Commissions & Residencies
In 2014 Mermaid SPACE was introduced at Mermaid Arts Centre. These are artists residencies at Mermaid, to produce, research and play. The residencies vary in length of time, space and level of support and are divided into three basic types; Research and Development, Creation and Production. Our artist residencies and supports are a way for us to ensure we keep artists at our heart. Keeping artists at our core, helps keep us relevant.
We have great news, our Dance Artists Nick Bryson, Karen Gleeson and Aisling O’Coineen have again received support from the Arts Council and Wicklow County Council Arts Office to work as Dance Artists in Residence for another year – we’re delighted.
THEATREclub’s Grace Dyas, Gemma Collins and Lauren Larkin, who are in residency July 2015 to make a new work The Game, have been selected to present in Dublin Theatre Festival 2015.
Gemma Gallagher, Shadowbox Theatre Company has also worked over the summer with the incredible Veronica Coburn on the development of a new work and in September will host another ten week programme of Visual Theatre workshops for artists with disabilities.
We are also supporting the development and presentation of an exciting new production Temptress by Wicklow writer Philip St John.
Mermaid has also been working behind the scenes with a group of eight visual artists from Wicklow; Joanne Boyle, Raine Hozier Byrne, Rachel Fallon, Emma Finucane, Laura Kelly, Joanna Kidney, Eleanor Phillips and Ann Marie Webb. The artists approached Mermaid with the ongoing issue of struggling to find affordable space within their own locality. We’ve helped to find and negotiate a space with the artists and they have established their own new independent artist led studio in Bray called OUTPOST STUDIOS. The studios will officially launch on the 5th September and their ethos is one of community, sustainability and inclusivity. We wish them every success in their new home.
And finally, Mermaid are partnering with Creative Producer Lian Bell with the support of a Theatre Development Award from The Arts Council to run a pilot programme designed to support freelance artists to germinate new ideas. It’s designed to test out ways to support directors, devisers, writers, designers and creative producers, at all stages of their careers.
We’ll have an open call in November so keep an eye on our emails and sign up to our mailing list (via our web-site) if you’re not already on it. The exciting thing about Gap Day is that even though it will initially be a small offer, it is a chance to try to buy freelance artists time for breathing space and creative thinking. It is an offer of care for an artist’s creative wellbeing. It is what an arts centre like Mermaid is all about.
Past residencies and commissions have included:
Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon (Brokentalkers), Shaun Dunne, Aine Stapleton, John Abercrombie, Michael Buckley, Cora Venus Lunny & Redmond O’Toole, Rex Levitates, Wonderland Productions, Tarab Niwel, Tsumbu & Roger Doyle, Fiona Hallinan, Swimming Naked Prohecy, Aideen Barry, and Ciaran Taylor – Carpet Theatre Company.