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Victorian CaPT Funded Projects Announced

The Australia Council for the Arts has today announced successful recipients of funding through the recent Circus and Physical Theatre project grant round. They have also announced a program of capacity building initiatives that TNA is delighted to be delivering to the sector.

TNA is pleased to see many extraordinary projects and artists from our sector being supported to create, explore and develop. We know that the round was very competitive, so we are also aware that there are many great ideas that didn’t receive support this time.

We look forward to working closely with the sector over the coming two years to deliver targeted support directly to CaPT artists & practitioners.

Read the Australia Council media release here.


Sector Capacity Building Projects

From 2023 – 2024, TNA will be partnering with the Australia Council to deliver a program of capacity building initiatives for the Circus and Physical Theatre sector. These programs have been developed in direct response to TNA’s consultation with the sector, offering support where it is needed most.

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

The initiative includes:

  • professional development for circle members,
  • development of a First Nations action plan for the sector,
  • engaging an emerging First Nations producer to coordinate the circle, who will be supported with professional development in arts management and advocacy.

As an Australian First Nations-only space, the Circle will be empowered to explore complex and widespread sector issues such as representation, cultural safety, and organisational accountability.

CaPT Independent Producers Initiative
Modelled on TNA’s successful Victorian Independent Producers Initiative (VIPI), this initiative will support CaPT independent producers across Australia who work with Victorian artists. It will increase the size and the diversity of the CaPT producing pool, targeting the lack of independent producing capacity currently facing the CaPT sector.

The initiative includes:

  • a transformative Emerging Producers Lab,
  • a Salon Series of workshops and events,
  • a program of coaching sessions for artists.

The lab will have four participants chosen by EOI, paid for twelve months part-time in a co-learning environment. Across 18 months TNA will run nine Producer Salons open to the wider CaPT sector, including national online salons, and a national Coaching Program that pairs ten producers with ten artists for one-on-one sessions.

Safe & Sustainable Circus Rigging Initiative
This program will support circus riggers to meet the critical need of the Victorian sector for qualified and knowledgeable riggers. This follows TNA’s research highlighting rigger shortages and under-qualification.

The initiative will:

  • support thirty riggers over two years to increase their ticket level,
  • support two aspiring riggers from under-represented demographics to undertake twelve months of training and accreditation to become qualified emerging circus riggers.

Through this initiative, TNA will also:

  • drive development of circus-specific rigging training,
  • establish an Australian Circus Riggers Network & Database,
  • consult towards the development of national safety standards for circus rigging.

Stay tuned for more details about 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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