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Circus & Physical Theatre (CaPT) Update: October 2022

Deadline Extended for New CaPT Roles

This year’s Melbourne Fringe has been a huge one (!), so to give everyone a bit more breathing room we have decided to extend the application deadlines for our new CaPT roles from Monday 24 October to Monday 7 November.

More info and application details here.

Take note: there is some flexibility in these roles, and we are keen to get a team of excellent people working with us on these projects, so if you are interested or have a proposal, please get in touch for a chat.

Collingwood Building Update

TNA is keenly aware of the urgent need to get the Collingwood building reopened, especially following the injection of funding into the sector and the continuing scarcity of space. 

Our own analysis of the situation is that as the Victorian State election is soon (26th November), government will have limited capacity to get through everything on the ‘urgent’ list before entering caretaker mode. With the floods now the most pressing thing for the government to be dealing with, we can’t see anything happening before the election, but we are strongly advocating that the next government get onto this as a top priority post-election. 

Nicole and I have been meeting regularly with staff from both the Creative Industries and Governance & Infrastructure branches of Creative Victoria, to keep this matter high on their agendas. 

We are also making efforts to establish a good relationship with Victoria’s new Minister for Creative Industries, Steve Dimopoulos. Nicole was able to meet with the Minister’s Advisor in his first few months to keep him abreast of the situation and advocate for the needs of the sector.

We do know that the lease negotiations with Circus Oz are still ongoing, for them to have a home there along with the wider sector. 

The wheels of government move very slowly, and I empathise with the frustration and angst felt across the sector. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me to share your stories of how this is affecting you and your practice – these stories are incredibly helpful in supporting our advocacy efforts. Please continue to keep in touch.

Dates Announced: Sector Capacity Building Programs

*Note: dates listed below are indicative and subject to change.

CaPT Independent Producers Initiative – Producer Lab
This initiative will support four CaPT independent producers who are based in Victoria or who work with Victorian artists. Producers will be paid part-time for twelve months to support their independent producing practice while they participate in a co-learning environment.

Dates for the Producer Lab are as follows:

  • December 12, 2022:  Applications open 
  • January 31, 2023:  Applications close 
  • February 2023:  Recipients notified  
  • April 2023 – March 2024:  10 x Producer Labs

Positions will be prioritised for applicants from TNA’s target groups – more info coming soon on the TNA website about eligibility criteria and the application process.

Circus Riggers Ticket Upgrade Initiative
This initiative will support up to thirty riggers over two years to increase their ticket level. The aim of this initiative is to increase the overall level of certification within the industry, so (amongst other considerations) priority will be given to applicants who are upgrading existing tickets and to those with significant circus experience.

Dates for the 2023 round of ticket upgrades are as follows:

  • March 2023: EOIs open (Round 1)
  • May 2023: Recipients notified (Round 1)

More details to come in early 2023 on selection criteria and the EOI process.

Diverse New Rigger Scholarships

This initiative will support two aspiring riggers from under-represented demographics to undertake twelve months of training and accreditation to become qualified emerging circus riggers. More information about this program to come in early 2023.

  • June/July 2023: EOIs open for new rigger scholarships

Australian First Nations Circle 

This initiative will support the establishment of a national Australian First Nations Circle for the Circus and Physical Theatre sector.

  •  January-March 2023: Recruitment of circle members.
  • April 2023: Circle meetings begin.
  • The Circle will meet regularly online until the end of the project in December 2024. 
  • Two in-person gatherings of the Circle will be held, one in 2023 and one in 2024.


Stay tuned for more details on each of these programs in the coming months.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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