The ISACS Network was delighted to bring back the exciting bursary opportunity for one ISACS member to attend a 2 week street arts training programme in Spain at SPASA 2023.

Liza Cox was the bursary recipient to attend the international two-week street arts training programme in Lleida – Spain.

Over 2 weeks, from August 26th – September 10th, Liza had the opportunity to work with four companies – MurmuyoLjud GroupOndaurto TeatroNuovo Cinema Neo Cinetico – offering intensive masterclasses for participants interested in creating in public space.

We were also delighted that ISACS members Alex Herring and Edaein Samuels attended Spasa independently for their own professional development.

Here is what Liza said about her experience:

I was particularly interested in attending SPASA as I lived in Catalunya and speak Catalan – a huge part of the draw for me was creating new contacts with Catalan street artists.

The group of attendants was inspiring to be a part of, with artists coming from all over, and with a diverse range of artistic and theatrical languages and practices. There was an openness and a generosity within the group, a joy in the creation process, that made the experience an extremely positive one. The workshops were also inspiring; again, it was a chance to immerse in distinct ways of working and artistic processes, from thesite-responsive community-based work of NCNC to the larger-scale bouffon inspired practice of Ondadurto, to the anarchic mayhem of Murmuyo. It was a pleasure to learn from these facilitators, and to learn and create alongside a very inspiring group of artists. Ondadurto and Murmuyo’s practices have a basis in the Lecoq methodology,which I trained in – it was very interesting to re-immerse myself in these ways of working, and also to see different ways of applying this methodology within an artistic process.

On the whole the training was hugely inspiring and re-energising, reconnecting me with ways of working and providing a source of new ideas and new future collaborators. My partner in Baubo Alex Herring (who also attended SPASA) and I are discussing a new project with some of the other workshop attendees.The programme ended with a trip to Fira Tàrrega, which was another huge source of inspiration – the chance to see contemporary street and indoor theatre from Catalan and international artists is always a welcome one, and the weekend provided me again with rich sources of inspiration, and chances to network with other artists and international programmers.

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