We are very happy to be working on some brilliant and inspiring partnership projects present and past...

The Island

The Circus helped to establish the Artspace Lifespace project in Bristol in 2005, taking on much of the core responsibilities to regenerate huge semi derelict buildings and then manage them as active creation spaces. We have always believed in putting something back into the community we are part of, and encourage and facilitate the coming together of the creative community as a means of impacting a positive change on blighted and deteriorating areas and buildings. The Circus was based at The Island creation station in Bristol City Centre from 2008 – 2011 and the project still houses artists and training spaces on the site.


The Island- Artspace Lifespace C.I.C
Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE


Website: www.theislandbristol.com
Facebook: The Island group & The-Island Bristol
Soundcloud: theislandbristol

Up and Out Network

Up and Out is a collaborative network of creative organisations across the UK committed to supporting the creation and development of work in the circus and street arts sectors. Additionally the network supports cross-over work between these genres and other areas of performing arts.


With the intention of developing and promoting work of the highest quality, with the greatest potential to succeed in the UK and European markets, the Up & Out Network is made up of:


SeaChange Arts, Great Yarmouth | Jacksons Lane, London | The Roundhouse, London | National Centre for Circus Arts, London | NoFit State Circus, Cardiff | Dance East, Ipswich | The Point, Eastleigh | 101, Newbury | Deda, Derby | The Invisible Circus, Bristol

For further information contact Becca Clayton on 0044 1493 745458 or email becca@seachangearts.org.uk


2012-2014 saw The Invisible Circus participate in the first Social Educircation project with support from the European Union’s Grundtvig Partnership Programme. We learnt a lot about teaching circus to various social groups in this time, and have continued to work voluntarily on a weekly basis with the children at Felix Road Adventure Playground in Easton, Bristol. If you would like to read more about this amazing project, or you are interested in getting involved, please visit Invisible Youth.


If you would like to read up on the results of this first Social Educircation project as a whole, please visit www.erasmusplus.org.uk


Bristol Circus City

Bristol Circus Forum is a collective of organisations in Bristol who work with the circus arts. We work together to develop circus in Bristol. Circus City Festival is the flagship project of the Bristol Circus Forum, and further projects are being developed.


The ambition of Bristol to become a city of circus is a guide to the work we do. This ambition includes activity around our creation spaces, training spaces, venues and artists lifestyles.


The members of the Bristol Circus Forum are:
Bristol City Council, The Island, Invisible Circus, Ausform, Cirque Bijou, Circomedia, Theatre Bristol

Creative Common 2012-2014

Creative Common was a new cultural destination in Bristol (between 2012 -2014) providing a creative hub in the heart of the city, showcasing a spectacular array of performers, artists, eateries & enterprises. Creative Common was brought to life by a partnership of The Invisible Circus, Co-exist, Circomedia, Bristol City Council, Temple Quay Enterprise Zone & Homes & Communities Agency.


In the middle of Creative Common was a Big Top tent which served as a unique multi-purpose event space for the project. Our aim was to produce a diverse programme of events and with theatre & performance productions both large and small scale as a big part of it. The size of the space made it suitable for immersive theatre/performance as well as more conventional sit-down theatre productions. We shaped Creative Common into a creative community space and everyone was very welcome to play a big part in shaping it!

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