Galway Community Circus

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Giving opportunities to young people to live their best life by supporting their physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Galway Community Circus is Irelands flagship organisation for youth and social circus, located in Galway City with a local, national and international remit. Our aim is to advance the artistic, personal and social development of young people through Circus Arts. We are committed to creating an innovative and imaginative learning experience where all young people can realise their full potential. Through our ground-breaking programmes and high-quality productions, Galway Community Circus has proven itself to be a cradle of artistic excellence and educational innovation in Ireland, working with over 600 young people from diverse backgrounds every week.

Contact name: Becca Clayton


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Research Experience & Interest

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Have you been involved in a research project before (national or European)?

What research topics have you worked with before?

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What skills and capacities are you able to offer to a research projects and its partners?

We have been involved as Assoiate Partners in research work before. This has included sector-specific research on the needs of the youth and social circus sector in Europe, and are currently part of a Creative Europe small-scale co-operation project that includes a research element led by the Unviersite Libre de Bruxelles on the neurological effects of practising tighwire walking on the brain, and its impact on wellbeing.

We have been part of the following research projects.

Circus+ (funded by Erasmus+)
Circus+ took place between 2014 and 2016, hoping to identity the professional profiles that exist within youth and social circus organisations, to identify existing training programmes and where necessary create the foundations for the future training programmes. The project included 6 youth and social circus organisations, and 3 universities - University of Limerick (IE), Universite of Tampere (FI) and Haute école Léonard de Vinci (BE).

Wires Crossed: Head, Heart Balance (Creative Europe)
Included a research section led by Universite Libre de Bruxelles analysing the neurological effects of practising tightwire walking on the brain, and resulting impact on wellbeing, with evaluation led by National University of Ireland Galway.

Circus ++ (Erasmus+)
Circus++ is a three-year project (2019-2022) in which universities and circus schools from five partner countries are developing a curriculum for the first Europe-wide training programme in youth and social circus pedagogy.
The project produces the very first research based European full-degree curriculum of 180 ECTS in EQF level 6 of Youth and Social Circus Pedagogy with five national implementation plans to respond both to the shortage of the professionals and qualitative needs. Circus++ is a partnership project between universities and circus schools from five partner countries, Tampere University, Sorin Sirkus, Stockholm University of Arts, Cirkus Cirkör, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway Community Circus, CIRQUEON and Caravan.

Pedagogical and curriculum development
Impact of arts and creativity on youth development (personal, social, creative)
Needs analysis

  • Research into impact of creative activities on wellbeing

  • Impact on social, personal and creative development of young people

  • Social and Community Impact measurement

  • Return of investment measurement

  • Longevity studies

  • Work practices and sustainability for Social Enterprises

Staff team are experienced in youth and community development, arts participation, and professional practice. We are embedded within the community of Galway, with access to large numbers of diverse community groups. We are also part of large international networks such as the CARAVAN Youth and Social Circus Network and can facilitate access to other members of these networks.

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