Circus Circus Circus

A diverse group of 12 people sit outside on picnic benches, smiling.

Circus Circus Circus is a talent development programme created by Upswing in collaboration with Certain Blacks, an organisation that advocates for underrepresented artists.

The two-year mentoring and creation programme aims to support artists whose identity of work is outside of the mainstream. Working with a group of ethnically and culturally diverse, LGBTQI+ and disabled artists, Year One included a two-week dedicated creative residency at 101 Creation Space  followed by mentoring over the subsequent year. This culminated in a Year Two public showcase event at Hoxton Hall featuring the pieces created by the artists.

The programme has resulted in two successful bids to Arts Council England from participating artists to further develop their projects and one artist shortlisted for CircusNext – a prestigious EU-funded project to support creation and diffusion to emerging contemporary circus makers.

“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”
Symone, Performance Artist

“Residencies supporting the creation of new circus work are far and few, let alone opportunities targeting diverse voices. Circus, Circus, Circus is
addressing head on a lack of diverse bodies, voices and narratives on stage.”
Kevin Wratten, Roundhouse Circus Programme Producer