Last weekend, we were delighted to bring our third instalment of  DELVE programme for 2021 to Pitch’d Festival in Cork.

The DELVE (Discover, Explore, Learn, Visualise and Engage) programme – 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.

At Pitch’d, ISACS artists Elysia Mc Mullen and Carly Justin were invited to join Lucy Medlycott (Director of ISACS) and Jonah McGreevy (Loosysmokes) to experience the festival.

Together, they attended the following:

Gallery of images from the shows attended:

Here’s what our artists had to say about their DELVE experience:

I had an amazing two days down at Cork Pitch’D Festival. Full of activities beginning with the Crawford Museum and discovering Rambrandt and his inventive techniques of etchings and paintings – the detail in his work was highly impressive. After that, we saw works from Irish painter Brian Maguire in his exhibition REMAINS – Big, bold and beautiful, hidden within the strokes lies the suffering of a soul. I thoroughly enjoyed both exhibitions.

Then we had an eventful night and day of performances in the Circus Factory. It was such a joy to meet new and familiar faces and to enjoy live performances once again. From circus, dance, theatre, and rap!! Some of the artists were, Fling, Tom Campbell, Lidija Sola, Baubo Company, Paddy Doyle and Noelle Ni Riagain – we were spoilt with such variety of the shows. Elysia Mc Mullen

Thank you so much to everyone at ISACS for selecting me to participate in DELVE Cork. As a new member of ISACS, it was amazing to meet so many talented and welcoming people in one weekend and to see so many great acts perform live after such a long time. I must admit, I was a bit nervous when I first arrived in Cork on Saturday, as it was my first time attending an event like this, but as soon as I met everyone my nervousness left – as I was welcomed into the ISACS family straight away.

As someone who is relatively new to aerial and all things performance, it was great to chat with artists of other disciplines and to get some advice and learn more about them and their careers.

I want to say thank you Jonah for being our tour guide and mentor on Saturday and of course, thank you Lucy for being such an amazing host. You know that you are in good company when you can happily sit with a large group of strangers and still feel welcomed and included!  Meeting everyone and talking about our experiences was great and it has made me think about what direction I want to go with in my own aerial career. Carly Justin