Case Study: Oops
The Swallowsfeet Collective is a partnership of five independent dance artists; Jessica Miller, Rosa Firbank, Sivan Rubinstein, Gordon Raeburn, Jessica Lea Haener. As artist programmers and curators, they provide valuable retreat-style talent development for independent artists across the globe. Since 2013, they have supported over 100 artists from 13 countries and showcased 85+ original performance works in six venues.
Their OOPS platform, events and festival has gained recognition in the sector for “great curatorial eye” (The Old Market) and character defining “commitment for small-scale, edgy, thought-provoking work” (Nicholas Minns, Writing About Dance).
Swallowsfeet is in a new phase of organisational development, with big ambitions, sometimes challenged by limited resources.
always possible was appointed to help the ensemble make some bold decisions about the future of OOPS festival and ways to maximize engagement and artistic impact – a plan for sustainable growth, including earning income outside of Arts Council and other grant subsidy and a strategy for increasing influence and strategic reach with new stakeholders and audiences.
- Strategy workshops
- Mentoring and guidance
- Support with writing documents and applications
- Stakeholder engagement
- Now | Next | Later plan ✓
- New direction of thinking ✓
- Support accessing emergency Covid-19 grant funding ✓
- Mentoring ✓
- Brokerage and introductions to new networks ✓