The ISACS Network are delighted to partner again with Wexford Arts Centre to bring you back LIFT – one of our artist development programme. This residency offers mentoring and creation space for duo ground-based circus artists via an open-call residency. LIFT is supported by County Wexford Arts Department, Wexford County Council and Arts Council Ireland.

LIFT aims to provide space, support, expertise and room for circus artists to develop their practice. The selected artist for this 2023 edition is Barry Cahill

The artists will be granted the use of theatre space at Wexford Arts Centre along with the support of the Arts centre staff in the form of skill share sessions and mentoring from the centre’s Technician, Marketing Manager and Director. The use of a hot desk at the ISACS Network office for desktop research and subsequent reports/applications will also be made available.

About Barry Cahill

Street Entertainer Barry Cahill Photo Denis Byrne

A clown who began his professional training 5 years ago, Barry has continued to train under some of the great clown practitioners, beginning here in Ireland with Raymond Keane at the Lir Academy, Dr SimonThompson ‘Clown Noir’, JefJohnson, Philippe Gaulier School in France, Angela De Castro, BillIrwin, Nola Rae and Jango Edwards and the Nouveau ClownInstitute in Barcelona. He is currently working on developing his first solo clown show and is excited to incorporate and advance this learning into future projects. Barry constantly strives to strengthen his network as an artist and to work collaboratively with others to make original work for adults and children alike.

What does he expect from LIFT?

Taking part in this LIFT Residency would provide me and my mentor, Dr SimonThompson, the space and support to spend a full week working and developing my idea for my solo clown show. The idea I am exploring and investigating is the nature of the Hobo Clown in a modern context and setting. I am interested in where, why, how and what he has to offer against the ever-increasing disconnection humanity faces. From his emergence during the American ‘ depression’ to his influence on Beckett and Dr Who (as cosmic hobo), he has evolved and widened his presence. What could he be today for me? And what does he have to offer his modern audience?