Learning circus arts enables you to see beyond self-perceived limitations. It helps you to tell new stories about yourself in ways you didn’t know were possible, share them and witness others discovering theirs too.

In all our diverse learning environments, Upswing use innovative teaching techniques to bring learners together and encourage them to raise their aspirations. It’s then that they can gain the skills and confidence they need to discover extraordinary new things.

A woman helps another woman onto an aerial hoop

In recent years we have run residencies and commissioned artists to further professional and creative development; created a space for open conversation and question-asking with our 101 retreat and Slow Thinking;  emboldened older people with Falling/Flying and Homemade Circus, and ignited young people’s imaginations with our work in libraries.

You can learn and engage with Upswing’s work through your school or college, high energy workshops in public spaces, artistic development or collaboration within the sector.

Two women help a young boy onto an aerial hoop“I learnt you can do anything if you try.”
Workshop participant, aged 8

“I realise I have been underestimating my customers.”
Care Home Manager

“I was gently encouraged to extend myself beyond my own expectations of duration and stamina.”
Bungee Masterclass Participant

“I finally felt confident that a producer understood that my work was a little bit different from the live art and circus work that was out there.”
Artist Residency Participant