Australia’s National Youth Circus Announces New Program Supporting Emerging Artists in NSW

AAR FFFC Stunt Lounge 2016 - photo by Darcy GrantThe Flying Fruit Fly Circus (FFFC) has announced Under Construction – a new $50,000 program to develop and support emerging circus artists in regional NSW.

The new initiative provides a structure for the creative development and presentation of original new physical theatre and circus works, concluding with a work-in-progress premiere during the company’s annual Borderville Circus Festival in Albury-Wodonga.

The Under Construction initiative will provide two residencies in 2020 – with the successful applicants receiving:

  • Seed funding of $4,000 cash and extensive in-kind support;
  • Up to three weeks access to the FFFC rehearsal facilities and equipment;
  • Advice, feedback and mentorship from an experienced team;
  • Public liability and workers compensation insurance for all artists contracted for the duration of the residency;
  • Free accommodation in the FFFC Circus House;
  • Staging and technical support for a work-in-progress showing during Borderville Circus Festival (December 2020);
  • 80% of box office revenue from the performance;
  • Full length video and promo edit of the performance and production photography; and
  • Support and advice on any future life of the work.

“Our circus nurtures young talent and develops artists for future careers. The first few steps are often the hardest, the make or break,” said Flying Fruit Fly Circus Artistic Director Anni Davey. “We are increasingly focussed on providing meaningful support for those emerging artists – not just ‘fruities’ – in the first five years of their practice, and to encourage them to make work with us regionally.”

“This is a wonderful new initiative and a significant commitment for us, made possible by co-investment from Regional Arts NSW.”

For more information about Under Construction, visit: for details. Applications are now open and close 27 March 2020.

Image: Stunt Lounge (2016) – photo by Darcy Grant