This March, Promenade are running in-person focus groups on Achill Island (6 March), Dublin (8 March), Cork (11 March) as well as an online workshop (10 March) plus a sectoral survey (deadline 14 March midnight).

The Arts Council has contracted Kath Gorman and colleagues from Promenade to conduct a research initiative focusing on the state of building-based infrastructures for circus in Ireland and how they relate to the needs of the circus sector.

The aim of this research is to identify the quality and availability of current resources nationwide and to create a guide for future infrastructural developments in circus based on sectoral needs. The process will include establishing standards of best practice for circus creation and training spaces.

This will be to share your direct experience in using circus spaces and contribute to shaping the future development of building-based infrastructures for circus. Open to anyone involved in the circus sector in any capacity. It is really important to include as many different voices as possible so please do share these details with anyone else you think might be interested.

To take part in our online survey (deadline Monday 14 March – midnight) please go to SurveyMonkey here.

To book any of the focus group sessions please go to Eventbrite here.

  • 6 March 4.45pm – 5.45pm at Valley House, Achill Island, County Mayo as part of Daring Dames Festival.
  • 8 March 6.30pm – 8.00pm in Studio 2, The Lab Gallery, 1 Foley Street, Dublin 1
  • 10 March 1.00pm – 2.15pm online via Zoom
  • 11 March 6.00pm – 7.30pm in the Musgrave Theatre, Firkin Crane, John Redmond Street, Cork

If you need any access supports with regards to these activities or have any other queries please get in touch with Kath Gorman who can be reached at

Special thanks to The Arts Council and ISACS for their support.