We are hiring!

"A blessing to Rochdale and its communities. The last few years have been the most difficult and Skylight's work is valued & needed more than ever within the Borough"


- Mohammed 'Shiri' Sheraz,  Army of Kindness

"The youth groups loved taking part and learning new skills"


- Rochdale Connections (RCT)

Inspiring the next generation

"She walked out filled with all the confidence she lost over lockdown. Skylight are amazing and I'm so grateful for everything they do"

Skylight Circus Arts are seeking an experienced Arts Administrator

Arts Administrator £25,500 (full time equivalent)

30 hours per week prorated salary (£20,400) + benefits

We’re expanding and we need help. 

We’re looking for an Arts Administrator to develop and manage our administrative support systems so we can spend more time running workshops and events.

In addition to making us more efficient, there’s also an opportunity to get involved with our classes, workshops and events if you’ve got relevant experience though this is not integral to the post.

The successful candidate will help shape Skylight’s future and make a real difference to us and the lives of even more people in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and beyond.


  • Download the application pack for full details

  • Application is by email with CV & covering letter

  • Closing date for applications is Friday 18th August 

Applications Email to: work@skylightcircusarts.com  

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Skylight Circus Arts Annual Report 2021/22

Annual Report 2021/22



"Thank you so much to Skylight Circus Arts for a brilliant first summer circus skills session!"

Middleton HAF


A year of emergence and reconnection. We continued virtual and live delivery as COVID restrictions were eased and lifted in July. There was an overall growth in participation but numbers were lower than pre pandemic. Paused projects were rescheduled and delivered this year. Classes returned and we had a resurgence of bookings. Feedback from partners identified worrying statistics in child development, particularly in language and social engagement.

Local connections were formed to address the urgent needs of children, young people and vulnerable adults, negatively affected by the isolation of the pandemic. Henry Smith Community Match Challenge funding was secured for one year to address local needs.

Looking back, the Skylight Team has achieved so much in this stutter-start year with an incredible number of outputs and an incredible array of beneficiaries. The feedback- some of which peppers this report- has been heartwarming. We look forward to more of the same with more beneficiaries in more communities and locations, with more partners in the next year.” 

David Allen


Skylight Circus Arts

        Skylight Circus Annual Report 2021/22


A Year in numbers

502 Circus Sessions Delivered

4,710 Participants

963 Global Majority Participants

1,659 Class Interventions

1,855 Project Interventions

3,493 Outreach Interventions

7,007 Total Interventions

3,470 Audience 




We’re Back!

“I’ve missed my circus family through lockdowns.  We’re loving being back and performing again!”

Skylight Circus NW Acrobatic Artists

“Thanks so much to Skylight Circus Arts for a brilliant first summer circus skills session…more to come tomorrow !”

Burnside Community Centre - Middleton Holidays at Home

“It was great to support the Little Amal’s visit to Rochdale!”


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Skylight Circus Award Win on ITV

Eventbrite's Most Curious and Colourful Award!




"Amazing to be on TV! Wow!"


– Participant

National Winner!

We are thrilled that Skylight was Named National Winner in Eventbrite’s Most Curious and Colourful Events Competition!

The competition was designed to celebrate the wide diversity of events that can be found on Eventbrite, and especially those that could be described as unusual, unique, alternative – and maybe a little bit ‘out there’.

Photos by Iain Cash

“We hosted over a million events last year including thousands of brilliant community events like those run by Skylight Circus Arts. What they do really stood out to us as being wonderfully different, diverse and inclusive, bringing people together and enriching their lives through live experiences. And that, in a nutshell, is what Eventbrite is about. They’re worthy winners and we are looking forward to the prize money going to a worthy cause.” 

Sebastian Boppert, Eventbrite

ITV came along to Skylight to film our participants! 

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“Everybody was happy and excited!  It was wonderful that ITV were interested to see what we do.  I thought, wow, they’re really here and I’ve got a microphone on!  It was amazing and made us feel really special!”  

Silver Circus Participant

The prize

Eventbrite said that they’d hosted over a million events in the UK last year, so selecting a winner from the 12 finalists was no mean feat! They loved how we foster social connection through welcoming, inclusive and diverse events that help people learn skills and have fun at the same time – this fully aligns with Eventbrite’s company mission to ‘bring the world together through live experiences’. Eventbrite was particularly impressed by Skylight’s Side by Side sessions that support the emotional wellbeing for children alongside their parents.

Skylight has won £2,500 in cash and £2,500 in Eventbrite free credits to help us grow and bring even more people together through live experiences. We’ll use the prize to run classes we’re unable to get funded, such as our Silver Circus for over sixties, drop-in classes and youth classes.  Meanwhile, we’ll be able to use the free credits to further help promote classes, which encourage people of all ages and abilities to improve their personal, physical and social development as they learn circus skills.

“Winning this competition means the world to a small organisation like ours and we actually cheered with delight during a staff meeting when we got the call.  The money we’ve won will help us continue to support those groups that we don’t get funding for, so people in the local community can meet likeminded folks to socialise and learn new circus skills.”

David Allen, CEO

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Spark! Circus Show in Falinge Park

SPARK! Circus Show and Stunning Parade



"The performers were so inspiring! Just what we need in the Borough"


– Audience Member

"The energy was incredible! Wow!"


– Audience Member

"Stunning performances!"

"I loved the mix of ages - it shows that anyone can have a go!"

"Great to see Rochdale come alive again after the pandemic!"

"We loved the parade, the music, costumes, everything!"

Thank you to local audiences!

Your support was incredible x


Skylight found our SPARK! We were thrilled at the public turn out for our event in Falinge Park and so grateful to everyone for supporting us. We’re extremely proud of our performers, who co created a fantastic Steampunk themed parade and circus show.  Also, a huge thank you to our amazing Associate Director, Grania Pickard and partners, Vintage Worx, Cartwheel Arts, Handmade Parade, We Are Stems and project funders, Arts Council England.

Beautiful photos by Ian Hodgson

“Wow, what an amazing day!  The audience gave us so much energy on such a hot day, it was a joyous celebration of circus performance.”

Martine Bradford, Creative Director

      Thank you to all our Skylight family for making this a truly memorable day!


“Brilliant show, well done everyone!”

Audience Member

Thank you from Gil!

What a fantastic event!  Skylight’s performers excelled in high temperatures and the turn out, including friends, family and members of the public was fantastic.  I’m very proud of the work Skylight does and here’s to many more projects!

Gil Burns, SPARK! Director


Joy of performance!

“It was a total thrill to perform in front of so many people!”

Skylight Circus NW Acrobatic Artists

“Brilliant performance by a really special organisation keep up the good work!”

Audience Member

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Spark! Circus Show

silver circus juggling in mr kite

Skylight’s new outdoor circus show, Spark! is inspired by the finite energy of the universe. Funded by Arts Council England, the show brings together Skylight’s professional performers, our regular members and community participants to create a stunning spectacle. 

The show starts with a spectacular community parade, created with Hebden Bridge’s Handmade Parade. Event-goers will wind their way around beautiful Falinge park as the parade passes circus performers on route to a grand finale of incredible aerial and circus skills in the picturesque Victorian Courtyard.  Following on from last year’s successful Picnic In The Park, this will be a fun filled day for the whole family to enjoy. 

Rochdale’s Cartwheel Arts will be providing a free arts and craft workshop for children. More activities are planned to make this a truly memorable free family day out. This event is a partnership with Vintage Worx, the community development trust which manages Falinge Park. 

TIME: 12.00- 4.00pm

PARADE & SHOW: 1.00pm

DATE: Sunday, 14th August 2022

– Falinge park will be closed to non-event vehicles but there is street parking nearby. 
– Rochdale Metro station is a 15 minute walk.

LOCATION: Falinge Park, Falinge Road, Rochdale, OL12 6JE

“We’re really pleased to be able to perform this show created especially for this beautiful outdoor setting.  Afterwards there will be a chance for everyone to try their hand at circus skills.  We hope to see you there!”

Martine Bradford – Creative Director

silver circus juggling in mr kite


If you would like any more information about Skylight’s work please call or email  01706 650676 info@skylightcircusarts.com