The Irish Street Art, Circus and Spectacle Network – ISACS – is Ireland’s leading support and advocacy organisation for the development of street arts, circus and spectacle art forms. We believe strongly in the value and importance of these art forms, and use every opportunity to shout from the rooftops about our members and their work.

We were formed as a voluntary organisation in late 2010 with the aim of creating an umbrella organisation for these art forms to represent, raise the profile and provide a united voice for this emerging, exciting, developing and growing sector.

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ISACS has a diverse, dynamic and highly engaged membership that includes artists, artistic companies, curators, festivals, independent producers, production companies, programmers, archivists, academics and enthusiast’s from across the island of Ireland and beyond.

We are a Not for Profit Company Limited by Guarantee and are governed by a Voluntary Board, comprised of a minimum of 5, and a maximum of 10, directors at any given time.

Staff Team

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    Lucy Medlycott BA, FRSA

    Lucy Medlycott started off her career studying Fine Art Sculpture in Limerick School of Art and Design under Tom Murphy, Louise Walsh and Martin Folan. While in Limerick she discovered the versatility & electricity of the street as a space for arts exploration.

    Since graduating from Limerick in 1993, Lucy, together with a group of colleagues, went on to found Bui Bolg Outdoor Arts Company in Wexford. Lucy worked with Buí Bolg in many capacities over the years from community artist to costume designer to manager. Lucy orchestrated many of their flagship projects, bringing their work from Ballina to Beijing and from Mullingar to Memphis and more.

    Lucy is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and previous winner in the South East County & City Women in Business Awards.

    Lucy co-founded the Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network with Chantal McCormick of Fidget Feet in late 2010. Lucy has worked as Project Manager of ISACS since 2014, and is currently Executive Director. She has big dreams for the future!

    Full-time (39 hours per week) – Annual remuneration: €40,000 – €45,000

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    Helen Collins, MA

    Helen graduated from UCD with a BA (hons) in French and Linguistics in 2001, and began her career in the National Library of Ireland from 2002 – 2004. She discovered the object manipulation world via poi, which led her to manage the Jugglers’ Rest Backpackers in Picton, New Zealand in 2005, and on her return home she joined the organisational team for the European Juggling Convention (EJC) for its first visit to Ireland in Millstreet, Co. Cork in 2006.

    Following the EJC Helen returned to UCD in 2007 for a Masters Degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management, where her dissertation topic was the (then recent) official recognition of circus as an artform in Ireland, and its impact on artists in the sector.

    From 2006 – 2015 Helen went on to act as a cultural freelancer in a variety of production management, technical and box office roles, with organisations including Dublin Fringe Festival, The National Concert Hall, Festival of World Cultures, Dublin Dance Festival, TheatreCLUB, and many more. In 2015 she joined box office software provider Ticketsolve as a Project Manager providing support and training to their network of venues and festivals. Since 2015, Helen also forms part of the Black Powder Monkeys team of pyrotechnicians.

    Full-time (39 hours per week) – Annual remuneration: €40,000 – €45,000

  • Cristina Ciampaglione Photo By Abigail Denniston

    Cristina Ciampaglione, MA

    Cristina is an Italian Artist and Art Professional based in Ireland.

    She has a keen interest in all aspects related to the world of arts and culture. Her academic studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome provided her with an excellent grounding in visual arts and a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of its practice.

    After her Master’s in Graphic Arts, she pivoted into Arts Management, obtaining a Master’s Degree at IULM University in Rome. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Event Management from IADT, Dublin, and one Post Graduate Certificate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Trinity College Dublin.

    She has extensive experience managing and administrating arts events/projects in Ireland and Italy, with a focus on Street Art initiatives – from the point of view of mural art, and visual arts exhibitions.

    As an artist, she is a printmaker specialising in woodblock and is a member of the Graphic Studio Dublin.

    Full – time (40 hours per week) – Annual remuneration: €40,000 – €45,000

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    Brendan Fahy, MSc

    Brendan is originally from Galway and has been a part of the Irish circus scene for almost twenty years. As a juggler & practicing artist he has performed and taught workshops all over Ireland. He is a former board member of Dublin Circus Project and a professional member of Circus Factory Cork. He lives in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, with his wife, daughter, and dog.

    Part – time (16 hours per week) – Annual remuneration: €15,000 – €20,000

Board of Directors

We are extremely grateful to our voluntary Board of Directors who give their time and expertise so generously. Our Board of Directors are elected by a one-third rotation, at each Annual General Meeting, by the current members of ISACS.

There is a minimum of five and a maximum of ten positions on the board at any one time. Term of office is three years with the option to complete a maximum of two terms of office consecutively.

  • Miriam Dunne

    Founding member of Waterford Spraoi, now working as freelance programmer and manager on various festivals, including Spraoi, Cat Laughs, Kilkenomics, and Winterval Waterford.

    Previous work has included St Patricks Festivals Dublin and Cork, and Tall Ships Waterford. Member of the Arts Council of Ireland from 2014-2019. Graduated from WIT with degree in bi-lingual business administration.

    [Appointed 30/04/2019]

  • Jonah McGreevy

    Jonah started his life and career in circus arts in Dublin a little over a decade ago. Initially focusing on partner acrobatics and doubles aerial, he quickly became interested in producing shows and figuring out all the logistical, technical, administrative, interpersonal and artistic work that goes into making successful productions. He is one of the founders and co-artistic director of the multi-award winning Loosysmokes.

    [Appointed 29/04/2021]

  • Brian Rafferty

    Brian Rafferty is Managing Director of the Irish Aerial Creation Centre with a wealth of business and trade association experience. Following a business degree in UL, Brian took over the family travel business with four agencies until 2011.

    He was on the board of the Irish Travel Agents Association for over 20 years reaching the position of Vice President for over eight years. Brian has worked in the property business, and scaled up a number of businesses in recent years including Travelsavers, The Urban Coop and was the Economic Development officer for Waterford County Council. He was also an elected County Councillor in Tipperary.

    [Appointed 05/05/2022]

  • Aoife Carry

    Aoife is an experienced large scale Circus and Spectacle Director. She has worked Internationally as Artistic Director for companies such as Franco Dragone, MGM and Cirque Du Soleil. Her work has included large scale resident shows, arena touring shows, festival touring and outdoor performances. In these roles she works with large multidisciplinary teams and artists to produce performances that combine artistic and technical excellence. In 2021 she established Twisted Lane Productions, a Spectacle Theatre Company based in Ireland. With Twisted Lane Productions, her focus is to create large scale work that combines theatrical storytelling with the intimacy of immersive theatre. Current projects are exploring the connections between female story and rural landscape.

    Aoife has received a number of funding awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, and is on the Arts Council of Ireland Peer Review Panel.

    [Appointed 05/05/2022]

  • Joshua Angelo Estrella

    Joshua Angelo Estrella (he/they) – Josh is a first generation, non-binary, queer immigrant from the Philippines, now living in Ireland for 5 years.

    They have an extensive background in data science, analytics, and management across multiple industries spanning social media, technology, telecommunications, finance, gaming, and biotechnology.

    They are one of the leading figures in the Asian and LGBTQ+ communities in the technology industry in the EMEA region.

     

    They are also a diversity leader, advocate, and a life & leadership coach focused on empowering underrepresented communities. On their free time, they dabble on the aerial arts, primarily fabrics, rope, and lyra, as well as pole and exotic dancing.

    [Appointed 30/08/2022]

  • Aisling Ní Cheallaigh

    Aisling is a Sligo based artist with eleven years of experience working in the Irish Circus Industry. She has regularly performed with Irish companies Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, THISISPOPBABY, Luxe, Aerial Cirque and Taking Flight as well as in shows and at events all over the world. She has co-created three of her own shows ‘How to Square A Circle’, ‘Sub Rosa’ and ‘NASC’ and is currently working on her first solo creation ‘Cois Farraige’.

    [Appointed 09/05/2023]

  • Rachel Melaugh

    Rachel is a Street Theatre Artist and Creative Director at In Your Space Circus (IYSC) in Derry. Having worked in Circus & Street Theatre for 10+ years, Rachel has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to delivery on the street. Rachel has created and produced some of IYSC’s most ambitious productions, leading the organisation into delivery of large-scale outdoor spectacle back in 2018. Most recently Rachel produced ‘After the Rain’ – a brand new, site-specific work in Derry, by world-renowned acrobatic collective ‘Compagnie XY’ and a cast of local artists across multiple disciplines.

    [Appointed 15/08/2023]

  • Rami Al Ramahi

    Rami Al Ramahi (He/Him) is a Canadian Palestinian with intersecting identities and is committed to creating positive change by addressing inequalities. Recently relocating from Toronto to Dublin, he holds a master’s degree in public policy and has worked as a civil servant in the Government of Ontario. His focus was on Policy Development and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), particularly with Indigenous communities.

    Currently, Rami is the EDI Specialist at Trocaire, leading the development of the organisation’s global EDI strategy. Rami is also passionate about the arts and their expressive power. He is particularly interested in learning and unlearning from equity-deserving communities through art to explore and challenge social norms, amplify diverse voices, and foster a deeper understanding of different experiences and perspectives.

    [Appointed 14/05/2024]