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Meet National Circus Festival of Ireland

Meet National Circus Festival of Ireland

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing National Circus Festival of Ireland, one of the most exciting circus festival in Ireland, organised every year in Tralee, Kerry by Fanzini Production. The festival is an opportunity to see eye-popping international shows...

Meet Spraoi, Waterford!

Meet Spraoi, Waterford!

Photo:  Spraoi St Patrick's Parade 2014 We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing Spraoi, a well-established and renowned street theatre company from Waterford, perhaps best known for its annual Spraoi Festival and Parade held every August Bank Holiday weekend...

Meet Cork Circus Factory!

Meet Cork Circus Factory!

Picture: Pizzicu Piz | Interviewee: Cormac Mohally  We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing Circus Factory, Cork’s only dedicated circus training, creation and performance space. Circus Factory a member-led organisation run by a collective of professional and aspiring circus artist volunteers who strive to advance circus...

Meet Aisling Ní Cheallaigh!

Meet Aisling Ní Cheallaigh!

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! First up is the very talented Aisling Ni Cheallaigh who has worked and trained with fellow ISACS Members Fidget Feet, Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Ether Productions , Aerial Cirque and Taking Flight...

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ISACS supports and advocates for the development of Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle.
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The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network We are a collaborative network of people and organisations interested in the development of the Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle art forms for, with and by Irish artists. We represent over 70 member organisations and individuals across Ireland and beyond. We have a voluntary Board of Directors which are elected by the members in rotation at our Annual General Meeting. We aim to raise the profile, increase recognition and support the development of the sector by:
  • Information and resource sharing
  • Advocacy and Policy development
  • Training and Professional Support
  • National and International Networking

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Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network

Support, development and advocacy for Irish arts
Date: Saturday 17th June 
Time: 2-4pm
Where: Circus Factory, Centre Park Road, Cork
Tickets: Free entrance but ticketed: book seat here
 

blurring the lines


Join the Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network for an afternoon discussion about collaboration & the rise of interdisciplinary arts.

 

Hear from a range of artists, practitioners and projects which have specialised in merging art forms in new and unusual ways; uncovering new styles, new techniques, new circus, new theatre, new stories and new ways of telling them, merging the old and the new, the traditional with the contemporary, the audience and the performer, the digital and the physical, the inside with the outside. Be part of a conversation which challenges our notions of what is art, where art belongs and who is it for.

In association with the Circus Factory Cork and Cork Midsummer Festival.

Speakers include:

  • Emmet Kirwan
  • Dr Jools Gilson, UCC
  • Noelle O’Regan, Circus Factory Cork
  • Marc O’Sullivan (Vallig)

 

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emmet Kirwan Blurring the lines

 

Emmet Kirwan

Emmet Kirwan Is an actor-playwright and poet. He has been a feature of Irish theatre, film and television for over 15 years.

He is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. His first full-length play, Dublin Oldschool has had a series of sell-out runs at Project Arts centre, toured internationally and opened in the National Theatre in London’s West End in January.

He is also the recipient of The Stewart Parker trust major bursary award 2014 for Dublin Oldschool, it was also nominated for the First Forth-night award and The Bewleys Little Gem award 2014.

  • He wrote and starred in the Irish Television comedy series Sarah and Steve for Accomplice Television and RTE, the Irish national broadcaster.
  • Short Films include Escape Plans (Calipo films) Outside (Still Films)
  • Other Plays include RIOT for This Is Pop Baby (Winner of best production Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016). His plays for young people include Half 3 Heroes and This Hit Parade both for Dublin Youth Theatre.

Emmet is a participant in the Irish Theatre Institute’s Six in the attic programme. 

 

 


Jools Gilson Blurring the lines

 

 Dr Jools Gilson, UCC

Professor Jools Gilson at University College Cork is a trans-disciplinary artist-scholar and broadcaster.

She directed the dance theatre company half/angel from 1995 to 2006, and since 2010 has made creative radio for RTÉ and the BBC. Her texts, choreography and installation have been performed and exhibited internationally.

She has received bursaries and awards from The Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, The Arts Council of England, The Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), ResCen (Centre for Research into Creation in the Performing Arts, UK) and others. Jools is also an award-winning radio broadcaster.

She holds a practice-based PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Surrey, and taught performance at the University of Hull and Dartington College of Arts (UK) before coming to Ireland. She taught in the School of English at UCC from 1996 – 2016, where she was Associate Director of the MA in Creative Writing from 2013. She was appointed Professor of Creative Practice and Head of the School of Music and Theatre in 2016.

 

 

 


"Noelle

 

Noelle O’Regan, Circus Factory Cork

 

Noelle O’Regan has a wide and varied background in physical theatre, outdoor adventure sports, circus skills and education.

Noelle has a small Street Theatre Company called ‘Bread and Jam Spectacle’. She set this up last year with Visual and Performance Artist, Tom Campbell and Set Designer and Performer, Sam Hamilton.

In addition, Noelle is an active member of the Circus Factory in Cork, ISACS (Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle) and Clowns without Borders.

Noelle truly enjoys the challenges and successes of collaborating with artists from many different practises and backgrounds. Her big Passion is bringing Art out onto the street. So her work and others can be seen by the masses and to move all classes, ethnicities and ages.

 

 

 

 


Mark O Sullivan Blurring the lines

 

Marc O’Sullivan (Vallig)

 

Marc O’Sullivan is an artist, writer and curator.

He was Arts Editor of the Irish Examiner from 2008 - 2014, and now serves as Arts Director of Beara Arts Festival.

His curatorial credits include the exhibitions Terry O'Neill at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery in 2013 and Seán Scully: "Figure/Abstract at the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork in 2015."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is a rope

Membership Benefits

Becoming a member of ISACS will help the sector to collectively advocate, develop policy and support the development of the future of the Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle art forms in Ireland.

Our members are individuals and organisations who actively support, create, participate and encourage the development of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle arts across Ireland.
  • Mentoring & professional support
  • Members profile & event listings on ISACS website
  • Invitations to national and international showcases and events
  • Members only professional development programs
  • Increased visibility through online media
  • Discounts for members on many schemes including insurance, accounting, graphic design, video
  • Access to listing of current national & international opportunities
  • Regular members-only newsletter
  • Members Only online and offline discussion groups
  • Members voting, AGM and Board of Directors candidacy rights

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Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network

Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
00 353 (0)87 0541812 info@isacs.ie