About UsOur Vision
to empower and inspire through participation in contemporary circusOur Mission
Create and deliver a high standard of innovative and socially challenging circus programs and performances.
Maintain and develop a vibrant and sustainable ongoing Women’s Circus community.
Provide an opportunity for women to build self esteem and reaffirm control over their bodies in a safe and non competitive environment.
The Women’s Circus is a community arts organisation that presents innovative high quality circus performances and workshops to a diverse audience and participant base. The Women’s Circus was established in 1991 as a project of Footscray Community Arts Centre and in 2003 incorporated as a company. In October 2006 the Circus relocated to Drill Hall in West Footscray.
The critical success of the Circus rests with our strong focus on creating a safe, supportive and stimulating environment in which participants can extend their skills, build confidence and have fun, and in presenting engaging, high quality public performances of social relevance.
Women’s Circus offers a training, outreach and artistic program.
Women’s Circus runs a variety of training for its members and the general public, consisting of weekly classes for members, and intensive and short courses open to all women. Men and children participate in activities through our Outreach Program.
Women’s Circus Outreach Program works to build relationships with other organizations and delivers programs to a diverse group of participants. The Outreach Program has worked closely with Vic Health since 2006 to evaluate and improve its work. Workshops are taught by highly skilled and experienced members of the Circus, providing professional pathways and employment opportunities for our membership.
Women’s Circus regularly presents public performances in varying capacities at community festivals and forums, and for sixteen years has performed in various locations and venues. Its 2009 show Herstory was performed at the Living Museum of the West, Pipemaker’s Park, Maribyrnong.
The Women’s Circus is currently funded by Arts Victoria. Other partners include Maribyrnong City Council which supports training and the office space. We continue to develop and work with partners and philanthropic bodies through our Outreach Program.
Women’s Circus acknowledges the valuable ongoing support of our “Sisters and Supporters”, volunteers and supporters.