Future of Ireland’s Leading Centre for Youth and Social Circus Development: Threatened by Insurance.
Street Arts Body calls for Local Authorities to intervene with emergency measure.
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.”