transition: new professional development programme for the Welsh circus sector

NoFit State is happy to announce the launch of Transitions, a new year long programme of professional development support for the Welsh circus sector.

NoFit State is happy to announce the launch of a new year long programme of professional development support for the Welsh circus sector. The Transitions project, funded by Arts Council of Wales, aims to support Welsh circus artists, teachers and emergent companies at critical points of professional transition through providing targeted training, support and mentoring. 

The project will support three areas of practise:

Transitions: young artists 
aimed at youth circus graduates and young artists between the age of 18 - 25 

Transitions: teachers 
aimed at circus teacher looking to develop their engagement and outreach skills

Transitions: professional development
aimed at emergent companies and artists looking to develop their own work for the first time  


transitions: Young Artists

The Young Artists project aims to bridge the gap between graduating from youth circus and the next steps of your career progression. Whether it means securing a place in a circus school in the UK, Europe or further afield or by continuing independent training.  

Closing date for applications: 12 noon 21st September 

Apply here


transitions: teachers

This programme is open to circus teachers from across Wales and will include both direct teacher training sessions and complementary skills training such as behaviour management, increasing access and engagement. 

Details of teacher training sessions will be updated on the here as they are confirmed. 


transitions: professional development

Delivered in partnership with Circomedia and National Centre for Circus Arts, this year long programme of masterclasses is open to artists from across the UK.

Announcing the first three masterclasses:

Fundraising for Circus: Wales 
Circus and Risk 
Who you make work for and how to sell it 

Masterclasses are open to all UK circus professionals and cost £15 to attend. Thanks to the support of the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh-based practitioners can attend the sessions free of charge. Spaces are limited and will be on a first come first served basis. 

professional development micro fund 

This new micro fund, administered by NoFit State Circus, is open to application from any circus practitioner with a strong link to Wales. It could support covering the cost of attending external training, traveling to see work, hiring space, working with a creative collaborator or whatever will best support their professional and creative development.

First round deadline: 1st of October 

Apply here


Any Welsh based circus practitioner engaging with wider transitions project can apply to be matched with a professional development mentor. They will work together to define their future professional aspirations and develop a Personal Development plan. 


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