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ISACS Member - Alex Allison of Maleta
ISACS Member - Alex Allison of Maleta

This 4-week residency is being offered by the Áras Éanna Arts Centre on Inis Oírr and with the support of the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network towards the third edition of the International Seminar for the Development of FRESH STREET#3, an event in partnership with Circostrada and Galway 2020. A work-in-progress performance will be shared with the international delegation from FRESH STREET #3, when they come as part of the conference programme for a one-day exploration of Inis Oírr on the 23rd of May.



As a result of our partnership with Circostrada, the ISACS Network will host the International conference FRESH STREET#3 in partnership with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture. This event is scheduled to take place from 22 – 24th May 2019. It will see over 250 international delegates with a professional background and passion for all thing’s street arts from all over the world in attendance. Artists, Practitioners, Programmers, Producers, Festivals, Stakeholders, Policymakers, Journalists and more will make up the audience.

The theme of this event is ‘Place and Identity’ and is driven largely by the global and local crisis that the world is experiencing currently in relation to how we relate, feel and perceive same.

The event will be hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway, with a one-day exploration of place and identity on the beautiful Inis Oírr – Aran Islands, Atlantic Ocean, Galway.


About ISACS Network

The Irish Street Art, Circus and Spectacle Network is a membership organisation which aims to support, encourage and empower these collective art forms.

Established in late 2010, the ISACS network has currently over 100 members all across Ireland and beyond from these diverse art forms.

ISACS goals are:

  1. To nurture, support and encourage emerging and established street, circus and spectacle artists and arts organisations as they undertake their journeys towards productive, professional and sustainable careers.
  2. To develop opportunities, build partnerships and stimulate exchanges between the ISACS sector and national and international interests.
  3. To grow, maintain and represent a strong, respected and cohesive Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle sector in Ireland.

We want to see a thriving, sustainable and connected street, circus and spectacle sector in and of Ireland


The ISACS Network is supported by the Arts Council of IrelandWexford County Council and Culture Ireland.

In addition, we are active members of the European network for these art forms – Circostrada, as well as Theatre ForumOutdoor Arts UKBusiness 2 ArtsThe Wheel and more. We are academic partners with the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.


Áras Éanna | Inis Oirr Artistic Residency 2019

inis oirr

What is this residency about: The residency is aimed towards the creation of a site responsive piece of work, belonging to the people and the island of Inis Oírr. The piece will be presented as a work in progress during the FRESH STREET#3 international conference on the 23rd May.

Who can apply: We are looking for artists from all disciplines and genres wishing to work outdoors on a site responsive project, directly tied to the people and the island of Inis Oírr. Applications from national and international artists are welcome. To find out more about the unique Inis Oírr visit the Aran Islands website.

When is the Residency: Monday 6th May – Friday 31st May 2019

The Space: The residency is in the outdoors on the island of Inis Oírr. The successful candidate will receive living quarters in the Áras Éanna Arts centre. This consists of an open plan room with a double bed, a futon and a kitchen area. In addition, a small studio is provided overlooking the Atlantic Ocean for planning, thinking and creative process. The optimum number of people that this space can accommodate is two, with a maximum of three in the living quarters.

The Arts centre also boasts a small 70 seater black box theatre which has a renowned acoustic sound among musicians and sound artists. This space may be made available for rehearsal/ planning in the event of its requirement.

Áras Éanna Arts Centre provides a hub for artists to gather and present work with the people of the island. It aims to support and encourage indigenous craft, culture, story-telling and expression.

What do we offer the artist:

In addition to the use of the space outlined above, the ISACS and Áras Éanna team offer the following:

- local knowledge, contacts, introductions and technical support from the team at Áras Éanna

- marketing, promotion and media through ISACS, CircostradaGalway 2020 and the Áras Éanna networks (mailings, social media, local and national press etc)

- an artistic mentor specialised in rural areas to support the selected artist

- a stipend towards the total travel expenses and per diems will be made available upon proof of expenditure

- production costs may also be negotiated according to the scale and ambition of the proposed work

Practical Considerations: This residency is on a remote island in the Atlantic Ocean, access to the island is by boat or by a very small plane and is weather dependent. Once on the island transport is by foot, bicycle or horse and trap. There are a small grocery shop, some bars and small restaurants available in the village near the quay. Áras Éanna Arts centre is a 15-minute walk to the village.


APPLICATION (now closed)

Criteria: Applicants must submit:

  • A full detailed proposal outlining ideas/vision/desire to create work within and with Inis Oírr and its people along with a full production budget.

In addition to this, applicants must submit the following:

  • CV of the company/ of all the artists involved in the project
  • 3 images of recent work
  • at least one short video of recent work

Successful applicants must demonstrate a strong track record in creating work in the outdoors, in a participatory process and in engagement. A familiarity with Inis Oírr will be an advantage.

Selection Panel: Dara Mc Gee – Artistic Director of Áras Éanna Arts Centre, Maggie Clarke - Member of FRESH STREET workgroup, Craig Flaherty – Cultural Producer | Galway 2020

Our Plans:

Our plans for FRESH STREET#3 participants on the island, involve collective reflection, presence, time and participation in creative work. The work created through the residency ideally would have a resonance and a relevance to Inis Oírr.

In a world where we are all time poor and bombarded with constant information, we feel that authentic experience of place and self is less and less often truly felt. This requires creating opportunities to make space and to acknowledge the value of doing so.

We envision the creation of site-specific work responding to and with the place and the community.

The opportunity to participate in an artistic residency in partnership with the Áras Éanna for the month of May, would allow artists to really experience and feel the location for which they are responding to. It aims to encourage, stimulate and support the creation of an authentic original place and people responsive work.

Please submit your application to: info@isacs.ie Please mark the subject line as: Áras Éanna Residency | FRESH STREET#3 | ISACS Network

Deadline to apply: 18/12/2018           Successful candidates will be notified by 21st December 2018.

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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