June 2018 - Galway Community Circus

Launch of Strategic Plan 2018-2020

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Launch of our new 3 year

Strategic Plan




 GCC is delighted to welcome our members and supporters to the launch of our Strategic Plan,


'Fuelling Creativity, Confidence and Change 2018-2020',


at Galway Community Circus this coming Tuesday 19th June 5.30pm.


Please feel free to join us to celebrate this important milestone for our organisation at this

family-friendly event with circus performances, refreshments and words from our supporters.


You can RSVP to our facebook event here.


or you can RSVP by emailing info@galwaycircus.com

by 17th June.





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Producer Required

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Join the Galway Community Circus Team:

Producer Required

We are looking for a highly motivated, resourceful, and dynamic individual who is keen to work within a growing organisation as we prepare for Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture 2020 and build on the exciting opportunities on the horizon.

This is a full-time role in a busy creative company. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in producing and managing cultural programmes and events. The role is broad, with room for development, and it will evolve over time. The successful candidate will be working closely together with the Executive Creative Director, as well as being offered training and development if required.

Who We Are

Galway Community Circus is Ireland’s flagship organisation for youth and social circus, located in the heart of Galway City with a local, national and international remit. Our mission is to unlock personal and creative potential and deliver social inclusion for young people through circus arts. Through our ground-breaking programmes and high-quality productions, Galway Community Circus has proven itself to be a cradle of artistic excellence and educational innovation in Ireland, working with over 500 young people from diverse backgrounds every week.

This is an incredibly exciting time to join Galway Community Circus as we are exploring innovative new models of creative engagement and are at the forefront of developing youth and social circus in Ireland and internationally. We are producing one of the anchor projects of Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture Programme; Wires Crossed - a Balancing Act for Europe. This is a large-scale European project promoting mental and physical wellbeing and community integration through the art of funambulism (tightwire walking). This project gives us an opportunity to create a significant legacy for the young people of Galway, Ireland and Europe.

About Wires Crossed Project

Wires Crossed – A Balancing Act for Europe is an international participatory circus project poised to transform lives and communities – from locations throughout Galway to cities across Europe – through the art of tightwire walking, or funambulism. Funambulism is a spectacular circus art that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities, and a powerful mindfulness tool that promotes mental and physical well-being. Walking on a wire conveys a sense of ease and simplicity, yet it requires balance, self-control and courage. Wires Crossed is set to bring the dynamic art of funambulism to different corners of Europe through a partnership between nine European youth and social circus schools and an extensive outreach and public engagement programme. The key event of the project is an international circus festival and a world-record funambulism spectacle in August 2020 when 400 participants of various ages, walks of life, cultures, nationalities and abilities will cross the River Corrib and Claddagh Pool on tightwires over 2020 minutes.

About the Role

The role of Producer is a new position in the company and an opportunity for the right person to get involved in one of the most exciting projects in the Galway 2020 calendar.

Galway Community Circus is a young, dynamic and growing company with an energetic, collaborative and skilled team where people work hard but also get to play, grow and develop. As Producer of GCC, you will be a key team member working closely with the Executive Creative Director and the project team to produce Wires Crossed according to the project development plan and GCC’s Strategic Plan 2018-2020.


Oversee the production of Wires Crossed; working closely with the ECD, international partners, Production Manager and the technical and artistic teams.

Production and Operations Management

Work with ECD and Wires Crossed partners to

  • Manage and deliver all events related to Wires Crossed ensuring that the highest standard of management is in place across both the development and production stages and that the programme is delivered on schedule and within budget
  • Schedule timelines for the development and delivery of the project and ensure that these timelines are adhered to; this will involve setting up development meetings, site visits, workshops etc as required and producing and disseminating schedules and timelines to relevant individuals and organisations
  • Ensure audience development goals are reached and community engagement strategies implemented
  • Ensure that all relevant financial, contractual, production, and contacts files are up to date using GCC project management systems
  • Coordinate all travel and accommodation arrangements economically and efficiently
  • Work closely with the project’s Technical, Artistic, Finance, Marketing & Communication personnel to provide them with requisite information

Work with Production Manager and Technical Team to:

  • Ensure all production, operational, health & safety and licencing requirements are adequately scoped and resourced as required
  • Ensure all necessary risk assessments are completed and H&S requirements for events are met
  • Keep technical contractors fully involved in the technical development of project
  • Other activities relating to GCC productions and events, as required

Partnerships and Communications

  • Develop and nurture excellent relationships with project partners, funders, artists and other project personnel and audiences - including the many European partner organisations for the project
  • Be the main liaison with project partners, artists, and other artistic and community partners involved in the project
  • Represent GCC at events and meetings occasionally, including some international travel
  • Work with ECD to identify and develop relationships with new partners locally, regionally or nationally
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of the marketing and communications of Wires Crossed as required

Staff Management

  • Production staffing – manage the recruitment, management and scheduling of production and event staff
  • Work with the ECD to create and define the staffing structure across both the development and production stages of the 2020 event
  • Ensure all staff receive adequate training and are aware of H&S and safeguarding policies
  • Coordinate the communications between project personnel, attend and organise team meetings and other meetings as required

Financial Management and Resourcing

  • Manage programme budget in liaison with ECD and General Manager
  • Provide regular and accurate updates of budget projections, together with the provision of other financial information as required
  • Provide GM with accurate and timely contractual information to enable him/her to ensure all payments to artists / organisations are going to schedule
  • Support ECD and GM with funding proposals and reporting including Erasmus+

Evaluation, Reporting and Documentation

  • Oversee the evaluation framework, ensuring relevant and necessary data is collected and collated
  • Support the ECD with reporting to internal and external stakeholders including Galway 2020 and European partners and funders
  • Ensure project is well documented and project files are kept in order


  • It is the nature of the work at Galway Community Circus that tasks and responsibilities may be unpredictable and varied, the role demands a high level of flexibility
  • Support the legacy of the project through consideration of how learning from the programme can feed into other areas of GCC’s work
  • Support the delivery of other specific projects in GCC calendar such as large scale annual youth circus show
  • Actively support and promote GCC’s commitment to diversity and equal opportunities in every area of our work

Who You Are

  • You are an experienced Producer in the arts sector who believes in GCC’s values and vision, loves a challenge and feels excited about the ambition and potential of Wires Crossed
  • You are a positive dynamic team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills that help you navigate complex projects with multiple partners, artists and diverse audiences
  • You are reliable and hard-working with strong leadership ability and the capacity to motivate and manage a team
  • You can solve problems, put plans into action and deliver successful projects
  • You have excellent organisational, administrative, IT and project management skills – you love getting things in order and can make things happen with maximum efficiency
  • You are able to work under pressure, prioritising between conflicting demands and retaining attention to detail while maintaining good humour and diplomacy
  • You are solution-focused - you show initiative and resilience when dealing with change


The person who can fulfil this role will have:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a production role in the arts, media or entertainment industries
  • Experience of how productions work and the roles and responsibilities of people involved
  • Experience of programme management across a complex and multi-layered landscape and excellent track record of delivering projects within budget and deadlines
  • Experience of managing significant budgets and making the most of limited resources
  • Demonstrable experience of developing and maintaining effective relationships with a wide range of partner organisations and individuals
  • Proven ability to organise and prioritise a demanding workload working independently and effectively


Ideally the person appointed would have:

  • Experience of delivering participatory projects in social and/or educational contexts
  • Experience of developing and producing projects in outdoor arts and/or spectacle
  • An understanding of the arts and cultural sector locally, nationally and at a European level and extensive contacts within the sector locally
  • An understanding of Local Authority, Statutory and Regulatory approvals processes relating to major outdoor events
  • A full clean driving licence and use of a vehicle

Practical Details

Salary: €28,000 per annum

Contract: Full-time, from 1st September 2018 – 31st December 2020

Hours: Standard hours Monday to Friday, but evenings and weekends will occasionally be required for which Time off in Lieu (TOIL) is offered by agreement of the ECD

Location: Galway Community Circus Office, Galway City, Ireland - with occasional travel required across Ireland, and some international travel

Holidays: 20 days paid holiday each year in addition to statutory bank holidays

Probation Period: 6-Months

Reporting to: Executive Creative Director and General Manager

How to Apply

Please email your CV listing two referees (including phone numbers and email addresses) and cover letter outlining your interest in this role and what skills and experience you would bring to Galway Community Circus. Please refer directly to the job description and mark your email “Producer Application”. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email and your application will be treated with strictest confidence.

Please submit your application by email to: ulla@galwaycircus.com

The closing date for applications is: 30th June 2018

Interviews will be held: 12th of July 2018 (second round 17th of July)

If you have questions about the role, please contact ulla@galwaycircus.com

Galway Community Circus is an equal opportunities employer. All appointments will be dependent on successful Garda vetting.



General Manager Required

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Join the Galway Community Circus Team

General Manager Required


Galway Community Circus seeks an exceptional individual to structure and lead the company’s development and build on the exciting opportunities on the horizon.

The role of General Manager is a new position in the company and an opportunity for the position holder to bring their creative and fresh ideas to the table to develop a sustainable future for the organisation. This is a full time role in a busy creative company, and we are seeking a dynamic individual who is keen to work within a growing organisation as we prepare for Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture 2020. The role is broad, with room for development, and it will evolve over time. The successful candidate will be working closely together with the Executive Creative Director, as well as being offered training and development if required.

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