Discover the Arts in Wicklow

Mermaid is funded by The Arts Council, Wicklow County Council and Bray Town Council and forms a key part of the artistic infrastructure of Wicklow.

Mermaid supports a number of festivals in Wicklow including Kilruddery Film Festival, Bray Summerfest and Bray Jazz Festival.

Wicklow has a strong tradition of film making and Ardmore Studios, Ireland's only four walled studio, was founded here in 1958 and has since been the location for over 100 films. Artist Fiona Hallinan was resident in Mermaid Gallery for a month during 2009. Fiona had an open studio in the gallery, where the legacy of Ardmore Studios were recorded, archived, discussed and processed through stories drawn from the local community. As a result of her residency Fiona has created an audio walking tour of Bray town based on the narratives recorded.

Another support for professional artists in Wicklow is ArtLinks. An innovative arts resource programme for those aged 18 years and over, who live in the Local Authority administrative areas of Co. Carlow, Co. Kilkenny, Co. Waterford, Co. Wexford and Co. Wicklow. ArtLinks, a partnership programme between the five Arts Offices of these Counties and supported by the Arts Council, aims to both provide a range of professional services and networking opportunities to all Creative Practitioners, and highlight their creative work to a wider audience. Find out more at www.artlinks.ie  

If you are not a professional artist but would like to get involved, there are a number of local arts groups that regularly perform at Mermaid Arts Centre and if you are interested in joining them please call our box office for their contact details.