A Cardiff-based circus company has launched a new associates programme to “nurture the next generation” of artists.
NoFit State Circus’ Associate Artists programme will support circus makers with mentoring as well as opportunities to use the organisation’s equipment and training space.
This is currently a pilot scheme, but the organisation hopes to support up to three artists or companies a year.
Tom Rack, artistic director of NoFit State said: “NoFit State started at a time when there were no circus schools, no circus funding and a cultural vacuum of contemporary circus.
“These days the landscape is very different although it is just as difficult for young artists and companies to make the transition into making and touring their own work.
“As the ageing pioneers of UK contemporary circus, we want to foster, encourage, support and nurture the next generation, so our art form continues to grow and develop exponentially.”
Involvement in the programme will be through invitation, however NoFit State is welcoming artists and companies to get in touch.
Participation in the programme will be for a set length of time, which could range from 12 months to five years, depending on how NoFit State can best support the artist.
Post-contemporary circus group Company-ish has been announced as the first to join the initiative.
The initiative is supported by the Fenton Arts Trust.