Supporting Theatre Artists and Makers of Performance
STAMP is a group of London-based venues and organisations who support and produce new theatre and performance work. The STAMP network consists of over 50 organisations including Battersea Arts Centre, Barbican Centre, National Theatre, Omnibus Theatre, Ovalhouse, Shoreditch Town Hall and many more.
STAMP’s mission is practical collective action to improve the ways in which artists are supported by our organisations and the industry, and are valued in society more widely.
“In person, and via research we commissioned in 2014, CPT artists told us loudly and clearly that they wanted joined-up thinking, transparency and collaboration between London venues and artist support programmes. STAMP is the result, and we’re thrilled it’s happening. Alongside our partner organisations, we at CPT are dedicated to ensuring STAMP makes London a more accommodating, easy-to-navigate and creative landscape for artists making new theatre and performance.” Brian Logan, Artistic Director of CPT
The organisations who are part of STAMP have different approaches to a common goal: to support brilliant artists to make new live work. We came together because we think that by sharing knowledge and ideas, and by taking practical collective action, we can improve the way we work and ensure theatre and performance made in and from London.
STAMP meets monthly to:
- Share artist support news. This is so we get to know one another’s work better, increasing opportunities for the artists we work with by improving signposting to the resources and contacts that may be useful to them
- Discuss practical challenges we’re facing as organisations and across the wider industry, and what solutions we could work towards together
- Talk through a pertinent or thorny topic. What are the challenges to developing new work? How might Brexit affect arts funding? How can we better ensure artists’ diversity
- Strategise collective action, for example planning a series of events to connect artists and organisations
We have published a database containing information on how STAMP venues support artist development and programming. You can access via the STAMP website.