Projects and Partners

Projects and Partnership

Over the decades Skylight has had diverse circus projects funded by trusts, foundations, local authorities, Arts Council of England, Europe – ESF, Heritage Lottery Fund and many more. This year (2017) Skylight has several ‘social circus’ projects and is seeking more funding for creative performance projects.

In 2018 Skylight recieved funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund for a Project called Mr Kite, the project allowed young people to research the history of Circus in Rochdale in celebration for 250th years of circus. For more information on the Mr Kite project please click here

CCG (NHS) are funding three projects: Side by Side aims to address mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and families by providing healthy circus activities in a safe environment. It will assist with relationship difficulties common to deprivation, such as anxiety, attachment disorders, behavioural issues, lack of social bonds. It provides opportunities for ‘disengaged’ young people to build their confidence, to be less anxious and less isolated. Circus Stretch and Movement is a creative participatory circus and dance project for young people of all abilities, including those with more severe health conditions. It aims to improve mental, physical and emotional well-being and provide opportunities for those who do not access much physical activity due to ethnic or socio economic backgrounds. Silver Circus  Silver Circus is a creative participatory circus project for the over 55’s including those that that are frail or suffer from more severe health conditions associated with aging. The project addresses isolation and loneliness.  It aims to improve and maintain physicality, motor skills, cognitive skills whilst enhancing social connections and interactions.

Rochdale BC, Short Breaks: funds Sky High and Circus Wow (3 years). Sky High has regular sessions for children and young people with disabilities, recruited during Tasters in Special Schools. Sky High participants visit circus performances and have opportunities to perform with other classes in Skylight shows. Circus Wow provides more opportunities for these young people to perform in their own shows and to share their skills with proud parents and carers in ‘have-a-go’ ‘family and friends’ sessions

BBC Children in Need fund Spring into Circus 2 (3 years) and sees Skylight working with children and young people with additional needs and disabilities at after school sessions at both special and mainstream schools. Spring into Circus 2 uses inspiring performance, engaging circus sessions and celebratory circus skill sharings and show offs to provide meaningful activities and participation in Rochdale’s most deprived wards.

Partnerships, Performance and training

Skylight has a record of partnerships where creative output is strengthened by working collaboratively with creative organisations including

  • Can’t Dance Can
  • Chance Media
  • Touchstones Writers Group
  • Just Poets
  • Artizani
  • Oldham Theatre Workshop
  • Contact Theatre
  • Stumble danceCircus
  • M6 Theatre
  • Cartwheel Arts….

Partnerships with touring companies have brought exciting new skills to Skylight. Several companies performing at The Lowry have provided residencies for our youth circus and staff and have rehearsed in Skylight.  Since 2016 the following companies have worked with us:

  • Lost in Translation
  • Citrus Arts
  • Circolombia

Six artists from Circolombia worked with our youth circus to create a curtain raiser performance for their opening show of Acelere at the Lowry.  See the ACE Report.

Oddly Moving performed their show ‘He ain’t Heavy’ about Grania Pickard’s autistic brother at the The Lowry, with our youth circus in the audience.  The next day she provided a masterclass for staff and youth circus in St Chads. (November 2017)

Partnerships for service delivery

Skylight works in partnership with many organisations:  Rochdale BC, Link4life, Rochdale Youth Service, Sunsport, Hopwood Hall College (performing arts), Town Centre Management, Barnardo’s, Young Carers, Foster Carers, MIND, THRIVE, Cared For Teams, Healthy Young Minds and many others.

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