ISACS - The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network - is Ireland's leading support and advocacy organisation for the development of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Art Forms in Ireland today. We represent over 100 member organisations and individuals across Ireland and beyond. Our members are interested in the development and growth of these dynamic and public art forms.
ISACS was 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. Since then, the ISACS network has grown to over 100 members, has 9 members on the board of Directors, secured its first Irish Arts Council Programming Grant in 2014, which has grown year on year, and now has 2 part-time staff members.
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, became CEO in 2017 and has big dreams for the future!
Galway based Charlotte Haffner joined ISACS in 2017. Prior to that, she worked with artists, filmmakers, adventurers, circus and street performers bringing to life major festivals and events in New Zealand and Ireland.
Alongside with pursuing her career in event management and promotion, she has been researching the best ways to communicate with audiences as part of her MA in Communications Culture and Institution at Lyon Political Sciences Institute (2012) and her MA in Digital Media in NUIG Galway (2014).
Fascinated by circus, theatre and street arts from a young age, she will bring her expertise in communications strategy, social media and marketing to ISACS promoting and sharing what’s happening in the world of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle, as well as helping the sector grow.
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 members of ISACS.
The board is a minimum of seven members at any one time. Here is our current Board of Directors:
Chair: Aidan Phelan, Réalta - appointed to board 15/04/2014, Chair since 12/04/2016
Treasurer: Niamh Colbert, Waterford Spraoi - appointed 12/04/2016
Vice Chair: Moe Coakley - Faerie Moe - Appointed: 20/04/2015 | Re-appointed 06/04/2017
Director: Laura Ivers - Dublin Circus Project - Appointed: 20/04/2015 | Re-appointed 06/04/2017
Director: Noeline Kavanagh, Macnas - Appointed 11/04/2016
Director: Nick Kavanagh, Curious State - Appointed 19/04/2018
Director: Catherine Bourne, Cork Community Art Link - Appointed 19/04/2018
Director: Siobhan Creaton - Independent - Appointed 19/04/2018
A warm thank you to all our previous Directors.
Minutes and Notes from our Events and AGM's are available to view here:
- ISACS AGM 2017
- ISACS AGM 2016
- ISACS AGM 2015
- ISACS AGM 2014
- ISACS AGM 2013
- ISACS First Annual Conference & AGM 2012