The Invisible Circus: Launch Pad Residency

What Is Launch Pad?

As part of our commitment to supporting Bristol's emerging circus artists and companies, as well as those from further afield, we run a twice yearly residency scheme, with the aim of providing artists with in-kind space at one of our two Bristol venues (Unit 15 or The Loco Klub) and support from our experienced circus team, to devise, develop and make new and innovative work.

Selection Criteria

We are open to applications from emerging circus and theatre companies and individual artists, inside and outside of Bristol.

Initial assessment of applications will be based on the following:

  • Originality of idea.

  • Realism of proposal.

  • Potential for ongoing development.

  • Previous accomplishments.

  • Inclusivity and accessibility.

  • Evident consideration of the planned process.


Application Deadlines

The next round of Launch Pad Applications will now take place in January 2023.


This is due to needing to make space in the calendar for previous successful launch pad applicants, whose residencies had been delayed due to the pandemic.


Do keep an eye on our Instagram, newsletters and website for 2023 deadline updates!

For more information on the residency and application process download:


Launch Pad 2022

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Residency Package

We have a total of 28 days to allocate to artists for each round of the Launch Pad programme. This total is to be split across successful applicants, and across both of our residency venues in Bristol.


Residency Artists will receive:

  • In-kind use of either The Loco Klub or Unit 15 Creation Space (between 1 - 14 days in Bristol).

  • A letter of support from The Invisible Circus to help with future funding applications and project proposals.

  • Features on The Invisible Circus' social platforms and websites.

  • Support and advice from our highly experienced team.

Successful applicants are required to commit to:

  • Inclusion of the Invisible Circus logo and website on any promotional materials, PR, videos and event listings associated with the residency project.

  • A testimonial at the end of your residency for Invisible Circus and your experience of working with us.

  • Audience and participation data collection.


Plus one or more of the following:

  • A final piece showing (scratch event).

  • A talk or Q&A open to other artists.

  • A workshop open to other artists.

  • Mentoring a young artist (time).