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ISACS Member - Spraoi
ISACS Member - Spraoi by JL Creatives
Date: Thurs.  6 / 04 / 2017
Time: 10:30 am – 15:00 pm | AGM 15:15-16:00
Where: The Ark | Dublin
Tickets: Free eventbrite registration 


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Explore Meeting - 2015

 'EXplore' is ISACS annual seminar looking at street arts, circus and spectacle and their vitality in Ireland today.  EXplore is a free, public, open events’ full day seminar taking place on Thursday, 6th of April at the Ark, in Dublin from 10:30 am to 15:00 pm. 

Those who make the trip to this information-packed event will embark on a full day's journey with presentations, discussions and explorations into the art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle, learning about avenues of creation, expanding horizons and discovering new territories! 

Come along, make new contacts, hear about the latest ground-breaking projects and connect with the Irish street art, circus and spectacle community and creative minds.






EXplore will be followed by ISACS Annual General Meeting (members only).




10.30 – 11.00: Registration, Tea & Coffee


11.00 – 11.10

Aidan Phelan – ISACS Chairperson
Welcome and Introduction


11.10 – 11.30

 Lucy Medlycott – ISACS Chief Executive Officer
Annual Report on ISACS activities 2016 & future programmes



11.30 – 11.45: Comfort Break


11.45 – 12.00

TVHonan SPEAKER Explore

TV Honan, Director Spraoi
‘Spraoi 25 years: Then and Now’


T.V. Honan is the Director of Waterford Spraoi International Street Arts Festival. In 1993 he was a founder of the event and in 2002 he led the development of Spraoi Studios, Ireland’s only purpose-built street arts facility.

He has a background in professional theatre and popular music and was founding Managing Director of Red Kettle Theatre Company. He continues to advise Theatre Upstairs, a Dublin venue specialising in premiering new plays and productions.

T.V. has been a member of The Arts Council, a member of the Cultural Affairs Committee at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Waterford City Development Board. He is a Director of Garter Lane Arts Centre and has advised Local Authorities in various parts of Ireland. He holds an M.A. in Arts and Heritage Management.


12.00 – 12.15

Niamh NicGhabhann speakerEXplore

Dr Niamh NicGhabhann, Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
‘Drawing the Crowd’; Audience Research Focus’


Niamh NicGhabhann is a lecturer at the University of Limerick, and course director of the MA Festive Arts programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Her research interests include the dynamics of festivity and urban public space, cultural entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary research practices.

Her monograph, Medieval Ecclesiastical Buildings in Ireland, 1789-1915 - Building on the Past was published by Four Courts Press in 2015. The MA Festive Arts programme won the 2015 'Best New Course' award at the National Postgrad Ireland awards. Niamh is currently working with ISACS to develop an audience research strategy for street arts, circus and spectacle.



12.15 – 12.30

Q & A Session



12.30 – 13.00

Open Newsround 


Paddy Waters

Ulla Hokkanen – Galway Community Circus

Darragh McLoughlin – Squarehead Productions

Annette Clarke & Chantal McCormick – Irish Aerial Creation Centre

Henrik Gard – Circomara presents Craicrobats

Dea Birkett – Circus 250

Mike Leahy - Spraoi, Waterford

Kim McCafferty - Fanzini Productions


ISACS AGM 2015 speakers

The Open News Round is one of this year’s programme novelties offering the unique opportunity for  ISACS members to present their latest project in front of fellow peers, attendees and enthusiast’s.


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch by Jennie Moran, Luncheonette

Greg Quinn of IOMST will be on hand during the lunch break to answer any insurance related queries.



14.00 – 14.15

Ray Yeates speaker Explore

Ray Yeates, Dublin City Council
‘Local Authorities, Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle: Working Together’


Ray Yeates is the current Dublin City Arts Officer. Ray Yeates began directing and acting at UCD in the late 70’s. After some years freelancing he formed Deilt Productions, an Irish Language Theatre and Television company. He started directing at the Abbey Theatre in 1983 and was appointed Deputy Artistic Director in 1985 at the age of 24.

He emigrated to New York in 1992 where he was a resident teacher at The Irish Arts Centre and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was Artistic Director of The Shades of Green Arts Festival in the Bronx. He returned to acting in New York performing Dermot Bolger’s ‘In High Germany’ and in The Steppenwolf/Long Wharf production of ‘The Playboy of Western World’ as well as ‘The Poetry of Stone’ by Larry Kirwan.

Following this, Ray was the Artistic Director of axis: Ballymun. With axis, Ray has toured to America, the UK, Belgium, Poland and around Ireland. In June 2008 Ray was awarded ‘Best Arts Champion’ at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards and was appointed as director of Breaking Ground, the percent for arts programme for Ballymun in October 2008.


14.15 – 14.30

GracieMarshall ISACSmember

Gracie Marshall, Circus Performer
‘Circus at home and abroad and why I keep coming home’


Gracie Marshall discovered circus in Cork when she was 16. From there she went on to train at the of National Centre for Circus Arts London, Melbourne and Beijing International Circus School. She has also performed in America with company "The Lucent Dossier Experience". Gracie is currently performing with Fanzini Productions 'Circus Jukebox' and teaching regular classes at the Circus Factory, Cork.


14.30 – 14.45

Q & A Session


14.45 – 15.00

Brainstorm on the Future: Time for you to tell us your vision for ISACS


15.15 – 16.00

AGM (Members Only)







Getting there

The Ark is located in the heart of Temple Bar in Dublin 2. on Eustace Street, which links Dame Street, at the South Great George’s Street junction, and the Quays, at the Millennium Bridge. It is easy to access by foot and public transport.

More information here.

The Ark location map




Irish Street Arts Circus and Spectacle Network

Irish Theatre Institute, 17 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
00 353 (0)87 0541812 info@isacs.ie
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