Circability Trust: Winner of the 2016 Arts Access Aotearoa Creative Space Award

Circability Trust
(Campbell Free Kindergarten)
203-271 Victoria Park, Victoria St West
PO Box 78414, Grey Lynn
Auckland 1245
09 3613801

Frances Kelliher
Project Developer
021 102 3951

Thomas Hinz
Creative Director
021 209 8507






About Us

The Circability Trust was formed in July 2012 as a Charitable Trust taking over all Auckland Community Circus activities as developed by Hot Spot Productions. Hot Spot is a partnership between Circabiility Directors Frances Kelliher and Thomas Hinz.

They founded Circus Kumarani in Northland in 2003 which won three national awards and gained Cirque du Soleil sponsorship.

They were project partners in a two year independent research study ‘Developing Community Circus in Aotearoa New Zealand’ which they presented at an International Seminar on Social Circus Evaluation in Finland in December 2013. Circability run classes in schools and disability organisations, at festivals and events.

In 2013 Thomas managed Circus Fantasia in Rostock, Germany, which he set up in 1991. Thomas studied Rehabilitative Pedagogy in Berlin in the late 80‘s. He set up 'Circus Fantasia’, with its 26 metre tent in the city of Rostock in 1995. It stages shows, hosts festivals and workshops in a variety of art media with local, national and international groups and runs team building workshops and events. He also ran Circus “Weiterbuildung” or further education training for Kindergarten Teachers with GGP - A day programme provider for mental health users.

Frances Kelliher (B.Com Marketing) has a career spanning research, publishing and the arts. She has managed community radio, galleries, a dive shop and performed as an amateur acrobat, juggler and clown on both sides of the globe.


  • Use a strength based approach

  • Constantly strive for innovation and excellence

  • Evaluate, research, document and develop best practice

  • Seek collaboration with diverse groups

The Board


Erwin van Asbeck