MSA Projects | 2010/11 | : Project 5 - Making Sense

My final proposal for the Circus House is to install demountable scaffolding-based structures within the confines of a rented warehouse on an industrial estate in Ardwick. The aim of the scaffolding is to increase the activities possible within the warehouse and provide a stimulating, inspiring and dramatic space for teaching and performing. In addition, I am proposing ways in which the simple scaffold components might be disguised or covered to create further spatial changes to the warehouse. Working within the standard leasing terms, the transformative structures inside the building can be reconfigured to suit the changing needs of the circus school. Furthermore, they respond to the limited budget and uncertain nature of the circus work by being extremely affordable, standard components which can be expanded over time or removed entirely and easily transported to a new rental property or to a performance venue. Following my post-final review meeting with Owen Gaynor, Circus House has now formed as an official company and have decided to use my proposals to secure an Arts Council interview, at which I will present my ideas alongside their presentation of their business plan. They hope that an Arts Council grant, combined with personal financing will allow them to secure a rented building and install the scaffolding system as a framework for their circus school. They will also use my proposal drawings to secure the confidence of potential landlords who are currently dismissive of their notifications of interest and to inspire future performance collaborators.

Hayley
Chivers

5th Year
Aged 23
My Review of the Year

This year's project was established following and introduction to Owen Gaynor, a circus skills instructor who runs a mobile community circus skills company, in need of a more permanent home. Through experimentation with play in the city and research into the situation of UK circus troupes, I proposed that the circus could exist both permanently and as a portable typology around the city. In order to encourage the students of the Circus Diaspora to spatially outline their perfect circus, I built a 1:100 scale model and took it to several of Owen's classes. Using their contributions, I drafted proposals for the ultimate Manchester circus, yet through several phases of re-drawing it became apparent that there is could be no single solution. Instead an adaptable, demountable, structure within an existing building would allow them to efficiently change their space according to their needs. I therefore proposed to install demountable scaffolding-based structures within the confines of a rented warehouse on an industrial estate in Ardwick. The scaffolding allows inexpensive modifications to space which provide a stimulating, inspiring and dramatic space for teaching and performing. Following my most recent meeting with and the members of the Circus House, the troupe have decided to use my proposals to secure an Arts Council interview, in order that the Circus House may receive the financial support they require to occupy a permanent home.

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