JumpStart Residency 2023/2024 Callout

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The ISACS Network is delighted to announce the second edition of the JumpStart Residency.

This multi-annual, artist development platform is presented in partnership with Earagail Arts Festival, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, and Fidget Feet Irish Aerial Dance Festival, and is supported by The Arts Council of Ireland.

This nationwide residency offers an artistic and sectoral mentoring programme for emerging aerial dance and circus artists via an open call.

Jumpstart creates opportunities to develop the street arts, circus and spectacle artforms by connecting established artists with emerging aerial artists – sharing, enriching and expanding their artistic ambitions.


The priority for JumpStart 23/24 will be to facilitate the selected artist to develop their Artistic thought/Creative Process and Physical Technique.

JumpStart aims to build confidence in the selected artist and develop a practical support network between programmers and artists while providing artistic mentoring and development.


The programme will consist of:

Year 1: Residencies and mentoring

The artist will be resident in the North West of Ireland throughout Summer 2023, being mentored by experienced aerial artists and producers as follows:

  • 1 week Residency in Sligo, during Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, 2-8 July
  • 1 week Residency in Donegal, during the Earagail Arts Festival, 9-15 July
  • 1 week Residency in Letterkenny, during the Irish Aerial Dance Festival, 16-22 July.

Year 2: The partnering Festivals will provide the selected artist with a platform to showcase the work in progress during Summer 2024.


We are seeking to support artists who are:

  • Current members of the ISACS Network
  • Experimental or site-specific or outdoors or cross-artform or multidisciplinary with an emphasis on aerial arts
  • Irish-based

And artists who have:

  • An artistic idea for development and potential presentation in summer 2024

Applications will be welcomed from those who identify as being part of a minority/disadvantaged group.

All applicants must be fully available and committed to the programme from the 1st – 23rd July 2023.


Deadline for applications is Wednesday 15 of February 2023, at noon. Apply by filling out this form HERE→

Earagail Arts Festival is kindly supported by Donegal County Council, The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon & Wild Atlantic Way

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