The LEAP programme addition between March and June 2019 was Cyrille Roussial . Cyrille spent 3 months with the ISACS team in our Wexford HQ, assisting with research and information, while also learning news skills in managing an artists network.
What Cyrille had to say about his LEAP experience:
I had the pleasure to work with Lucy Medlycott, who welcomed me warmly in her Wexford office. These three-months of internship were very enriching: I did a lot of various tasks in different contexts and locations.
Most of the time, I had to initiate, gather and distribute information and research on the Irish street arts and circus sectors, which included managing regularly the ISACS social media and website. I also had the opportunity to help Lucy Medlycott and Alonso Lobato to organise and evaluate the third edition of the international seminar for the development of street arts (FRESH STREET#3) in Galway and Inis Oírr. This allowed me to expand my skills in event coordination and organisation. Being part of the ISACS team gave me the chance to work with close partners such as Circostrada Network and Galway 2020 – European Capital of Culture.
Coming from an academic background in Performing Arts, this traineeship was designed as a relevant and complementary experience to my previous ones, and helped me to better understand the reality of circus and streets arts sectors. This was indeed a special time to reflect on the role of an umbrella and service organisation such as ISACS. The needs and issues that circus and street arts development requires, involves and raises for an organisation with the responsibility for same were new and interesting to me.
I highly recommend the L.E.A.P. programme which provides good working conditions to anyone who would like to discover a part of the Irish cultural sector. This experience is the opportunity to have a better idea of the range of jobs which you could do in the future or invent for yourself. Thanks to her experience as both street artist and network director, Lucy Medlycott will give you not only a better understanding of the importance of international relations in these sectors, but also a working method for imagining and conceiving projects and events in the creative industries.