Aspiring Artists Week Long Residencies - Upswing

Upswing delivers bespoke week long residencies  that engage children and young people in circus arts, some examples of recent projects can be seen below:


 Summer Arts

As Associate Artists at the Albany part of our activity is engaging young people in crossartform practice.  The Albany Summer Arts programme delivers three weeks of workshops and arts courses for young people aged 13-21 years. Upswing regularly teach a week of circus theatre. Places are  free of charge and allocated through an application process in which applicants are invited to express their interest and passion for the arts. The vast majority of participants are from Lewisham and neighbouring boroughs.

“..Upswing really brought the group together to work as an ensemble and create something amazing.  They brought out the best in them and allowed them to lead the direction of the performance they were making while developing their eye for what works..”

Gemma Rowan, Associate Producer, The Albany


CAT intensive at National Centre for Circus Arts

This was a collobaration between NCCA (formerly Circus Space), Upswing and The Place. Upswing delivered a week of harness and bungee to the 30 students aged 13-15 years on this government supported scheme that aims to identify the best young talent in dance and circus. The training took place at the NCCA who referred half of the students, while the other half came from The Place.


Wac Arts

Wac Arts serve children and young people from all backgrounds ensuring those with least access to the arts have an opportunity to engage in creative activities. Upswing deliver a week of Circus School to 6-11 year olds and  a week long Aerial workshop “Come Fly with Me” to 9-15 year olds each Summer.

“Upswing are exceptional teachers, delivering safe, exciting and inspirational classes”

Celia Greenwood, CEO Wac Arts


Urban Ambush

Upswing were delighted to deliver a week of Aerial and Acrobalance to young people aged  13-18 at the Urban Ambush festival at Watermans.

“Many thanks to you all at Upswing for a really great week at UA – the young people were so focused,  engaged and had so much fun the whole week & I loved their end of week sharing. I was really impressed by the how the course was taught and the young people supported throughout..”

Vikki Moorhouse, Head of Participative Arts Development


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