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!
Part-time (30 hours per week) – Annual remuneration: €21,600
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.
Part-time (25 hours per week) – Annual remuneration: €14,400
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
Artistic Director of Realta Productions a company specialising in acro stilt performance since 2009. They have performed all over the world from Asia to USA to Europe. He is the Creative Director for the Limerick Patricks Day Parade 2017 and is the Chairperson of ISACS, The Irish Street Arts and Spectacle Network.
Vice Chair: Moe Coakley - Faerie Moe - Appointed: 20/04/2015 | Re-appointed 06/04/2017
Moe Coakley is an Event Programmer and Creative Consultant based in Dublin. People are her favourite and she likes to create obstacles for their mind to climb, through interactive art installations and audience immersive theatrical performance. In short, she is actively pedalling weirdness for public consumption.
Treasurer: Niamh Colbert, Waterford Spraoi - appointed 12/04/2016
Biography: I have worked with Waterford Spraoi for the past 18 years, initially as an artist but in recent years as an Arts Administrator and Financial Manager. I have a National Diploma in Fine Art from W.I.T., a FETAC level 6 qualification in Arts Administration and am also an ACCA Certified Accounting Technician. I also regularly partake in upskill training with the Arts Council and Waterford Chamber of Commerce covering areas such as governance, data protection, financial reporting, employment legislation and child protection.
Director: Laura Ivers - Dublin Circus Project - Appointed: 20/04/2015 | Re-appointed 06/04/2017
Biography: Laura is a circus artist, teacher and director based in Dublin. Originally inspired by object manipulation, Laura dabbles with all circus skills and is very passionate about evolving the circus arts in Ireland.
She has been Chairperson of Dublin Circus Project since 2015, a non-profit organisation that facilitates a multi-skill circus training centre, offers circus education opportunities and creates original circus productions. Laura has an MA in Philosophy from NUI Maynooth and a CPD in Project Management from the Digital Skills Academy.
Director: Noeline Kavanagh, Macnas - Appointed 11/04/2016
Biography: Noeline Kavanagh is an award winning director, writer and facilitator. She is currently artistic director and CEO of Macnas an internationally acclaimed spectacle theatre company based in Galway. Her outdoor spectacle shows with Macnas include SXSW Festival USA 2016, Hull City of Culture 2017, Fringe Festival Dublin200/2011, Bram Stoker Festival IRL 2014- 2017, Macnas Halloween Galway,2013- Woodford Folf Festival & Womad Festival Australia 2014, Chaoyang Festival Bejing China 2015, Wilderness Festival UK,2015 Bestival and the Roundhouse London 2016. Noeline has collaborated with Welfare State International, Liverpool Lantern Company, Rough Magic Theatre Company, The Abbey, Els Comediants, Fishamble Theatre, Fatima Mansions, South Bank London Festival, BBC, Newbury Corn Exchange and Liverpool Hope Street.
Director: Chantal (McCormick) Daly, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance & Irish Aerial Creation Centre - Appointed 19/04/2018
Choreographer, teacher, facilitator and international advocate for Aerial Arts, Chantal trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the National Centre for Circus. 1999-2008 toured with established dance and circus companies in the UK, Trinidad, Europe and Australia. 2004 – present, directs, choreographs, and performs, indoors and outdoors, nationally and internationally as Executive Artistic Director of Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, Ireland’s leading and the first Aerial Dance Company. She is a founding member of ISACS, Festival Director of the Irish Aerial Dance Fest, Professional Development Manager of the Irish Aerial Creation Centre, and associate partner on Creative Europe projects Vertical Dance Forum and School of Spectacle European Arts Academy.
Director: Nick Kavanagh, Curious State - Appointed 19/04/2018
Nicholas trained at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He works as a self-employed theatre maker; devising, performing and producing new work with a diverse range of companies nationwide. Since 2012, he has collaborated with Waterford Spraoi, directing their annual festival parade and bespoke productions. In 2016, Nicholas began creating and producing his own street theatre productions under the company name ‘Curious State’, since then, he has produced two shows; “Morbid & Sons” and “The Foolhardy Three”. Both productions were Arts Council funded and have toured extensively. Nicholas is also co-founder of A Little Room – Theatre Development Centre, a space free for artists to use to develop and test new work.
Director: Catherine Bourne, Cork Community Art Link - Appointed 19/04/2018
Catherine Bourne is the Manager of Cork Community Art Link, joining the organization in 2017. Catherine has a background in Arts Management has worked in the Irish and international arts sector for many years in both a creative and administrative capacity. She has previously directed the Bristol Biennial, UK as well as working at the Malakta Art Factory, Finland and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, in addition to working on various projects as a curator and freelance arts manager. Catherine currently lectures in the school of Digital Arts and Humanities at University College Cork. As CCAL Manager Catherine is responsible for the general management of the organisation, overseeing creative programme development, funding and strategic development, HR, PR, Voluntary Participation Programmes and European Mobility Projects.
Director: Siobhan Creaton - Independent - Appointed 19/04/2018
Siobhan’s background is in media and strategic political communications. She is the former Finance Correspondent at The Irish Times, former Business Correspondent at the Irish Independent and has worked with a range of Irish and international broadcasters including RTE, TV3, BBC and ITV providing commentary and contributing to documentaries.
She wrote the first book on Ryanair and an unauthorised biography of Denis O'Brien and co-authored Panic at the Bank, a story about a rogue trader. She worked with Ruairi Quinn (Minister for Education and skills) as his media adviser and as Director of Communications at the Department of Education and Skills.
Since 2013 she has been at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland where she has developed the new role of Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy. She oversees and directs their engagement with the media, has developed and coordinated some of the biggest public health campaigns including support for the Public Health Alcohol Bill, the Sugar Tax (which has been adopted and implemented in May 2018) and encouraged uptake of the HPV vaccine. She works with a range of doctors to support them in the media. She is also a registered lobbyist and manages obligations under the Lobbying Act. She works very closely with the Oireachtas (Irish parliament), organising experts to give testimony on health legislation and the health services, making submissions and helping the college to influence public policy.
Her skillset includes strategic communications, media engagement, advocacy.
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