ISACS is delighted to announce Claire McKervey and Annique van Niekerk are the two ISACS artists invited to join Helen, ISACS’ Operations Manager, to experience the Irish Aerial Dance Festival for their 15th-anniversary edition. While in Donegal, the artists will also attend the Wild Atlantic Weekend’s Circus Éire show as part of the Earagail Arts Festival.

DELVE: Discover, Explore, Learn, Visualise and Engage – aims to support artists to experience and be inspired by art through various 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.

Here is what they say about their expectations:

I have always wanted to attend IADF since I started training aerial in 2013. The landscape of aerial artists has changed so much since then and I am very inspired by contemporary circus. I recently received my first couple of funding opportunities and am looking for collaborators to make art with. I believe the IADF is a fantastic place to meet enthusiastic likeminded performers to create ensemble works with and it’s exactly the kind of place that shapes the ecosystem of contemporary circus and aerial dance, where my passions lie.

-Annique van Niekerk


I believe DELVE at the IDAF would be a wonderful way to connect with artists, pick their brains on their processes of creating, training and teaching as well as and having the potential to discover people to work with, something I am craving within my own practice.

-Claire McKervey





Artists bios

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Claire McKervey

Claire is a multidisciplinary artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and is currently working for Circusful as a trainer for circus classes both in house and on outreach projects. Claire also performs aerial dance trapeze and walkabout hula hooping for various events around NI. They are also in the beginnings of working with a photographer to create artistic circus related images and in their own spare time working with visuals that will be incorporated into performances.

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Annique van Niekerk

Annique van Niekerk is a Dublin based multi-disciplinary artist with a diverse background in aerial dance and choreography, visual art, design and music production. She has turned her focus to making immersive performances which consider deeply the intersections of contemporary sculpture, dance and circus using live generated soundscapes. Her work is concerned with materiality, deep ecology, and the mysterious spaces between inner and outer worlds of the artist and their audience. Creating holistic and engaging experiences for Irish audiences, which awaken all senses is of utmost importanc in e in her practice. She holds a BDes in Fashion Design, BA in History of Art & Design from the National College of Art and Design, Postgraduate qualification in Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin, and has studied music production with Pulse College Windmill Lane.