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 Sumemrfest and Bray Jazz Festival.

We have also toured exhibitions to Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely. While in 2010 our resident theatre company Wonderland Productions toured throughout Wicklow to

Wicklow has a strong tradition of film making and Ardmore Studios, Irelands 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 the month of July. 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. This is now available to the public from Mermaid Arts Centre.

If you would like to find out more about Wicklow County Councils Arts Strategy you can download it here:
download Wicklow County Arts Strategy (pdf)

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  

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.