Our Purpose: Creating Connection
Mermaid Arts Centre is County Wicklow’s creative powerhouse. Since 2002, our building has been a celebratory stage for artists and communities locally and nationally. Our work connects artists and communities across County Wicklow in exchanging artistic experiences that spark curiosity, delight and debate, while fostering pride, pleasure and well-being.
Our purpose is driven by a fundamental belief in the power of shared experience and connection in combatting loneliness and isolation among people, and in the right to freedom of artistic expression and creation for all.
We implement our purpose by:
- Gathering artists and audiences together to create, participate in and enjoy unforgettable artistic experiences either in our home venue in Bray or elsewhere in County Wicklow.
- Providing an artist-led creative hub and artistic resource for artists and companies in County Wicklow, working in both professional and amateur contexts.
- Sustaining the work of artists through employment opportunities, advocacy and practical supports for their creative development.
- Enriching the lives of all communities in County Wicklow through the creation, co-creation and presentation of a diverse programme of excellent contemporary arts experiences.
- Living our values in all that we do: Imagination, Inclusion, Collaboration, Excellence, and Integrity.
In the period 2021-2025, our vision is to deepen Mermaid’s roots in the community as an arts centre that champions access to art and creativity for all; to make Mermaid more sustainable by becoming increasingly relevant to more people – whether the artistic community or the community at large; to enable as many citizens of Wicklow as possible to feel a sense of ownership over or belonging to Mermaid.