The Cork City based creative hub, Circus Factory, have announced that they have received Arts Grants Funding from Arts Council Ireland for 2021, initiating an exciting programme of development opportunities for Circus Factory, and their large diverse artistic community.
The funding will also provide essential stability with the introduction of the first ever paid position of Artistic Director, taken up by Cormac Mohally (Lords of Strut/Body Brothers), as well as an Artist in Resident, who are the dynamic award-winning contemporary circus company, Loosysmokes.
As part of the funding, Circus Factory has launched an Artist Support Programme.
The Artistic Director said that “they were thrilled and overwhelmed by the applications to their Programme, a testament to how much the Arts and the Artists needs support at the moment”.
In addition, Circus Factory was also successful in its application to the Arts Council Capacity Building Support Scheme. This support scheme will allow Circus Factory to focus on key areas of its organisation, by engaging in consultation and mentorship with peer organisations, and industry experts. These activities include: Developing a sustainable youth programme with Galway Community Circus, Artistic Direction Mentorship with Graffiti Youth Theatre, Consultancy with fundraising specialist, Kevin Delaney of Academy Street Workshops, and other important projects.
Due to Covid-19 Level Five restrictions, there are, of course, no community classes or membership training taking place at the moment, but Circus Factory have recently provided online juggling classes for kids using Zoom, all of which sold out completely in under 48 hours.
They are now in talks with HSE and youth services, to produce Social Circus, to try and combat the mental health crisis throughout the ongoing situation with Covid-19 and beyond.
More information can be found at circusfactorycork.com and on social media, through Facebook and on Instagram.