What you can apply for
Lab:time is made up of 4 elements. You can apply for one or more of these elements in any combination.
Space:time -Artists and companies can apply for R&D time in the Creation Studio at the National Centre for Circus Arts.
You can apply for as little as an hour, or as much as a week of Space:time. If you are based outside of London and wish to apply for Space:time you can also apply for up to £500 as a travel grant.
Team:time - Artists and Companies can apply for funds to pay for collaborators in their R&D. Collaborators can be from any discipline and might include a director, a video artist, a costume designer or a live musician.
Tech:time - Artists and Companies can apply for funds towards the purchase, development or fabrication of a new piece of equipment. This does not need to be a traditional piece of circus kit and as with all Lab:time applications we encourage innovation and experimentation.
High:time - Artists and Companies can apply for funds to pay a competent rigger to support their R&D.
You can apply for a maximum of £1,500 and 5 days in the Creation Studio. Successful applicants will not necessarily be awarded the full amount of funding or space:time requested in their application.
Applications are invited from Circus Artists based across the UK and there are no geographical restrictions on where the funding can be spent.
Lab:time is open to circus artists and anyone who is interested in developing a project involving circus artists.
Lab:time has been created to support projects during their very early stages. We are unlikely to support show rehearsals or R&D for work that has already spent a significant amount of time in development. Some projects further in their development may be more appropriate for Lab:time².
If an artist receives Tech:time funding towards a new piece of equipment that equipment remains the property of the artist and not the National Centre for Circus Arts.
There will be 12 funding rounds in the period 2015-2017 – one every three months. Therefore, make sure you have the time to do the work in the period for which you have applied.