The professional development programme N.E.S.T: New Emerging Street Talent has come about through an innovative partnership between ISACS and Spraoi Waterford with mentorship by Simon Thompson this year. ISACS gratefully acknowledges the support for NEST from the Arts Council of Ireland.
The three artists will spend one week in residence at the Spraoi studios from Monday 31st of July to Friday 4th of August for a full week of mentoring with the Spraoi team and guest mentor Bill Palmer of Avanti Display before presenting their work at the Spraoi Festival on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of August at 7pm which will be MC'ed by the famous Lords of Strut. The artists will have the opportunity to be evaluated, advised and meet international artists and promoters over the weekend.
What's on at Spraoi this year?
Spraoi Festival will host national and international acts at Ireland's longest running international street arts festival, all in the historical city of Waterford. The annual Spraoi Festival and Parade is held every August Bank Holiday weekend and celebrates Spraoi 25 years in 2017.
The Festival, devoted to Street Art has become a firm favourite among locals and tourists alike and attracts an over 100,000 people to Waterford City over its three days. It’s now better known locally as “The Spraoi Weekend”.
This year Spraoi celebrates River Suir, with Source to Sea theme.
Spraoi is an ISACS member and partner on many projects.
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Who are the artists?
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My name is Séverine (aka Sevesfeathers) and I am a Dublin-based artist specialised in hand-balancing (performing and teaching) with a MA in Literature and Theatre. I am passionate about image-creating and storytelling using movement research, strength and flexibility training, embodiment, multi-disciplinary projects and visual arts such as photography.
My most recent artistic achievements involve hand-balancing, aerial and acrobatics for Dublin Circus Project's Halloween Cabaret 2016, "Poe". More importantly, I created my first original solo hand-balancing act, "Unguarded", as part of my exploratory movement research on vulnerability and the ephemeral. "Unguarded" was successfully debuted in December 2016 in Dublin Circus Project's Christmas Cabaret and performed at the Dublin Circus Festival in March 2017. It is currently featured in the programme of The Carlow Arts Festival 2017.
When I am not training or creating new acts, I can be found teaching residential handstand courses and workshops in the Dublin Circus Project Training Centre!
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My name is Tom Campbell I'm a visual artist and performer. I have been involved with performance and busked for over 20 years. My main passion being clown and mask.
I have been to many workshops and arranged lots of cabarets and collaborative performances. I am a member of Cork Circus Factory. I have worked as a professional performer at many festivals in Ireland and beyond, including Glastonbury, Lowlands and Festival of Fools.
I enjoy and respect the accessibility of street theatre and am interested in all genres of performance and crossing between disciplines. I have some basic yet solid circus skills including unicycle, walking on hands and juggling. I play the guitar, ukulele and harmonica. I also sing and compose songs. My visual art practice is mainly drawings, painting, and sculpture. I have a passion for papier mache sculpture and community based projects. I enjoy sharing my skills.
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I am a Physical Theatre Performer, Puppeteer and Theatre Maker currently based in Galway.
I began my studies at L'Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Barcelona. Upon graduating, I continued my studies at Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, where I completed a 4 years Drama degree, specializing in Physical Theatre. I finished my Drama Degree on an Erasmus programme at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
I moved to Ireland in the Summer of 2010, and since then I have worked with a wide range of theatre companies and artists.
As a theatre maker and a performer my work can be defined as multidisciplinary, mixing physical theatre, use of masks, puppetry, dance, visual arts and live music.
I am the Artistic director and creator of Kadira theatre, currently working on the production of “Blanca”
Learn more about their upcoming performances at Spraoi here.
What is N.E.S.T?
N.E.S.T is a mentoring initiative supported by Arts Council Ireland offering new emerging street artists the opportunity to develop new work and present it to a public audience in a nurturing environment. It heightens the artists profile among programmers - national and international, and provides ongoing mentoring, support and guidance from N.E.S.T partners. NEST17 programme is open to solo or two-hander acts.