Open Space

Open Space – no agenda, no plans, no boundaries… You decide the discussion.

Tuesday 17 November


Ballet Cymru, Creu Cymru, Groundwork Pro, Kokoro Arts and National Dance Company Wales are co-hosting an Open Space event about dance in Wales.

Open Space events are created as spaces to discuss and problem solve together, with an agenda that is set in real time on the day of the event by those attending.

We’ll be aiming to discuss just one question:
How can we work together to create a fairer and sustainable future for dance in Wales?

This event is for anyone who has experience of working in dance in Wales.

You’ll be able to contribute in Welsh, English or BSL. If you have any other access requirements, just let us know when booking a space.

We welcome freelancers, hobbyists, people who work in arts venues, and both publicly and privately funded dance organisations.

We understand the extra pressure freelance artists and workers are currently under, and National Dance Company Wales are able to offer freelance artists a payment of £125 to attend this day-long event. Scroll down to our FAQ for more information on this.

The Event

Open Space events are run by and for those attending, with the agenda being set in real timeon the day to tackle issues that those at the event feel passionately about.

Before the event we ask just one question to be considered:
How can we work together to create a fairer and sustainable future for dance in Wales?

This question will form the root of all other discussions during the day in ‘break out rooms’, which participants are free to suggest, attend and swap between.

The aim is to problem solve, and create and discuss ideas that may then spark action and be a catalyst for change.

The partner organisations will then work together to disseminate findings as well as encouraging resulting actions points.

The event will be a relaxed environment – so feel free to log off, turn off your video or mute yourself whenever you want; children are also very welcome


This event will be run via Zoom and be digitally looked after by Improbable – experts in Open Space Events.

The day will be facilitated by Yvonne Murphy

Yvonne read Drama at Manchester University (1988-91) before going on to train as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (1991-2) and as a teacher of English & Drama at UCL (1995-6). Yvonne has been a freelance Theatre Director, Creative Producer and Creative Practitioner and Consultant since 1992 working across the UK and Internationally.

In 2008 Yvonne created Omidaze Productions and was awarded an Arts Council of Wales Clore Fellowship in 2013. Yvonne has been made an Associate Artist of Wales Millennium Centre, Theatr Iolo and Artis Community and has been a board member of Chapter, Cardiffand Awen Cultural Trust. She is an elected councillor for Penarth Town Council and stood as a Parliamentary Candidate in the 2019 General Election.

Yvonne works across the Cultural & Creative, Democracy and Corporate sectors and is particularly interested in the intersection between Culture and Democracy, Access and Engagement, Alternative Economic and Business Models and Creative Learning and is motivated by collaboration, co-creation, creative thinking & problem solving and supporting others to become the individuals and organisations they have the potential to be.



9.45am-11.15am: Opening Circle

11.15am-12.15pm: Session 1

12.15pm-1.15pm Session 2


1.45pm-2.45pm Session 3

2.45pm – 3.15pm Closing Circle



Who is this event for?

This event is for anyone working with and in dance in Wales including:

- Dance artists and companies
- Dance Teachers
- Those working in venues that present dance
- Programmers
- Agencies
- Festivals
- Academics and students
- Community dance activists
- Publicly and Privately funded organisations
- Volunteers

I can’t attend the whole event, can I still come?

Yes. It’s really helpful if everyone attending is there for the opening circle, as this is where the intention for the day is set and the group beings to work together; so if you can’t make the whole day we suggest attending the morning session, then stay for as many break outsessions as you are able.

The event will be a relaxed environment – so feel free to log off, turn off your video or mute yourself whenever you want; children are also very welcome.

I have access needs – can you accommodate me on Zoom?

Yes; when you sign up to the event, there will be a short form to fill out about language preferences and access requirements – just let us know what you need.

I’m a freelancer and will lose work if I attend this – can you help?

Open Space is free to attend for all, but NDCWales is offering payment for freelancer workers to make up for potential lost income in attending.

We can pay up to 24 freelance workers to attend Open Space to ensure that the important freelance voice is heard.  

There is no application process, simply select ‘freelance worker ticket’ when checking out.

By securing a ‘freelance worker’ ticket for this event you are confirming the following:

By securing a freelance paid place at this event, I confirm:

•     I am a freelancer working predominantly in Wales and that my work intersects with the Welsh dance sector, as an artist, designer, producer, programmer, educator, or other relevant role

•     I confirm I am responsible for paying my own tax and National Insurance

•     I confirm that I cannot receive any other payments for attending this event, such as from an employer or organisation asking me to represent them

•     I understand that the fee is contingent on my attendance of the ‘Opening and Closing circles’ as well as ‘break out’ conversations.

I understand that I will be paid upon receipt of a valid invoice following the event and completion of a new supplier form if required, and that payment can take up to 30 days from receipt of invoice.

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