Arts Regional Trust
9 Mar 2015
The Arts Regional Trust : Te Taumata Toi-a-Iwi is an arts and creative industries development agency and a leading investor in growing entrepreneurship in Auckland’s creative sector.
Frances is a leader in the not-for-profit arts sector, working in social circus for the past 14 years alongside her partner Thomas Hinz who founded Circus Fantasia in Rostock, Germany in 1991. Together they founded Circus Kumarani and the Circability Trust which specialises in inclusive circus programmes, winning the 2013 Arts Access Aotearoa Community Partnership Award.
Circability has a community lease on the former Campbell Free Kindergarten in Victoria Park which Frances hopes to develop as a circus based arts centre that welcomes all.
Frances has travelled extensively and has had a varied artistic background, including founding and managing an art gallery collective and a community radio station. She has worked as a partner for Hot Spot Productions, as a floor manager, project developer and qualitative researcher. She is a fourth generation Irish Kiwi who loves music, the arts, clown, cooking, reading, writing, painting and yoga.
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