In November 2016, Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann and the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick hosted a series of talks over 2 days that addressed ways to critically engage with Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle.
Invited guests included;
Floriane Gaber is a writer, researcher, journalist, teacher and cultural consultant. She is a well-travelled European commentator and critic of street theatre, mime, circus and spoken/written word performance. She has been published widely and is a regular contributor to cultural and arts journals and magazines. Her books 40 ans d’arts de la rue and How it all started: street arts in the context of the 1970s are important texts that chart this history of street and outdoor arts.
Lucy Medlycott BA, FRSA is project manager for the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network ISACS. ISACS is Ireland’s lead umbrella organisation for the development and support of these art forms in Ireland today. Lucy co-founded and managed outdoor arts company Bui Bolg in Wexford from 1994 to 2013.
Kim Tilbrook is a producer and facilitator with over 25 years’ experience of working on socially engaged arts projects, including Nowhere Island for the 2012 Olympiad, Wye Valley River Festival and numerous opportunities for youth participation in the South West.
Paschale Straiton is artistic director of Red Herring, an outdoor theatre company based in Brighton. She trained at Circomedia Circus School, Bristol and holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck, UCL. She has worked as a deviser with companies ranging from Wildworks to Improbable.
Cristín Leach is an art critic who has been writing for The Sunday Times Ireland since 2003. As a freelance broadcaster, she has reported and reviewed on TV and radio for arts programmes including RTÉ's The Works, The View, The Arts Show, Rattlebag and Arena, since 1999. She was Entertainment Editor for RTÉ Interactive from 2001-2003 where she launched and edited the national broadcaster's first online arts and culture website, rte.ie/ACE. A graduate of UCC Arts and DCU School of Journalism, she teaches occasional critical journalism workshops.
Students from the MA Festive arts continued on to the National Circus Festival Ireland in Tralee where they had the opportunity to put their learning into practice, under the expert mentoring of Florian Gaber. Many thanks to all the wonderful speakers and we look forward to publishing the final texts.