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Meet the candidates | ISACS board election 2018!

We are delighted to say that it's time for our members to contribute to ISACS future by voting in the Board elections
We have an excellent field of candidates for you to choose from and you can read all their biography and motivations below.

Voting will take place at our AGM on Thursday, April 19th at the Ark, Temple Bar, Dublin, after our annual public seminar Explore 2018

You must be a fully paid-up member to vote. If you want to have your say in the election, make sure your membership is up-to-date or join us now! And don't forget to return your proxy voting papers today to info@isacs.ie, if you can't attend the meeting!

A quick introduction to the ISACS Network organisation for the newbies! 

ISACS was formed as a voluntary organisation in late 2010 as an umbrella organisation for Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle to represent, raise the profile and provide a united voice for this emerging, exciting, developing and growing sector. We represent over 100 members annually and have a board of 5 - 10 Directors, who give their time and expertise to the direction of the Network.

Board of Directors Candidates

We would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing members Guillaume CoussonShane Holohan and Kim McCafferty, for all their time and contributions to the board of ISACS. There are three seats available for this election from the membership. Best of luck to all the candidates!

Nick Kavanagh - Curious State Artistic Director

Nicholas KavanaghNicholas trained at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He works as a self-employed theatre maker; devising, performing and producing new work with a diverse range of companies nationwide. Since 2012, he has collaborated with Waterford Spraoi, directing their annual festival parade and bespoke productions. In 2016, Nicholas began creating and producing his own street theatre productions under the company name ‘Curious State’, since then, he has produced two shows; “Morbid & Sons” and “The Foolhardy Three”. Both productions were Arts Council funded and have toured extensively. Nicholas is also co-founder of A Little Room – Theatre Development Centre, a space free for artists to use to develop and test new work.

I am presenting myself for election to the board of ISACS because I am extremely proud of the work the organisation has done to date. I would like to help the board represent my fellow artists and create a strong platform for you to promote your work both nationally and internationally. If elected, I will work hard to promote more funding opportunities for our sector. I am a hard-working, self-employed, theatre maker with lots of experience in promoting and supporting other artists. A vote for me is a vote for your future!

Chantal McCormick
 - Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Director and Irish Aerial Creation Centre founder.

Chantal McCormickChoreographer, teacher, facilitator and advocate for Aerial Arts throughout Ireland and abroad, Chantal trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the National Centre for Circus in London. From 1999-2008, Chantal toured with established dance and circus companies in the UK, Trinidad, Europe and Australia. Since 2004 - present Chantal directs, choreographs, and performs, indoors and outdoors, nationally and internationally with her own company Fidget Feet, Ireland’s leading and the first Aerial Dance Company.

Chantal is the Executive Artistic Director of Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, a founding member of ISACS Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network, Festival Director of the Irish Aerial Dance Fest and Professional Development Manager of the Irish Aerial Creation Centre.  

I would love to be voted back onto the board. I feel that Circus, Street Art and Spectacle needs as much strategic advocacy now more than ever to help raise the profile for us as a sector. My main objective is to help bigger organisations to help and support the growing sector because it is getting bigger and better.

Catherine Bourne
 - Cork Community Art Link General Manager

Catherine BourneCatherine Bourne is the Manager of Cork Community Art Link, joining the organization in 2017. Catherine has a background in Arts Management has worked in the Irish and international arts sector for many years in both a creative and administrative capacity. She has previously directed the Bristol Biennial, UK as well as working at the Malakta Art Factory, Finland and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, in addition to working on various projects as a curator and freelance arts manager. Catherine currently lectures in the school of Digital Arts and Humanities at University College Cork.

As CCAL Manager Catherine is responsible for the general management of the organisation, overseeing creative programme development, funding and strategic development, HR, PR, Voluntary Participation Programmes and European Mobility Projects. Catherine holds a BA (Art), PGrad Dip (Visual Art), MA, MFA and is currently undertaking a PhD innovating new models of Artist Residencies.

I am presenting myself for election to the Board of ISACS owing to my passion for developing and promoting the Street Art, Circus and Spectacle sector in Ireland and Internationally. I believe that my extensive experience in strategic planning, funding and resource procurement and diverse project and platform development would complement ISACS's organisational goals and priorities.

Ria Murphy - Aerial Cirque director

Ria MurphyRia Murphy is the founder and director of Aerial Cirque, a performance and teaching studio based in Dublin. She’s developed from being a solo performer, teaching a couple of classes per week to running a successful aerial studio, producing international productions in the span of a few years. Prior to founding Aerial Cirque, Ria picked up her acumen as an international travel show producer based out of London. 


I’m excited to see the rise and growth of the circus, street art and spectacle sector in Ireland and feel a lot of that is due to our strong position to collectively represent ourselves through ISACS. I know first hand the challenges that face us as artists and have navigated through a lot them with the help of our organisation. I am grateful for the work that our board does to support us to champion our sector, and feel I can bring an energetic drive, experience, and acumen to continue these efforts at ISACS. 

David Spathaky
 - AaeroFisher

I have over 30 years’ experience in performance and I'm also a crabby, disruptive, 64-year-old cripple with much to offer. I have a penchant for punchy, precise & frequently florid prose. I spent 2017 on the steering group of UK National Association of Street Artists (NASA-UK). I perform, write, think, dance, draw, meditate, paint and direct. I run Clown Power, a discussion group on the transformative power of performance.
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Notable work includes:

  • The Amazing Mendezies - Described by comedian Andy Smart as, “The undisputed Kings of Covent Garden street performing”.
  • Ra-Ra Zoo - Seminal Innovative Variety/Circus Theatre Company.
  • Performance and/or Devising Director
    • Clown Noir/Simon Thompson, 
    • Lords of Strut/Cian & Cormac
    • Monsieur Gusto/Will Flanagan,
    • Sara Ski - Clown
    • Emergency Exit Arts - Crowds & Power
    • Le La Les
    • The Other Half
  • In Publication: ‘The Sky, Full Of Foxes’ - a metaphysical novel.
  • In process: 'Ouroboros' memoirs of a circus survivor and a series of illustrations for Ouroboros.

I’m an advocate of;

  • Wider access to creative expression.
  • Accessible and readable grant application processes.
  • Budgetary transparency.
  • Artist-led arts
  • Equality, diversity and accessibility.
  • Dancing your socks off.

Voting process

Each member or member organisation may fill out a single voting form. We are asking for two of our members to be the tellers, your vote will not be revealed. If you cannot attend on the 19th, you may also send a proxy in your stead, the receipt for proxy applications is today, the 23rd of April 2018Please login your member's space and return your voting Proxy voting papers to info@isacs.ie.

A few thoughts...

  • Diversity: any Board functions best if it is a broad and diverse group, representing the many different facets of the ISACS membership and the many different occupations within the sector.

  • Experience: We are passionate about bringing new voices onto the Board and encourage members with no previous experience of governance to stand alongside those who have served on boards for several years previously;  we have observed this as a very healthy way to operate and it means that ISACS can play a part in changing and diversifying the face of cultural leadership for our sector.

  • Regionality: ISACS is a national organisation and our candidates cover many areas across Ireland; we're looking for national representation.

We ask you to consider these matters when you are making your selection and help us gather as wide, lively and reflective a team as possible. Download our Guide to the Role of Board Member for further information.


Best of luck to all the candidates!

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