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Launch Pad Residency 2023

What Is Launch Pad?

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting emerging circus and performance artists and companies, we run a twice yearly residency programme called Launch Pad.

This aims to provide artists with in-kind, exclusive use of Unit 15 creation space, 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

ROUND 1: 13th January 2023

(for residencies taking place between 30th January - 1st July 2023)


ROUND 2: 5th June 2023

(for residencies taking place between 3rd July - 29th December 2023)

For more information on the residency programme and application process download the PDF by clicking on the link below:


Launch Pad 2023 - PDF Info Pack

Click here to open the application form!

To talk to us:


Telephone: 01179413857


Residency Package

We have a total of 14 days to allocate to artists for each round of Launch Pad. This total is to be shared between successful applicants (it is rare that the full 14 days are allocated to 1 applicant).


Residency Artists will receive:

  • In-kind use of Unit 15 (between 1 - 14 days)

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

  • Features on The Invisible Circus' social platforms and websites

Successful applicants must commit to:

  • Including the Invisible Circus logo on any promotional materials, videos and event listings associated with the residency project

  • Provide a testimonial at the end of your residency for Invisible Circus and your experience of working with us, to be shared publicly

  • Provide audience and participation data collection


Plus one or more of the following:

  • Final piece showing (scratch event)

  • Public talk or Q&A

  • Workshop open to other artists

  • Mentor session with an emerging artist

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