Lead Artist Call -Out

We’re looking for a London-based Lead Artist to work with us throughout 2023 on Homemade Circus, a Circus-based residency programme created in partnership with Anchor Hanover Care Homes and Excelcare Homes.

Type: Contract
Deadline to apply: 1st August 2022, 5pm
Start Date: September 2022
Fee: £5000 for approx 20 days (5 days September – December 2022 and 15 days January – August 2023).

This is a London-based project; travel, accommodation, per diems will be covered for any required work outside London. Non-UK based performers must have the right to work in the UK. 

Homemade Circus is a groundbreaking project that brings our playful practice and the excitement of Circus into care homes. It offers staff and residents together an opportunity to discover hidden talents and potential in themselves and in each other.

The Lead Artist will work with Upswing to develop and oversee the creative delivery of the Homemade Circus programme. You’ll work with Upswing’s Artistic Director and specialist advisors to expand existing activity structures and to refine the training programme for a team of up to 6 Circus practitioners. We will be working in care homes across London and South-East England.

If you are a Circus practitioner who wants to develop skills in Circus practice for and with older people, or if you are an artist/performer who already has significant experience of engagement and participatory work in a care home environment we would like to hear from you.

For more information on what you’ll be doing, project milestones and essential skills click the buttons below. To find out more about Homemade Circus click here

To Apply:

Email your application to: recruitment@upswing.org.uk with HOMEMADE CIRCUS in the subject line. 

Send your CV or performance/work history and cover letter (up to 2 sides A4) explaining your interest in this work. Please refer to the list of essential skills above and tell us specifically how your experiences, skills and interests meet what we’re looking for and what you can bring to the project.

We welcome applications in other formats, if you would like to send your application as an audio or video file please contact us

Please also complete Upswing’s Equal Opportunities Form alongside your application by clicking on this link https://forms.gle/hsHR7ubv4mGn31QaA

Upswing celebrates, amplifies and platforms the skills, creative talents and stories of diverse artists and communities. We strongly encourage applications from artists of all backgrounds and experience.  

The Upswing team would be very happy to talk about the overall Homemade Circus project and to answer any questions you might have before applying – please contact us on recruitment@upswing.org.uk.