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ISACS Member - Lumen Street Theatre at Limerick Circus250 Parade | Photography Sean Curtin
Date: Tuesday 12th December
Time: 9:30 am- 4:30 pm
Where: Arts Council Ireland, 70 Merrion Square, Dublin
Tickets: Limited to 30 FREE seats for ISACS members only Book seat here | Sign up 

Arts Council funding street arts circus

Join the Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network for a day of training on writing effective funding application with funding expert Rowena Neville and Davide Terlingo, Head of Circus, Dance, Street Arts & Spectacle at Arts Council Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday 12th of December.

The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network are delighted to announce they have partnered up with The Arts Council to host ‘Building Your Pitch’ Writing Effective Funding applications for Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network members. The clinic will be facilitated by Rowena Neville, lead consultant at Blue Line Consulting and with a special focus on future Arts Council Programmes by Davide Terlingo – Head of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle, Arts Council Ireland.

This event is free but uniquely opened to ISACS members. If you're not a member, you can join today with our special offer for first timers of €30 for the year here.

The funding clinic will cover:

  • How to communicate through your funding applications
  • Arts Council Funding clinic about current schemes (Project Award, Bursary Awards, Programme Funding, Travel & Training Award)
  • What funding is available for street arts, circus and spectacle artists
  • Personal guidance and Q&A
  • Final conclusions

[Scroll down for full schedule]


Rowena Neville

Rowena Neville 2017

Rowena is lead consultant at Blue Line Consulting, working across public affairs, communications, policy, capacity building and strategic development for a number of organisations in business, the arts, local authorities and third sector. 

Rowena left the organisation Business to Arts in 2016 after twelve years in roles that spanned Marketing, Public Relations, Strategic Partnerships and Acting Chief Executive. Rowena led all programmes, communications and strategic partnerships for the organisation, and consulted with a large number of companies on maximising the impact of their cultural investment portfolios. Before joining Business to Arts, Rowena worked in a number of roles over seventeen years at The Irish Museum of Modern Art, the last five as Head of Sponsorship and Fundraising where she worked to develop new income for the Museum. 


Davide Terlingo

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Davide Terlingo is Head of Circus, Dance, Street Arts & Spectacle at Arts Council Ireland since 2013.






9.30       Registration and gather – Breakfast Meet & Greet

10.00     Welcome & Introduction

Welcome | ISACS CEO Lucy Medlycott

Introduction, Outline of the day & Scene Setting  | Rowena Neville


10.05     Scene Setting – Where are we now? 

Attendees introduction roundtable                 

What challenges do you face when making the case for your organisation? 

What is your greatest strength? 

What would an investor get from investing in you?


10.30     What is possible?

The Funding Utopia – Public Funding; Private Investment; Earned Income  |  Rowena Neville

Possible funding sources  |  Lucy Medlycott &  Rowena Neville

How a strong vision can attract funding                                                                                          

Matching your work and vision to potential investors – shared objectives               

Researching a funder and understanding are you eligible to apply


11.30    Arts Council Funding Clinic  |  Davide Terlingo

Project Awards                                                                                                          

Bursary Awards                                                                                                                        

Programme Funding                                                                                                               

Travel & Training


1.00       Lunch in-house  | Luncheonette


2.00       Reflections on the Presentations : What we know now                                                                             

Are Arts Council funding areas relevant to your work?                                                                                

What should you be aiming to do, that you aren’t already?                                                                       

What are the weaknesses to address to achieve that?                                                                                

Vision and Values for the future                                                                                                                         

Key Priorities


 2.45      New Rhetoric                                 

Creating compelling communications for what you do that speak to funders’ objectives 

Getting ready to write funding applications or investment proposals

Setting a critical path to ensure you meet deadlines

Who do you need on your team to help you? 

Delivering value to funders


3.50       Revisit issues that were set aside during the day                                                             

All participants identify their epiphanies during the day. 

Make a personal commitment for what they will focus on to help drive successful funding applications


4.00       Final reflections from the Chief Executive


 Many thanks to BlueLine Consulting, and Arts Council Ireland for their support.

Arts Council funding street arts circus

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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