The findings of a research initiative focused on mapping the range, quality and needs of building-based infrastructures for circus in Ireland.

In direct reference to the commitments made under the Making Great Art Work: Circus, Street Arts and Spectacle (CSAS) Policy & Strategy 2018, and following the practical limitations of conducting field research during the Covid crisis, in early 2022 the Arts Council commissioned a research initiative focused on mapping the range, quality and needs of building-based infrastructures for circus in Ireland.

This research proposal emerged from a need identified in dialogue with the sector to uncover and collate data on the range of buildings available in Ireland for contemporary and traditional circus practice. This direct engagement with a broad section of circus practitioners had provided anecdotal evidence that the building-based circus infrastructures in Ireland do not provide an adequate level of support for the growing level of both professional and community based activities taking place in the country.

By commissioning a new factual study on circus buildings the Arts Council is keeping sustainable, accessible and safe practice to the fore.

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