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ISACS is working to develop the sector by providing professional advice, training, mentorship, and development to our members. We host a number of professional development programmes in response to the needs of our members and of the art forms as a whole. Please see below for recent ISACS events including available resources and downloads.

Training 2018

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Dance Ireland, Foley Street, Wednesday 23rd May.

The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network was delighted to present 'The fine art of negotiating and business savvy' - A business training for ISACS members only led by business expert Rowena Neville.


To open a conversation among the ISACS members about the benefits and advantages of working in an art form which has a potential commercial value and opportunity. To look at the pros and cons of pricing and placing a value on your work and how to do so in a fair, equitable and open way which will lead to the development of the wider sector. Learn from your peers, share and look at ways that we can co-operate as a sector and support each other collectively.


  • Negotiation Skills – Tips and Hints
  • Pricing – Placing value on your time that's equitable
  • Pitfalls & Risks – Highs and Lows
  • Market forces and places
  • When and how to pick your battles

PPE 3 days training - working at height 

PPE Training

Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Limerick, Friday 23rd February 2018

Fidget Feet Aerial Dance in association with the Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network, hosted AID CONSULTANCY to deliver a 3-day training course from Wednesday 21st to Friday 23rd February at the Irish Aerial Creation Centre. This course was essential for all Irish based aerial circus training spaces, aerial circus companies and riggers.

All participants received a certificate to state that they took part in a Work at Height PPE User Inspection course.

Course content included:

  • – Work at height awareness,
  • – Rescue processes and procedures, including fall factors and treatment of suspension trauma,
  • – Risk Assessment,
  • – Method statements, and
  • – Health and safety.

The course was facilitated by Tjebbe Roestenburg Managing Director, Aid Consultancy UK Irata A/3/685/I L3 Supervisor, Assessor & Lead Auditor

Training 2017

Building your pitch writing effective funding applications ISACS low res

Arts Council Ireland, Tuesday 12th December

The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network 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 was 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.

The funding clinic covered:

  • 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

Read more on the event, programme and speakers here

STILLPOINT four-days intensive workshop with John Fox & Sue Gill 

Cork Community Art Link, 12-15 June

Described as ‘English Visionaries’ and at the vanguard of radical arts practice for five decades, John Fox and Sue Gill brought their distinctive vision to Cork Midsummer Festival.


ISACS has partnered up with Cork Midsummer Festival to offer one ISACS member 1 free scholarship to our member Macha.

John Fox & Sue Gill led the workshop using their expertise in artistic strategies from visual art, theatre, music and dance, and by working with the skills the 12 participants brought, and those they had themselves. The workshop culminated with a collaborative performance presented as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.

Read Macha's feedback.


Training 2016

Arts Council Funding Information Clinic for Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle

National Circus Festival Ireland, Tralee, Kerry, 12th November 2016

AC Funding Clinic 2016

Kindly led by Davide Terlingo: Head of Circus, Dance, Street Arts & Spectacle and Verena Cornwall: Circus, Dance, Street Arts & Spectacle Adviser, Arts Council Ireland

Critical Encounters

In November 2016, Dr Niamh Nic Ghabhann and the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick hosted a series of talks over 2 days that addressed ways to critically engage with Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle.


Critical Writing


Invited guests included;

Floriane Gaber

Floriane Gaber is a writer, researcher, journalist, teacher and cultural consultant. She is a well-travelled European commentator and critic of street theatre, mime, circus and spoken/written word performance. She has been published widely and is a regular contributor to cultural and arts journals and magazines. Her books 40 ans d’arts de la rue and How it all started: street arts in the context of the 1970s are important texts that chart this history of street and outdoor arts.

Lucy Medlycott

Lucy Medlycott BA, FRSA is project manager for the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network ISACS. ISACS is Ireland’s lead umbrella organisation for the development and support of these art forms in Ireland today. Lucy co-founded and managed outdoor arts company Bui Bolg in Wexford from 1994 to 2013.

Kim Tilbrook

Kim Tilbrook is a producer and facilitator with over 25 years’ experience of working on socially engaged arts projects, including Nowhere Island for the 2012 Olympiad, Wye Valley River Festival and numerous opportunities for youth participation in the South West.

Paschale Straiton

Paschale Straiton is artistic director of Red Herring, an outdoor theatre company based in Brighton. She trained at Circomedia Circus School, Bristol and holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck, UCL. She has worked as a deviser with companies ranging from Wildworks to Improbable.

Cristín Leach

Cristín Leach is an art critic who has been writing for The Sunday Times Ireland since 2003. As a freelance broadcaster, she has reported and reviewed on TV and radio for arts programmes including RTÉ's The Works, The View, The Arts Show, Rattlebag and Arena, since 1999. She was Entertainment Editor for RTÉ Interactive from 2001-2003 where she launched and edited the national broadcaster's first online arts and culture website, rte.ie/ACE. A graduate of UCC Arts and DCU School of Journalism, she teaches occasional critical journalism workshops.

Students from the MA Festive arts continued on to the National Circus Festival Ireland in Tralee where they had the opportunity to put their learning into practice, under the expert mentoring of Florian Gaber. Many thanks to all the wonderful speakers and we look forward to publishing the final texts.

Balancing Your Books: A One Day Guide to Tax and Self-Employment with Dean Haughey of JPAS Ltd.

Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, September 27th 2016


Balancing Your Books

ISACS presented a practical training programme 'Balancing your Books' A One Day Guide to Tax and Self-Employment with Dean Haughey of JPAS Ltd.

Available Downloads:

Download Slide Show guide to Tax and Self-Employment

This training programme was presented in association with the dlr Arts Office, Dun Laoghaire at the wonderful LexIcon Library. Many thanks to Carolyn Brown for all her assistance. 

Physical Theatre and Mask Technique Master Class with Boom Circus (US)

Enniscorthy, Wexford, 26th, 27th July 2016

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Led by David Poznanter and Peter Sweet of Boom Circus, this 2 day workshop focused:

  • Spatial awareness.
  • Fixed points and articulation.
  • Mask technique.
  • Contact and clarity in theatrical mask improvisation


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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