DELVE: Discover, Explore, Learn, Visualise and Engage – aims to support artists to experience and be inspired by art through a range of festivals and programmes throughout Ireland. We go, we see, we watch, we listen, we learn, we connect with art and art makers and we get inspired.

We are delighted to bring DELVE back to life with a visit to Carlow Arts Festival with the selected artists, Polina Shapkina (Erebidae) and Gill Byrne (Gillybean)!

Polina and Gill will join ISACS Director, Lucy Medlycott to the following shows:

About Polina

Polina Shapkina HeadshotPolina Shapkina is a Russian born, Dublin reared aerialist, fire performer and contemporary circus artist. She works solo work as well as generating and directing larger shows under the name “Erebidae” – a circus theatre group and love child of herself and storyteller/circus artist Aoife Kavanagh.

She relishes looking at themes of ego, nature, archetypes and mysticism through her work which she showcases across a broad variety of events in Ireland, Thailand and India.

View her ISACS profile here→

About Gill

Gill Byrne Headshot 2021An emerging circus artist; with a BA in Drama(Performance) and a deep background in dance, movement, and outdoor pursuits. Gills involvement in circus arts began in 2016 (hulahoop, trapeze, acrobatics). She performs with hula hoop, fire dance, and character work at corporate events and festivals, as a Youth Tutor with Dublin Circus Project, and volunteer with Clowns Without Borders.

Recent artistic achievements include receiving The Arts Council Professional Development Award 2020, Carlow Arts Festival WEDGE funds 2020,performing in ‘Who’s There?’, Erebidae Circus, Culture Night 2019; ‘The Art of Living Portal 8’, DUGONG, Mexico 2019.

Gill has previously worked alongside The Fairy and the Fiddler, Pyre Productions, and Mythmaker(Canada) and is currently expanding her practise as a multidisciplinary circus artist and is drawn to creating acts. Creatively, she is inspired by the power of wild and remote places, and seeks to express these feelings through her artistic practice.

View her ISACS profile here→