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ISACS Member - Loosysmokes | Photo: Louise McCague

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

PPE 3 days training - working at height 

PPE Training

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 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.

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

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

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. 

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

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

Enniscorthy, Wexford, 26th, 27th July 2016

Boom circus MC

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
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