- Operating without insurance
- Closing down
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.”
Kate’s role is a vital one which will ensure the continued growth and development of the Network. Kate will oversee the administration of the office, the financial management and the implementation of policies and procedures. You are so very welcome Kate!!
Kate is a Wexford woman originally, who spread her wings to Australia where she has lived and worked since 2010.
Date: Thursday 31st October Time: 5pm Where: Coolcotts Youth Centre
Sorcas Garman is a new initiative bringing Social and Youth Circus practice to Wexford. The project was developed in partnership with the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, Core Creations, FDYS, Wexford County Council, Wexford Arts Centre and Local Link Wexford.
Wexford Local Development have been the main stakeholder in this project throughout 2019, which has provided new and exciting ways to engage young people in creative and physical activity.
The group of young people, who are part of the FDYS Youth Project, have met every Tuesday afternoon at Wexford Arts Centre since February. There they have learned many skills such as juggling, stilt-walking, basic acrobatics, hula hoop and many more. These skills promote team building, develop self-esteem, encourage safe risk-taking and increase trust and responsibility.
Some of the feedback from the participants include:
‘Sorcas Garman is where I come to clear my mind’ (age 15)
‘Sorcas Garman is a creative outlet for me and is a great way to meet up with friends.’ (age 13)
‘It is a way to learn multiple skills and a way to convey emotions and stuff.’ (age 12)
‘Makes me feel energetic and welcomed in a group.’ (age 13)
Throughout the project the young people have worked with a wide range of artists from different practices developing new ideas and ways of working and thinking. Sorcas Garman wants to thank each and every one of these artists for all their energy, enthusiasm and contributions.
‘There has been a notable increase in confidence levels and ownership of the workshop's and the skills learned and mastered. The young people have developed life-long skills and true friendships have been formed. Also the input from the youth-workers, Wexford Arts Centre Staff and Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, has contributed to the overall feeling of solidarity and security within the group.’ said Enda Moran of Core Creations – director of Sorcas Garman.
The social impact of engaging in creative and physical activities has been noted by the FDYS team also:
‘FDYS are delighted to be part of this exciting programme, over the weeks we have watched young people grow in confidence as they learn a variety of circus skills. We are very excited to have Sorcas Garman lead this year’s Coolcatts Halloween Fest where young people will showcase the various skills they have learned over the past few months’ said Eimear McMahon FDYS youth worker
The project is now coming to the end of this the first phase and invites you all to come and see their work as part of the annual Coolcatts Halloween Festival on 31st October from 5pm in Coolcotts, Wexford. A massive thanks was extended to all the partners for their commitment and support: Wexford Local Development, FDYS, Wexford Arts Centre, Local Link Wexford, Wexford County Council, Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network and Core Creations, without whom this project would not have been possible.
If you would like to support this project going forward, we would love to hear from you.
Please contact Debbie Roche/Eimear McMahon | Youth Workers with FDYS | www.fdys.ie
Our next D.E.L.V.E. takes place at the National Circus Festival of Ireland from 15 – 17th November 2019!
The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) are thrilled to announce we have partnered with NCFI yet again to bring you our special DELVE programme for 2019 with an opportunity for two DELVE participants to attend.
Participants will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists and their fellow ISACS member and will be encouraged to share their experiences and learning’s submitting their feedback on the DELVE page of our website, sharing it on social media and any relevant online platforms!
The closing date for this programme is Tuesday 29th October at 12 noon.
Check out DELVE application requirements 2019.
It has broadened my eyes in terms of the types of performance styles and levels that our country has to offer. I would firmly recommend the DELVE programme to other ISACS members in the future.
Danielle Reck - full feedback
You will make so many connections that will help you discover more about what you want to do. And not only that you will make genuine friendships. It is completely nourishing for anyone who wants to delve into their discipline more with a professional outlook.
Nicola Moran - full feedback
Date: Sunday 4th August 2019
Time: 10 – 11.30am
Venue: Garter Lane Arts Centre, 22A O’Connell Street, Waterford, X91 DX57
This year’s theme for our very popular open forum is:
How can creativity be supported? What kinds of things does creativity need to flourish? Where does inspiration/motivation come from? What makes you feel creative?
PITCH has been designed in partnership with Culture Ireland to give an opportunity to emerging ISACS artists to present their idea in a professional environment. The chosen artists will be supported and trained in how to present their idea formally to an audience of programmers and bookers.
Core Creations are the lead facilitators for ‘Sorcas Garman’ is a brand new Social Circus project facilitated by Core Creations and developed in partnership with the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, FDYS, Wexford Arts Centre and Local Links.
This new initiative came about with the financial support of Wexford Local Development, as a way to engage young people in creative and physical activity.
The group meet at Wexford Arts Centre once a week and learn many skills such as juggling, stilt-walking, basic acro, hula hoop and many more.
‘We want to support young people to have the tools to grow a community. Social circus gives them those tools through expression, co-ordination, self-awareness, confidence and joy. This all means good things for local development, it means good things for the atmosphere and environment of a place, it means good things for the culture of a place and it ultimately means good things for a community. Positive societies, proactive societies and constructive caring societies breed happiness and happiness breeds everything else.’ said Enda Moran, lead facilitator with Core Creations.
Our next D.E.L.V.E. takes place at Spraoi Festival from 2nd to 4th August 2019!
The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) are thrilled to announce we have partnered with the Spraoi Festival to bring you our special DELVE programme for 2019 with an opportunity for two DELVE participants to attend.
Congrats to our members Ciara Moloughney and Vicky Lennie.
They have been selected to take part in our DELVE programme at Irish Aerial Dance Festival this June! For the fourth year in a row, our DELVErs will Discover, Explore, Learn Visualise and Engage with the artists at a selection of events specially selected by our festival partner and share their experiences and learning’s with you.
Keep an eye on the hashtags #DELVE19 and #IADF19.
We will be retweeting and reposting what’s happening live at the events on:
- Facebook (Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network @ISACSNetwork),
- Twitter (@ISACSIreland),
- Instagram (@ISACSIreland).
As President of Ireland it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to FRESH STREET#3.
Over the coming days, this important international seminar will bring together artists, programmers, researchers, pedagogues, journalists and policymakers from all over the globe, in celebration of street arts, in all their variety.
Surely this is a time when we need to celebrate the public world, public spaces, and public performance. A privatised world is a lesser world.
The people of Ireland take great pride in their arts and culture, and ours is a society where the work of the imagination is valued by members of the public and where the fruits of the imagination are appreciated and enjoyed. As a people, we are acutely aware of our cultural heritage, which is the bedrock of our identity, connecting us to our shared past and pointing the way to our future full of possibilities.