Architectural Circus


National tour of Ireland providing community workshops and design sessions for opportunities or problems within 10 different locations . Working with all age groups and organisations.


Client: Arts Council of Ireland

Duration: 3 Months


icecream architecture delivered a major nationwide research and consultation programme of events on behalf of the Arts Council of Ireland and the Irish Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. The engagement and research programme, entitled the ‘Architectural Circus’ sought to engage with community groups and business networks across Ireland in order to feedback findings and a holistic community engagement report.


icecream carried out a month-long tour that included 12 independent projects of various scales and reached a broad demographic, collaborating with numerous local visual artists, architects and designers along the way.


At Carlow for example, the team worked with Carlow Town Traders to develop a report into retail trends, development of vacant spaces and marketing campaigns to boost the local retail and social sectors.  The report was utilised to canvass the local council, who are considering the findings with respect of future developments in the town centre.

The whistle stop tour engaged with local communities, development groups and schools whilst integrating with local and International Festivals such as Dublin Contemporary and the Wexford Fringe and Opera Festivals. The produce of the tour and the findings for the Community Consultation Report are currently being collated and analysed to gain understanding for the Council under their engagement and consultation remit.