overwhelming.  I also want to thank those who could not make it along but who before and after the event made a special effort to talk to me about this is question and express their support for any action.  You are part of this too. Attached are the contributions from the three speakers and notes on the discussion which followed.

The key question now is where next?  A few of us kicked this off, but this does not imply that we have all the answers – nor that this is a centrally run campaign.  Our intention was to raise the issue and see where it took us.  Nevertheless, if there is to be change, it is helpful if there is some kind of coordination and the circulation of this report on proceedings is a contribution towards that.  I am happy to continue to circulate information and provide a space for people to share ideas.

It was sheer serendipity which saw this event followed up by a week of theatre at the Tron under the title ‘Reclaim the F Word’ and many congratulations to Julia Taudevin for putting together a great platform and presenting such an interesting range of work.

Meanwhile there is a Facebook page established by writers – Feminist Scottish Theatres Network –and Nicola McCartney, Chair of the Scottish Society of Playwrights has posted:

The women playwrights have been meeting together for a while to chat about this issue. We have come up with an idea that we try to organise some sort of theatre industry forum event in early December this year to facilitate a discussion on the way forward. Possibly followed by a direct action day around International Women’s day in March. What do you think?

There were several issues that I am happy to coordinate and to take the lead. The issue of data is central to making the case and I will be working with others in lobbying both Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government.  I am also interested in building alliances across artforms- this is not an issue which is just relevant to theatre.  All support on these welcome!

Finally thanks to Equity, Federation of Scottish Theatre, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland,  Scottish Society of Playwrights for supporting the event; to the Traverse for giving the space and to their staff for being so helpful; and to Jon Morgan for taking notes.

Thanks are also due to Max Beckmann from Equity and Blandine Pélissier  from H/F Network, France, to Anne Withers Tradeecosse who was on hand to help with translation for Blandine and to Sheena McDonald for her expert chairing.

Christine Hamilton