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ISACS Member - Spraoi St Patrick's Parade 2017 | Photographer Graham Cullen

Insurance update and report | November 2019

INSURANCE REFORM

The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network have been advocating for Insurance Reform for this sector for over three years. Insurance has long been an issue for artists, but it really came to a head in 2017 when the UK underwriters started to withdraw from trading in Ireland, leaving only one provider for the teaching of aerial skills. Subsequently the costs for same went up by five times in less than a year, even with no claims. That underwriter (Lloyds) has since withdrawn, leaving not a single provider for the teaching of circus skills, in particular aerial, or anything which is off the ground by more than 1.5 metres in Ireland.
This leaves many artists and organisations at risk of two things:
  • Operating without insurance
  • Closing down
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A 6 month long L.E.A.P.

The last L.E.A.P. programme addition of 2019 is Augustina Vasile. She will be assisting the team in the following 6 months (until May 2020) with communication and event planning activities while also learning new skills in managing an artists’ network and advocating for street arts and circus.
ISACS started the L.E.A.P. programme in 2017. This programme is a part of the professional training programme that offers future arts leaders experience in research, communications and event coordination. L.E.A.P. means Learn, Experience, Achieve, and Prepare and by the means of the learning-by-doing approach participants receive real-world experience working in an arts organisation. 

Here is a small testimonial from Augustina which will help you get to know her before meeting her in person in ISACS’ next events.
  
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ISACS at National Circus Festival of Ireland 2019

Thank you to National Circus Festival of Ireland for welcoming us so warmly ! We were absolutely delighted to take part in this event.

This year, for#DELVE19,
Elysia Mc Mullen and Deirdre Griffin experienced for the first time NCFI at Tralee. 
For these new ISACS members, this was a great opportunity to seek inspiration and make new contacts.
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Future of Ireland’s Leading Centre for Youth and Social Circus Development: Threatened by Insurance.

Street Arts Body calls for Local Authorities to intervene with emergency measure.

ISACS, the The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network has expressed its dismay at the announcement that Galway Community Circus, one of Irelands flagship social circus projects, has been forced to cancel all classes for their 650 members and may be forced to close its doors due to the lack of available, adequate insurance, jeopardising one of the main projects of Galway Capital of Culture 2020.

Lucy Medlycott, Director of ISACS said “So far, no insurance reform put forward by the Government has done anything to protect the provision of liability insurance for the Galway Community Circus (GCC) or any of our other member organisations. As an emergency measure we call on the local authorities of Ireland, who benefit hugely from the presence of street artists in their communities, to act immediately to instruct the insurance company they own, the Irish Public Bodies mutual, to cover the activities of our members as an emergency measure while we wait for insurance reform to take effect.

“It makes no sense to us in ISACS, that the State can support the creation of many projects which are in the public interest, but cannot facilitate the provision of insurance to these projects to protect themselves.”

“The Arts Council of Ireland alongside the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, have increased their investment in street art in recent times, recognising their hugely democratic, civic and accessible nature. They believe in this work and in its benefits for our society. It follows that they would like to support the development of the next generation of artists to continue the work put in to date. In order to do that, it is vital that centres like Galway Community Circus can continue to deliver the high quality training programmes that they do. GCC has taken years to build these programmes and have grown a particularly specialist team of staff to deliver same. Ireland will be the loser, if nothing is done about providing insurance RIGHT NOW to protect the over 20 jobs which GCC provides.”

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DELVE19: Meet the NCFI DELVErs

Congrats to ISACS members Elysia McMullen and Deirdre Griffin !

They have both been selected to take part in our DELVE programme at National Circus Festival of Ireland this November! For the fourth year in a row, our DELVErs will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists and programmers at a selection of events specially selected by our festival partner and share their experiences and learning’s with you. 

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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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