Artist Residency Programme

Flying Fantastic are constantly looking to make circus and aerial accessible and available to as wide an audience as possible.  We aim to create a space that is welcoming to all. The Flying Fantastic Creative Residency Programme has been developed to give circus/ dance/ theatre companies/ artists the opportunity to develop new accessible work and take advantage of partnerships with some of the industries leading practitioners in their field.
We are offering 1 week of studio space to devise new work/ conduct research and development, alongside mentoring and support. At the end of the week, there will be a safe showing to a small audience of disabled adults from Southwark Disablement Association or children from local SNED school, Cherry Gardens. Each group can choose which audience is most appropriate for you to test ideas and gain feedback. We want to create a space where you can explore, devise, and push the boundaries of your practice. 
Our creative residencies are run in collaboration with our partner companies, Extraordinary Bodies, Cherry Garden School, Southwark Disablement Association and made possible through funding from The Arts Council Lottery Fund. 

Residency Programme Overview

We expect all successful companies to provide a Risk Assessment, Insurence and a Code of Conduct. Companies using aerial in the work will be responsible for their own rigging. 

We are very excited to offer 4 residencies to companies creating work for children with complex needs; including, but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, those with profound and multiple disabilities, and those who are deafblind and multi-sensory impaired OR deaf and disabled adults. 
We would like our audeinces to see that circus/ dance/ theatre is a place for them. We are particularly interested in hearing from companies working with disabled artists. 

21st-25th of March
28th of March-1st of April
18th-22nd of April
25th-29th of April

What is on offer
– One week of residency space (Monday to Friday till 4pm) in our Peckham studio.
– A commission fee to pay your artists of £500 per person for 1-2 artists.
– A work in progress showing to a group of children from Cherry Gardens School with complex needs OR to Southwark Disablement Association
– Two days of outside eye mentoring support from Extraordinary Bodies.
– A networking event
– An optional support worker/ BSL interpreter

There will be a Q&A at the end of the showings for you to ask any specific feedback from your audience and for them to ask you any questions about the work. 

What else is available as part of the Programme?

There are a number of extra optional advice/ mentoring opportunities available as part of the programme. In your application form, please choose as many or as few as you feel you’d benefit from at this time. These include:

–Use of the Aerial equipment available at the studio (please ask if you need anything specific) 
– Production mentoring; to receive 1-2-1 advice on the future of the work, including funding applications, tour planning etc.
– A behind the scenes video of your residency
– Artist development check-ins 
– Social media guidance and assistance using Flying Fantastic’s networks to grow your audience

For successful artists, a small contribution to personal access costs will be available if required. 

What do we ask in return?

-We ask that you put our logo on any marketing materials for the project.
-Footage/ photos of you working in the space to help us market this opportunity in the future. 
-A short statement at the end of the residency to tell us what you thought. 

Commission fee

Flying Fantastic Creative Residencies are Arts Council funded. This means that you cannot use our fee as match funding for an Arts Council Application. The reason we included the fee is because we understand it is hard for artists at the moment, and we wanted to offer paid time to adapt. This fee aims to cover your artist’s pay at equity rate.


We have based our programme funding on groups of 1-2 people to make this possible. Should your project include any extra volunteers, you are welcome to apply as long as you are aware of your volunteers' rights. Unfortunately, we cannot provide any payment for more than 2 people per group. 

What are we looking for from successful applicants?

-Exciting ideas! We want to hear your creative ideas. 

-We want you to push boundaries and try out new approaches. 

-We want you to tell us how you will utilise what we are offering. 

-Work that is in its early stages of development. We want to create a space for you to test ideas.

-Work that is adapting to the changing landscape and considering ways of being COVID-safe; including, but not limited to outdoor work or work that considers social distancing.

-Groups or individuals that have considered other ways of adapting their work to be COVID-safe e.g. smaller teams.

-We expect you to follow government guidelines in relation to COVID-19 restrictions.

-UK based individuals/ organisations. You and your whole team must have the right to work in the UK and be based here.

-Any movement-based work relating to dance/ circus or theatre.

-We want to hear from people who we haven’t worked with before, as well as those we have. 

-Work with a future. While we appreciate not all R&D comes into fruition, we want to see that you’ve thought about the next stages of the project. 

-Most importantly we want this residency to benefit you as an artist/ company. Although we are not specifying how much experience we’d like you to have, we will be looking for companies who we feel have enough experience to benefit. This will look different for different people, but we ask that this isn’t your first time choreographing/ directing work. 

-We expect all successful companies/ artists to have Public Liability Insurance, either for each individual such as Equity or as a company.

And what are we NOT looking for?

We're not looking to host existing shows. The Programmes are for the development of new work.
We do expect all applicants to have some relevant experience and are unable to accept applications from undergraduates.
We cannot work with artists based outside the UK.
We do not expect you to have partners in place for this work, as you will be partnering with Flying Fantastic, Ockham's Razor/ Oily Cart and The Girls Network/ Cherry Gardens School. 

How will we select successful applicants?

Your application will be read by 2 Flying Fantastic team members. Each will  assess the application against our 4 criteria:
-Quality of idea
-Quality of previous work/ experience 
-Future potential of the work
-How much the artist/ company would benefit from the opportunity 

The strongest applications for each programme will be put forward to our mentoring partners; Oily Cart/ Ockham's Razor to choose the 2 groups they'd like to work with. 

How to apply

The application deadline is 5pm on the 1st of March 2021. Any applications sent after 5pm will not be considered. ALL applications should be made using the online form available here.

To view a document version of the application form, please click here:  PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL US THE DOCUMENT VERSION! If you do, we will not be able to consider your application.

Once you've completed the application form, please also complete an Equality and Diversity Form here.

If you have any questions about Flying Fantastic Creative Residencies, please check our FAQs here. If your question still hasn't been answered, then do email 

To download a document version of this page and all the necessary information, please click here.

We look forward to hearing from you and can't wait to hear about your creative ideas!