The ISACS L.E.A.P. programme began in 2017 and is a part of our professional training programme that provides experience for future arts leaders in research, communications and event coordination. L.E.A.P. stands for Learn, Experience, Achieve, and Prepare and trainees receive real-world experience working in an arts organisation using the learning-by-doing approach. 
This summer, three new L.E.A.P inductees Abbey Sexton, Coline Paques and Jack Beglin have jumped on board and will be assisting the team working on Communications and Research projects, during the busy upcoming festival season! 

Get to know the new trainees and the exciting projects they will be working on, before meeting them at various festivals and events this summer. Remember these faces, which will be out and about with the DELVE programme at Carlow Arts Festival and Cork Midsummer Festival!

Coline Paques
Communications and Event Co-ordination Assistant

I am Coline Pâques and I am from France where I am studying communication.  I am here in Ireland on an Erasmus internship with the ISACS LEAP program. I applied for this opportunity with ISACS to learn more about event coordination. I believe working with ISACS is a unique opportunity because of its focus on street and circus artists. I’ve been involved in dance for over eight years, studying hip hop, modern, and contemporary styles. I’d also love to have a chance to learn about the dance community in Ireland while I am here.

Jack Beglin
Research and Information Assistant

I’m Jack Beglin, a theatre facilitator, project manager, and recent graduate of a post-graduate diploma in Business in Arts & Cultural Event Management from the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (2018). As a theatre facilitator, I’ve worked with youth and adult groups in the UK, Ireland & Italy, most recently with the Valeria Vallone Dance Company in Latina, Italy, where I led a workshop series entitled “Statues of The Psyche: an exploration of the Jungian Archetype through devised - physical theatre.”  As a LEAP trainee, I’ll be conducting an audience mapping project to record and analyse the demographics that attend street art, circus and spectacle events in Ireland. I’m looking forward to exploring this vibrant sector and exchanging ideas with artists, administrators and audience members on how to develop the sector within the larger cultural landscape.   

Abbey Sexton
Communications and Event Co-ordination Assistant

I’m Abbey Sexton from Canada, and I live in the home of the Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, which was the first outdoor street arts festival of its kind in North America. I’m studying Arts and Cultural Management and Public Relations, and I’m excited about the opportunity to be a LEAP trainee with ISACS this summer because I’ll be able to learn a lot about advocacy and helping artists do what they do best! My role will be in communications, social media and event planning.

Many thanks to our latest research L.E.A.P. trainee, Defne Güçlüer, for her invaluable research work on Arts funding and contribution to ISACS members future resources database and Artist Toolkit, helping the growth and development of our sector. 

You can learn more about the L.E.A.P. Programme and the training available on our professional development page. 


The ISACS team altogether in Dublin last week for the Art of Negotiation and Business Savvy training and development session: Jack Beglin, Lucy Medlycott, Charlotte Haffner, Defne Güçlüer, Coline Paques and Abbey Sexton. (from left to right)